Posts on Sep 2013

Cedarlands Conservation Easement

Cedarlands Conservation Easement is located in Long Lake, NY. The easement is open to the public from September until June. It is off limits to the public during the summer months while the Boy Scout Camp is open.

Cedarlands Conservation Easement

Map of Cedarlands Conservation Easement

From Long Lake Hamlet (downtown) drive north on NY 30 and turn right onto Kickerville Lane. Go down Kickerville for 2 miles and the road turns into dirt. There are very forbidding signs on the right hand side of the dirt road that say No trespassing, private property and no clear marking for the easement property. The public does have access to the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Parking lot which is .8 miles down the dirt road on the left. Walk down the road .3 miles to three gated roads, take the gate on the left which continues the journey to Mud Pond and continues on to McRorie Lake.

You can hike to Mud Pond Mountain, but on the Cedarlands signs it is marked as OA Mountain. These trails are marked with tape and blue and silver discs. The hike offers beautiful views of McRorie Lake and the high peaks, but it’s a steep trek to get to the top. Use caution and take your time. Trail best climbed in decent weather. It is a faint path on an overgrown woods road and look for OA Trailhead sign. Use caution and always tell someone where you are going when hiking as there is no registration book at this trail site and it’s not a typical trailhead sign.

The DEC hasn’t marked these trails 100% at this writing and there are plans underway to someday make a more accesible portage to Mud Pond from the parking lot.

The hike into the woods is a pleasant wide road with some downed trees. The road is also open to biking.

The map (attached) This map has been compiled from many sources, and verified wherever possible, by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Please note:
The Department makes no warranty as to the accuracy of this map and holds no liability for use of this map for any purpose. This map is intended to provide a generalized overview of recreational opportunities. This is not a trail map or land use map. Please obtain – and know how to use – topographic maps, compass, and a GPS device (optional) for navigational purposes. This map may be distributed for free, but must include this disclaimer.

Fall Foliage 2013

Foliage Video Alert! Scroll down and click on the Fall Foliage Video!

Have you heard about the Fall Photo Contest? Submit entries by Oct 18th to

Fall Foliage 2013. Check out some beautiful colors and visit Long Lake. Discover the magic of the Adirondacks and make Long Lake your first and last stop along the way!

Have you seen the Buttercup? How bout a visit to the historic Long Lake Cemetery with its visit of Mt. Sabattis. Picnic at Mt. Sabattis with gorgeous foliage views of Long Lake. Make the list and check it off. WW Durant, RL Tap Room, Great Camp Sagamore, Seaplane Ride, Visits to the Adk Museum and the Wild Center. So much to see and do you’ll have to extend your stay!

Once you’re done with all your leaf peeping submit your fall foliage photos to and return on October 25th to the Adirondack Hotel for an Artist’s Reception featuring a slide show of all the entries, and an awards ceremony.

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Leaf Peeping Trip to Long Lake 4 Days

There is a wealth of fun and discovery to be had in Long Lake and its surrounding areas. Make Long Lake your home base for exploring the region during leaf peeping season. Lodging information and much more is available at Once you set up your base in Long Lake, use this as a guide to get the most out of your fall foliage seeking experience. Long Lake is located at the intersection of NYS Route 30 (known as Deerland Road) and 28N (known as the Newcomb Road) The Long Lake Town Offices (more more info) is at 1130 Deerland Road. The Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office can be reached at 518.624.3077

