Posts on Feb 2014

Adult/Kid Team Fishing Derby Long Lake

On March 1st, 2014 join the Long Lake Fish and Game Club for the Adult / Child Team Fishing Derby Event. Teams of adults and child fish any of the waters around Long Lake for prizes. Sponsored by the Fish and Game Club. Call 518-624.2145 for more information.

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Registration 8:30am – 9am and weigh in 3pm at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site.
1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY
Pizza served at the weigh in.
Fish for Pike, Trout, Perch, Landlocked Salmon.
Fish Lake Eaton, South Pond or Long Lake
No entry fee.
Kids Ages 15- Under with an adult can participate

Usually members of the Fish & Game Club will set up a community fishing hole for folks who don’t have all the necessary equipment to drill a good hole. Check in at registration to find out where to go. Normally they will to set up a walkable spot near the Causeway/spillway with parking available at the Long Lake Town Beach. Check with an official. Other available access to the lake includes the State Boat Launch at the end of Olivet Road. Live Bait is available at the Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s Country Corner.

Prize money is presented to the first three largest fish in three categories to the adult/child team which catches them. The object is for the child to actually do the fishing with the encouragement and instructions from the adults. While not everyone has this kind of luck, the children often surprise everyone with big catch!

Winter Hiking

The Town of Long Lake has two more winter snowshoe hikes available this season and both are free.

On Saturday, February 22nd, join Spencer Morrissey for a hike to Sawyer & Little Sawyer Mountain and on Saturday, March 1st, join Joan Collins, resident bird expert, on a trek along the Roosevelt Truck Trail.

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Guiding Fee: FREE!

Room for 15 on the trip. Winter trips are not recommended for kids under 12, without prior experience in similar outings Transportation provided by the Town of Long Lake, meet at the LL Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847, Call 518-624-3077 to reserve spot.

Sawyer and Little Sawyer
This two peak hike is a very unique adventure located in the backcountry near Indian Lake. We will follow a well developed trail to the summit of Sawyer Mountain before starting a short bushwhack route to Little Sawyer Mountain. Both peaks have great views and unique in their own respect. This will be a loop trip back to the starting point. Breaking trail through an open forest without a trail will be part of the learning experience and part of the trip as a whole. .

Snowshoes are a must and in no instance should anyone be wearing cotton (jeans, Hoodie, t-shirts ect…). Boots need to be warm, regular hiking boots will not be enough and in no instance will low top shoes be allowed. Gaiters are highly recommended.

Roosevelt Truck Trail
Snowshoe the Roosevelt Truck Trail in Minerva on March 1, 2014. Meet 8am at the Long Lake Town offices, 1130 Deerland Road. Participants must be pre-registered. Waivers will be available day of hike. This hike is FREE!

Participants must provide their own water and lunch.

Lovely, mature boreal habitat spans the 2.5 mile long Roosevelt Truck Trail. This wide, road-sized trail runs between Route 28N and the Blue Ridge Road in Minerva. Joan Collins will lead a snowshoe hike along this route beginning at the Route 28N trailhead and ending at the Blue Ridge Road trailhead. The trail has hilly and level terrain with an overall gain of 100 feet in elevation by the end of our hike. The habitat along the route provides a year-round home to many boreal bird species. Participants will also be looking for animal tracks – Black Bear and Moose tracks are frequently found on this old road. Meet at the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake at 8 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead. (There are two outhouses along the trail (at two handicap accessible camping areas available in summer)!)

Call 518.624.3077 to sign up. Must have 4 minimum to run the trip.

SUGGESTED GEAR LIST
Everyone MUST have snowshoes. If snow level is low, snowshoes will still need to be carried but Microspikes will also be needed for icy conditions.

Required equipment
Waterproof/breathable pants and jacket
2-liters of water or Gatorade – large mouth opening so they don’t freeze
Warm hat
2-pairs gloves or 1 pair gloves and 1 pair of mitts
Warm boots and socks, not cotton socks
Backpack per person
Lunch and snacks
mid weight or heavy weight underwear top and bottom
Snowshoes (rentals available, $20)
Headlamp
Chemical hand warmers and toe warmers
Fleece or Primaloft jacket

Recommended equipment

Microspikes or other traction (rental available for $10)
Camera
Face mask/balaclava
Gaiters (highly recommended)

Winter trips are not recommended for kids under 12, without prior experience in similar outings


Equipment Rentals also available at

Hoss’s Country Corner 518-624-2481
Adk Trading Post 518-624-2357

Long Lake Itinerary for Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

Kids are on Vacation this week! What are you going to do?
Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

From the Desk of the Director. I am writing to you from the secret command center in an unknown location in Long Lake, NY. If you are seeking adventure, activities and all things Adirondack, this is your week to be in Long Lake. This is just a sample itinerary of all great offerings going on all week in our area!

Friday, Feb 14th. – Happy Valentine’s Day! Well the first thing on the list is stop by the fundraiser dinner in Raquette Lake for the Raquette Lake Softball Team at 5pm, Raquette Lake Fire Hall. $10 and byob. Bring your Valentine!