Day 1:
Start out your road trip adventure by meandering over to the Hamlet of Raquette Lake, there are many great places along the way to take in the blazing colors of the season’s foliage. First, be sure to take a slight side trip to Buttermilk Falls on your way out of Long Lake as you head towards Raquette Lake on North Point Road. These beautiful falls are not to be missed, especially when they are surrounded by the stunning colors of Autumn. As you continue your adventure, be sure to stop along the shores of Blue Mountain Lake to bask in the vibrant hues of the season. There are numerous other spots to enjoy the foliage along your drive. Raquette Lake is home to Great Camp Sagamore, 27 authentic National Historic Landmark designated buildings that were the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Great Camp Sagamore is a wonderful place to explore and step back into the Guilded Age. Daily tours are offered at 1:30pm through October 14th. Round out you visit to Raquette Lake with a boating excursion aboard the W.W. Durant with Raquette Lake Navigation Company. The Durant offers a number of cruise options throughout October 19th, including luncheon tours, scenic excursions, and dinner cruises. Call 315-354-5532 for cruise schedules and reservations. (Trip suggestion: cruise aboard the Durant’s Saturday luncheon cruise from 11am-1pm and then motor over to Great Camp Sagamore for the 1:30 guided tour.) Upon return to Long Lake, be sure to visit one of our local restaurants for dinner, the Adirondack Hotel, the Cellar, and the Owl’s Head Pub offer up a variety of great options.

Day 2:
For the second day of your Long Lake adventure, head north along Route 30 to the Wild Center, a natural history museum with a 31-acre campus, located in Tupper Lake. The Wild Center is home to the infamous Otter Exhibit, along with numerous other engaging exhibits to explore, both indoors and out. Another relatively new exhibit, Planet Adirondack, features a giant interactive floating earth with an insight into all regions of the globe. Also, take a moment to check out the award-winning film, Flight of the Butterflies, an amazing story of Monarchs and their migrations. The Wild Center is open seven days a week, from 10am-5pm, through Columbus Day. Once you have completed your exploration, head back to Long Lake, be sure to take in the beauty of the drive as you pass by numerous ponds and lakes on your drive including Grampus Lake Outlet right along route 30. Once you return to Long Lake, stop at Helm’s Aero Service for a scenic flight. This is a breathtaking opportunity to take in the vastness and awesome beauty of the region with its multitude of lakes, streams, ponds and forestland. Call 518.624.3931 for a reservation or info.

Day 3:
On the third day of your adventure, head to the renowned Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Along the way, be sure to look for stunning pictures that could be entered into Long Lake’s Fall Photo Contest! Stop at the South Pond rest area and venture down the short path to the pond’s beautiful hidden shoreline. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to visit the museum, it is deceptive from the parking lot, there is a lot to this vast campus, featuring 22 exhibits. You can explore many facets of Adirondack history, including historic boats, logging traditions, various forms of transportation. The museum is home to the carriage that rushed Vice President Theodore Roosevelt to North Creek the night President McKinley died, Noah John Rondeau’s hermit cottage from Cold River at the north end of Long Lake, along with the fire tower from Whiteface Mountain. It is easy to spend the entire day at this museum, and you just might want to spend two with all of the historic treasures it has to showcase. Be sure to eat lunch at the museum’s Lakeview Café, providing a beautiful overlook of Blue Mountain Lake.

Day 4:
On your fourth day, venture over towards Newcomb, NY to get an amazing look at the high peaks and explore part of the route Theodore Roosevelt traveled on his midnight trip to presidency. Route 28N has recently been repaved and while some construction remains, this section of road is a great alternative route to access Interstate 87 aka the Northway. If you are traveling towards Interstate 87 to return home, this is a great option, providing spectacular views and a few points of interest along the way, including the remains of Aden Layer, where Roosevelt changed carriages on his way to the North Creek train station the night President McKinley died.

Buttermilk Falls

The trail to Buttermilk Falls is only about 0.1 miles, but Buttermilk falls is so much more than a walk. This destination is a great all-round spot for the entire family no matter age, physical ability level or experience.
Above the falls there is a canoe launch that can be used for boating up the Raquette River to a nice lean-to on a grassy point. Right above the falls there are several rock outcropping, opening up picnic areas and places to relax by the sounds of rushing water.

Below the falls there is also picnic spots, as well as swimming areas directly below the falls or a bit further down the Raquette River. The rocky falls are not recommended for climbing or diving from and should be highly respected.
There are also picnic benches in the area as well as a hiking trail. The hiking trail is designated as a canoe carry and part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. You can hike this trail to the put-in below the falls. Past this put-in there is a herd path along the river to access nice swimming areas downstream as well as attractive views out over the water. Eventually the herd path will connect with another carry trail and eventually end at two lean-tos on the south end of Long Lake.

Distance Round Trip:
Less than 0.5 miles
Approximate Time:
Minutes to the base of the falls, 30-minutes to the twin lean-tos on Long Lake

Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue to North Point Road on the right (located on sharp corner). Follow North Point Road for around 2-miles to the parking on the right.

Winter Access:
This area can be easily accessed in winter but the falls are much less dramatic. However the ice formations on the rocks can be very interesting. Be aware that the area can be very dangerous and slippery during the colder months.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Fall Paddling Long Lake NY Adirondacks

For those of you reading this that might be new to the Adirondack Region here is a bit of a quick overview. The Adirondack Park is over 6,000,000 acres in size broken up between public (state) and private land. Within those 6-million acres is over 2,300 ponds and lakes, 1,500 miles of rivers and well over 30,000 miles of streams and brooks. However, not all of which can be paddled due to many factors, such as lack of an access point, private property and/or not sufficient enough water to support boat travel. With that being said, there are numerous options within the park and the Long Lake Region has a bunch to offer.

The water temperatures are going in the opposite direction than they did in the spring. Every day the water is getting cooler than it was the day before. With a consciousness of safety and the proper gear, there’s a couple more months of really good paddling under our belt.

Paddling the Adirondacks is not only one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities in the park but it offers unique views into the lives of all species of wildlife. Now that the summer is on the way out, the cold temperatures are sure to bring a morning frost relatively quickly. As soon as this happens the leaves start to change much more rapidly and the fall colors become breathtaking, and from the water, no question. The red maples already have already started to change in some areas. The yellows and oranges will be next and then the vibrant yellows of the tamaracks in the marshlands. These yellows, so vibrant they take over the landscape and make paddling the marshes and boggy areas of local ponds and rivers a fantastic place to be.

Fall paddling in the Adirondacks can be experienced by all, but this definitely is no time to skimp on the gear and the preparation. A PFD is as important now as it ever was, but even more so when the exposure to cold water can affect the ability to swim and tread water. A personal floatation device or life vest should be worn at all times. When selecting which one to wear, make sure it is sized correctly and fitted to your body securely. A type III PFD, certified by the USCG is highly recommended.

Be sure to consider the type of water to explore. Adirondack lakes and ponds tend to be very shallow in areas which create more waves than deeper bodies of water. A change in weather patterns can affect these shallower bodies of water rather quickly and change your days paddle. With bigger waves come splashing. This is where a spray skirt with proper cold water gear becomes important. Rivers have a stronger current which can cause your boat to react differently. Be cautious of rapids and waterfalls when paddling rivers. In short, have a map and compass and know about the water you will be paddling.

A float plan is very important. Write out the route, and plan of the day so someone can locate you, just in case something happens. Leave the float plan with someone in your household. With the float plan you should have the appropriate gear for your trip. The proper gear would include map and compass and/or GPS, spray skirt, dry bags and even the use of a wet or dry suit or even just some neoprene layers. The neoprene not only acts as a wet suit and helps keep you warm, even when wet, but also adds a layer of floatation. There is much more paddling gear out that you should consider having. At least one person in your group should have a paddle float, a throw bag, a bilge pump and a first aid kit. Food and water are also very important in cold weather to keep up morale, energy and body warmth.

If you have never paddled before and feel uncomfortable doing so for the first time, especially in cold water conditions, we encourage you to take a lesson from a local guide service. Many guide services will offer a 2 to 4 hour introductory course for a very reasonable price. Several local marinas and outfitters like Raquette River Outfitters (one is available in Long Lake) offers paddling gear and boat rentals. There are also plenty of places to warm up after, with year-round restaurants, motels and eateries with a variety of choices. Long Lake is your fall local paddling adventure destination is the perfect answer to a serious case of cabin fever.

by Spencer Morrissey

Spencer will be leading two fall outings. September 28th & October 12th. Call the Long Lake Town Office at 518.624.3077 to register. These trips are free and transportation is provided by the town of Long Lake. All trips leave from the LL Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847

Hamlets 3 Phase Two in Long Lake


The Town of Long Lake announces, on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 9am – Noon, “HAMLETS 3 PHASE 2:TRAINING & IMPLEMENTATION WORKSHOP” at Long Lake Central School.