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Saturday Feb 15th – Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. It’s true, there are four of us in our family so I’d have to split the family in two! I’d send one half to the Kids Games starting at 10am in Raquette Lake. Kat Forsell is cooking up all sorts of fun games, snowshoe races, tire races, frying pan toss and more!

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Saturday, Feb 15th – Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. The other ½ of the family will be in Long Lake starting at 12noon located at 6 Pavilion Way/Entrance 1100 Deerland Road. We’d hit the LL skating races and snowman building. Always a fun crowd at the Geiger Arena and I’m sure to win bragging rights with my superior skating skills! DJ music with Pat Bedore and Andrew McClelland, hot chocolate and yummy snacks. See Erin and ask her about the Ice Dancing Competition!

MAGIC SHOW! Yes at 2pm Jim Perry, the Magician will be at the Raquette Lake Library. Grab some yummy cookies and enjoy the show. It’s free! I wonder if he can make people disappear? We’ll spend the rest of the day in Raquette Lake playing Golf on the lake. Then there’s the bonfire, and fireworks at dusk and the Winter Boat and the Tap Room. I’m IN! Thanks to Mike, Murray, Kat, Tommy, Wayne, Sue and everyone in Raquette Lake for pulling this event together!

Sunday, Feb 16th
At 10am In Raquette Lake there’s a Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall or
10am Great Camp Sagamore Snowshoe trek with Walt Linck and it’s Free. Who’s been to Great Camp Sagamore in the Winter? Not me, but it will be pretty amazing to get this opportunity to enjoy the property in the off-season, just like yesteryear!

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Also on Sunday in Raquette Lake starting at Noon – the Infamous Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. I’ve heard about this, and there are some serious competitors using powerful equipment! I’ll just watch, or maybe someone will invite me to be on his or her team!

SKIING! Hit the slopes at Big Tupper. For $25 a person, the whole family can ski for the cost of one holiday ticket price at any other area mountain. Bargain, Great Mountain and I know those trails like I know my own driveway because I grew up on that mountain and can’t wait to get back! Note to self: Pack a HELMET. I’m old now and it’s been a while! Rentals available! Call 518.359.3730. Be part of something that is re-igniting ski fever in the Heart of the Adk. Be a part of something amazing!

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Monday, Feb 17th
Wild Center. The kids love an adventure at the Wild Center and it’s Mammal Monday. Join The Wild Center staff as you learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that can still be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join SUNY-ESF Wildlife Technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails with a naturalist at 2:00 pm to discover many small mammal winter homes.

Tuesday, Feb 18th
Frost Fest at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake 10 am – 3pm. Free exhibitions, outdoor fun hands-on fun for family including a winter-themed scavenger hunt and some open exhibits… IN THE WINTER and it’s FREE! What? The museum in Blue Mountain Lake is open in the winter and it’s FREE! WOW. I’m there! What a unique experience!

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Weekly Snowshoe Hike
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center – 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY 12852 | AIC Programming
Join us on our snow-covered trails as we explore tracks, trees and everything in between. All ages are welcomed. Snowshoes provided. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. 
Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

Wednesday, Feb 19th
Youth Program Tubing trip to Oak Mountain and its only $5 a person for tubing and TWO slices of pizza. Really? What a DEAL! Call 518.624.3077. Limited seats on the little bus! Sign up asap!

Wednesday Night – 7pm. Trivia at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub. I’m going to take down the Kicking Greys and Flatlanders and that team with the Norwegian guy. But I love TRIVIA! Winning!

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Thursday, Feb 20th
SNOWMOBILING. I can’t believe I haven’t gone sledding yet this week. So today I’m hitting over 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. I’m going to loop from Long Lake, Newcomb Indian Lake to Raquette Lake and then back to Long Lake. I’ll even try the 7th Lake Mountain trail through the Moose River Plains that NYS installed last year. I know it needs more work, but I want to try it before the season ends and I’ll go slow, I PROMISE! How cool is it to connect and loop all the way around?

Friday, Feb 21st
I’m going to eat lunch in Long Lake, I can eat at the Cyber Creek Café, the Long Lake Diner, Adirondack Hotel, the Kickerville Mobil or the Adk Trading Post. So many choices! I can get some take out and bring it with me to the Geiger Arena and spend the day. I love the sledding hill and ice-skating rink because Erik does a great job operating the place and it’s great exercise too! Ice skating conditions 518.624.3031

Friday night – Going to the Indian Lake Theater to check out Forever Snocade starting at 7pm featuring hilarious comic sketches about living in the central Adirondacks and then I’ll stick around to hear the Sons of Octomom play because Eric Peter is a groovtastic local musician and always puts on a great show!

Saturday, Feb 22nd – Free Guided Hiking Trip! Hiking with Spencer Morrissey up Sawyer and Little Sawyer. I’ve got my snowshoes, my crampons, my layers and my lunch and water. I’m in and this just in… it’s FREE. I have to sign up in advance by calling 518.624.3077 so I get a spot on the bus! This trip is free and sponsored by the Town of Long Lake part of the Winter Expedition Series.