Long Lake is one of five Adirondack hamlets selected to participate in this Hamlets 3 Phase 2 project. Alternative design plans with an emphasis on Jennings Park Pond and the Highway Garage Site will be presented for community discussion and feedback. Public presentations will be held in each community outlining Adirondack smart growth planning principles with specific references to individual projects within each community. display panels and a a workshop agenda will engage community participants in this hands on session. Workshop activities will include question and response interaction, idea sketching and choosing among alternatives. The feedback and suggestions will be recorded and incorporated into the final document for the project to be posted on line.


Roger Trancik, FASLA
Urban Design Consultants
Ithaca, New York

Long Lake Central School
Saturday, September 28, 2013
9am – Noon.

Open to the public.

Friday, September 27th 10am – 1pm, Indian Lake Town Hall, Indian Lake. Discussion about extending the T intersection, housing development and new Adirondack Lake Public Beach.
Friday, September 27th, 3pm – 6pm, Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Discussion about Adirondack Museum Hotel.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through its Smart Growth Initiative provided funds for the Hamlets 3 project.

In February 2013 after a public forum in the Hamlet of Long Lake the following vision statement was developed as a work in progress through the Hamlets 3 process.

Here is a link to the results of the 2013 Community Vision Survey for the Town of Long Lake. This is a google document.

Results of the 2013 Community Vision Survey for the Town of Long Lake

In fifteen years the hamlet of Long Lake will retain its character as a close knit community with emphasis on independence, pride, and place. The waterways and mountains around Long Lake create a unique scenic landscape as a unique place to visit, work, live and play. The quality of life will encompass healthy living, open spaces, and have a broad multigenerational appeal. The town will promote educational and work opportunities through its public school and high speed broadband. It will maintain sustainable infrastructure and modern amenities to benefit the year-round resident and will attract and retain new residents and visitors. The town will focus on the enhancing of its great recreational assets and open spaces to promote itself as a year-round recreational destination while retaining the small-town character. Core expansion will be geared towards the established business districts (uptown near Hoss’s Corner and downtown at the Town Beach), bridging the gap between the two by improving its curbside appeal and walkability. The town will promote technological advances to support entrepreneurial businesses and the self-employed, encourage beautifying existing businesses and structures, and improve the quality of infrastructure, such as water services, medical care and senior support. In brief, the town will offer a community of tidy business districts, support recreational activities such as hiking, paddling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, jogging, biking, paddling, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, while retaining the quiet quality of life and uncomplicated lifestyle, that have always made it an attractive place.

90 Miler in Long Lake

The paddlers of the Adirondack Canoe Classic now in its 31st year hit the waters of Long Lake, NY on September 7th, 2013 at 8:30am from the field of Endion on the south end of Long Lake. Paddlers faced overcast skies, a tailwind and a long lake. Spectators lined the town bridge cheering as the paddlers ventured on day two. Families, pit crews, cowbells and friendly faces bundled up in layers to beat off the damp cold.

Check out the video. It’s not likely to be super mobile-friendly so let us know on fb if you need it to be mobile friendly and we’ll get that up tomorrow.

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Leaf Peeping Fall Hiking Trips Slated for Long Lake Area

The Town of Long Lake will be offering three fall hikes during the leaf peeping season. The dates for the hikes will be September 28, October 5 and October 12th. They will be led by NYS certified guides Spencer Morrissey and Joan Collins. These hikes are offered to participants for no charge, but gratuities for the guides are encouraged and appreciated.

Spencer Morrissey

Spencer Morrissey is a 46er, a bushwack 46er, and Adirondack 100 finisher. He has climbed 675 different Adirondack peaks. Morrissey is proficient in GPS, map and compass navigation. In addition to year-round Adirondack excursions, Morrissey has also been a team leader of a Mt. Rainer expedition, a Team Leader for Mount Adams in Washington State, completion of New Hampshire’s 4000 footers, Death Valley expeditions as well as a vast resume of winter excursions. Morrissey is the author of “The Other 54,” and “Adirondack Trail Runner.” He also writes for the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau and the Town of Long Lake’s website

Joan Collins is a New York State licensed bird guide, bird walk leader, writer, speaker on ornithology topics and an Adirondack 46er. She has led walks and made presentations for many organizations including Audubon, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association. Joan is a serious ear-birder and is fascinated by bird vocalizations/sounds, bird behavior, migration, and the history of North American Ornithology. Joan Collins is a Fully Insured, New York State (NYS) Licensed Guide. Joan is a
Board Member NYS Ornithological Association and Northern NY Audubon Society.

View from Lows Ridge, photo by Spencer Morrissey

Saturday, September 28, West Mountain, in Raquette Lake, NY with Spencer Morrissey. Departure 9am. On this 9.6 mile round trip outing you will enjoy a slightly challenging full-day hike up a former firetower peak. This peak even without the tower offers very nice views of the surrounding area. Located in Raquette Lake you will have the opportunity to enjoy another region of the Central Adirondacks.

Saturday, October 5, 2013, Departure 8am
Lows Ridge/Hitchins Pond with Certified NYS Wilderness Guide, Joan Collins

Join Joan Collins for a walk into beautiful Hitchins Pond and the Upper Dam on the Bog River. Common Loons nest on Hitchins Pond each year. Bald eagles and Great Blue Herons are also a common sight. The route is an old dirt road that passes through many lovely and varied habitat areas. After the 2.5 mile walk on level terrain to Hitchins Pond, there will be a food break at a scenic picnic area. There will be an optional 1.5 mile round trip hike up Low’s Ridge featuring spectacular views of the Bog River Valley and High Peaks.

This is a flat, but long trip in a very isolated area. Hikers must be in appropriate condition and carry ample energy food and lunch due to the length of the walk. Check in with trip organizers to order a lunch to be delivered trailside from the Adk Trading Post for $10. The trip is approximately five to six hours in length.

Bug protection, hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, binoculars and appropriate clothing/jacket and footwear. Lunch menus will be provided and must be returned and paid for in cash before departure.

Saturday, October 12, Indian Pass with Spencer Morrissey, 9am
This 10.4 mile, one way through hike has been one of the more popular outings we have offered and have decided to open it up again for those who missed out. This time we will be hiking all the way through the pass from Tahawus to Lake Placid where the little bus will pick us up. This outstanding historic hike offers easy to very difficult terrain, but along the way the views and vistas are well worth the added effort.

All hikes require pre-registration and up to 15 can sign up for the excursion. Hikes are open to all ages, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-624-3077 to reserve your spot.

Free transportation is provided and all trips will depart from the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Rd, Long Lake NY. Pre-registration is recommended. Register by calling 518.624.3077. Please note that there are different departure times. September 28, West Mountain 9am, October 12th, Indian Pass, 9am and October 5th, Hitchin’s Pond/Lows Ridge 8am.

Gratuities Encouraged!

Fall Photo Contest

The Town of Long Lake announces the first 2013 Fall Photography Contest. Amateur photographers are invited to submit a maximum of three entries for the competition. Submissions should be photos from within Long Lake and Raquette Lake featuring the fall season.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Landscape, Best Wildlife and Best Black and White.

Only digital entries will be accepted. Entries must be submitted in jpeg format to by October 18th at 5pm with Name, address, phone, email, location where photo was taken and title, if any. Photos can only be submitted as an email attachment and should not exceed 10MB. Maximum of three entries per person.

The awards will be given out at an Artist’s reception on Friday, October 25th at a location and time to be announced.

All photos become the property of the Town of Long Lake. The Town of Long Lake reserves the right to use any image submitted to the photo contest for publicity purposes including, but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, General advertising, the Town Website or or for promotional purposes.

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