Also on Sat. Feb 22nd is a cool Vendor Event happening at the Raquette Lake School! Look for booths for The Pampered Chef, 31, Lia Sophia, Clutter Bug and the WW Durant! 11am – 3pm. Be sure to stop in and check it out. Great entrepreneurial business owners right here in this area!

Sunday, Feb 23rd – Ice Fishing. I pick up my bait, already got my license and I’ve got my tip ups. Supplies and live bait available at stores in Long Lake! Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s.

Long Lake in the Center of It All. Don’t need to stay anywhere else!

For More Information!
Wild Center
Adirondack Museum
Ski Big Tupper
Newcomb Visitors Center
Indian Lake Snocade
Shamrock Motel Long Lake
Adirondack Hotel
Long Lake / Raquette Lake Website

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Feb 15th – Feb 16th!

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival returns with two days of fun and wacky events for all ages!

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The weekend kicks off on Friday, February 14th with a Pasta Dinner hosted by the Raquette Lake Softball Team at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Dinner is served at 5pm until it is sold out, so be sure to get there early to fuel up for the long weekend ahead and support a great group!

The carnival begins Saturday, February 15th at 10am with kids’ activities including a snowshoe contest, tire races, a balloon chase and sledding races. At noon, the ever popular Frying Pan toss will kick off followed by adult golf at approximately 2pm. Both events feature great cash prizes for winning competitors.

Great Camp Sagamore gets in on the action by offering two snowshoe expeditions both Saturday and Sunday at 10am. Check out all the details here. Great Camp Sagamore Expeditions

Also at 2pm, magician Jim Perry will be delighting children in the Raquette Lake Library. Jim Perry presents a fast paced show where fire, water, and silks vanish, appear and dance in astonishing and impossible illusions. Stop by the Raquette Lake Library to warm up and take part in this interactive show. The Raquette Lake Library will have cookies and hot chocolate throughout Saturday, and are looking for cookie donations to contribute to the delicious selection.

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Saturday continues with a town wide tug of war contest and concludes with a bon fire and fireworks at dusk!

On Sunday, February 16th the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary and the Raquette Lake Women’s Softball Team will host a pancake breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall from 10am-noon. The weekend will conclude with the ever popular Crosscut and Chainsaw Contest at noon.

Kempshall Mountain Club

The property is 4,859 acres of land with a vast tract of State Land adjoining the northern border. It has 3 ponds, with approximately 10 miles of streams and brooks. The terrain is very diversified with mountains, lowlands, and wetlands throughout.

Four roads with separate gates allow members year round access for outdoor activities. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, hiking, trapping, birding, berrying, kayaking, canoeing, are some of the more common activities. All activities abide by State rules and regulations. Seasonal use of campers/trailers is allowed.

Membership levels assure a quality outdoor experience for all.

For membership information please contact:

Denis Neenan, Vice President 518-624-2399

Kempshall Mountain Club Link

Winter Blast Weekend Feb 7-8th

Ice Fest. Sculptures installed all over Long Lake Feb 7th & 8th. Join in fun festivities or see them lit up at night. Shamrock Motel, Shear Images, LL Town Offices, Mt. Sabattis, Hoss’s Country Corner, Long Lake Diner, Adk Trading Post & Ali Baba’s Liquor Store.

Stan Kolonko and the Ice Farm are award-winning Ice Sculptors from Auburn, NY. Stan travels all over the world to compete and do professional installations. He’s created special installs in Ithaca NY and helped stage outdoor area tv weather rooms and even ice bars. This year we’ve challenged Stan with some new creations. Has he ever carved a pair of scissors! Find out this afternoon!

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Click here for the schedule of events.

Ice Fest 2014 Schedule of Events

This is the 2nd year of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton. The LL Fish and Game Club has geared up to add to the long list of winter events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake. Last year saw 15 participants sharing all the loot! So 2014 we anticipate some bigger numbers and we don’t have to contend with a big winter blizzard (ala NEMO) that we dealt with in 2013. So gear up, drag your shacks over and get on the ice!

Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby. Registration at the LL Town Hall at 6am or on-going at the Adk Trading Post. $25 a person. Cash Prizes and CLAM Tamarack 5×5 from Gander Mt. Portable unit, valued at $150 as a special door prize! Landlocked Salmon or Lake Trout.

Bring the whole family, bring the grill, bring your fishing license, tip-ups, cameras and make memories.

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Snowmobile Trails are open with fair to marginal conditions. 10 inches of fresh snow has packed town to 2 inches of base and 3 inches of snow cover on most interior trails. Banks have been cut on Forked Lake and North Point Road AND on Sabattis Road. As soon as we know about the tracks we will let you know, but they still need more snow to cover the rails.

Moonlighter’s Poker Run. Pick up a card at the RL Tap Room or Newcomb House either Friday or Saturday. Collect stamps at participating businesses. After party and Dealing starts at 4pm, LL Diner, Saturday, Feb 8th. Live Music with Eric Peter.

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