Posts on Sep 2014

Leaf Peeping Peak All Week

The leaves on the trees in Long Lake and the Central Adirondacks are at peak and with the five day weather forecast, this is the time to be moving throughout the park. Favorite places to spot leaves? Travel down Sabattis Road, North Point Road to Buttermilk Falls, fly with Helms Aero Service or stop in at the Long Lake Boat Tour and check out his schedule. The tour operator checks daily at tour times to see if anyone is there looking for a foliage tour. Another classic excursion is in Raquette Lake aboard the W.W. Durant. If you need more info call the tourism office in Long Lake at 518-624-3077. We want to welcome all our visitors, especially our global visitors who have been moving about. It’s wonderful to meet you!

Fall Foliage 2014

This is the best time of year to get out. The swamp maples are red, the yellows are yellow, the greens are green.. well the foliage is terrific. It suddenly popped just in the last few days. Was it rain, was it sun, was it a combination of both? Who knows? All I know is I was invited out in a 1945 Gar Wood today which was amazing and seeing the lake in this classic boat was a real treat! Then I hopped in the car, drove down Endion Road and also skirted out to Sabattis County Route 10 and then circled around back on the Tupper Road south on route 30 to head back into Long Lake.

There’s going to be plenty of incredible sites this weekend. We have plenty to do. Joan Collins will be hiking into Lows Ridge, there are still spots available, contact our office at 518-624-3077 to check in and sign up. This hike is free and there will be $12 boxed lunch delivered to you on the trail! Indian Lake will be hosting the Moose Festival and Tupper Lake has their annual OckTupperFest. Lots to see and do around the area. Make Long Lake your home base to explore!

Vintage Bugatti’s spotted in Long Lake, NY

September in the Adirondacks is the best time to explore. There are no bugs, it is still relatively warm (with a few frost warnings sprinkled here and there) and the developing fall foliage makes any drive more pleasurable. The roads are quieter, the restaurants are open, the stores aren’t crowded and the scenery is just as pleasing if not more so with the backdrop of the colors.

Today a group of Vintage Bugatti’s traveled through town. Messages came in from friends from other areas via FB photos, “wow, check out these amazing vintage cars! They are heading north, be on the look out.” Sure enough after being notified through the modern world of email, Facebook and other social measures, the LL Parks and Rec staff kept our eyes peeled out our office windows just waiting to see what all the fuss is about.

Bugatti rounds the corner by Hoss's in Long Lake NY on NYS Route 30.

Bugatti rounds the corner by Hoss’s in Long Lake NY on NYS Route 30.

“Um, what’s a Bugatti? Is it a watch?” Someone asked… “really? no.” So I googled it. Why not? What is the Bugatti after all?

Wikipedia reports: “Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 “Royale”, the Type 57 “Atlantic” and the Type 55 sports car.”

NYS Route 30 is a stop on the Adirondack Trail, part of the Adirondack Scenic Byway.

NYS Route 30 is a stop on the Adirondack Trail, part of the Adirondack Scenic Byway.

Comments from the roadside crowd, wondering what all the fuss was about could be heard, “wow, that steering wheel is on the wrong side.” “What is making that racket?” as the cars revved and honked to enthusiastic passers by.

Even though they didn’t stop and park for a prime photo op when we were out there, many of the cars slowed down so we could catch a photo.

It’s a great weekend in Long Lake and one never knows what you’ll see.

Upcoming this weekend:

Antiques Weekend at the Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake and in Indian Lake
Long Boat Regatta and 1911 Old Town War Canoe Dedication at the Long Lake Town Beach, Saturday, September 20th at 10:45am.

Foliage Report:

Developing. Swamp maples are red, and others are starting to pick up the pace.

Long Lake American Legion Post 650 Re-Launches Restored 1911 War Canoe

The Adirondack Watershed Alliance will be sponsoring the Long Boat Regatta on Saturday, September 20th at the Long Lake Town Beach. Featured races include; the North American War Canoe Championships, a fifteen mile race on Long Lake. Other events include the ten mile New York C4 Co-Ed College Cup and the Adirondack Kayak Championships and the 10-mile “Anything goes” races for youth and adults. This event has been designated a NYMCRA Kayak Points race. Registration is 9:30am – 10:30am on the porch of the Adirondack Hotel.


As part of the Long Boat Regatta race day join the Long Lake American Legion Post 650 for a special war canoe dedication ceremony at 10:45am also at the Long Lake Town Beach. The American Legion will be re-introducing their vintage 1911 Old Town War Canoe restored by Caleb Davis, the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association and many volunteers. Members of the public are invited to the dedication ceremony at 10:45am followed by inaugural paddle of the war canoe. The Long Boat Regatta races will start at 11am.

Follow up the paddle races with the American Legion Post #650 at the Veteran’s and Friends Fall Dinner at the Long Lake Diner. Social hour starts at 5:30pm. The featured buffet includes: BBQ ribs, chicken, beans, coleslaw, potato salad and surprise dessert. $20 a person includes tax and tip. Call 624-2606 for reservations with the American Legion Post #650.

The Old Town War Canoe restoration project started in 2011. While working for the Town of Long Lake, Caleb Davis discovered a war canoe stored in a pole shed owned by the town. After investigating the history of the boat and how it was acquired, Caleb was determined to bring it back to its former best self. Caleb worked with American Legion Post 650 as it was the last known group to paddle it before being stored.

WCHA War canoe

Caleb enlisted the assistance of the Wooden Heritage Canoe Association, Mac’s Canoes, the Town of Long Lake and Long Lake volunteers Robert Vris, Mason Smith, Brian Penrose, Bob Tice, Gail Epstein, Christine LaRocque, Paul Roalsvig, Alex Roalsvig, and Tim Ball to help transport, canvas, re-plank and refurbish the boat. Volunteers spent over 100-125 hours restoring the boat.

Restoration efforts included installing turn-buckles to hold the shape of the boat, re-canvassing the boat, re-planking and painting the new canvas. White–ash was used to trim the gunnels, stem band and keel. The interior of the boat was varnished to maintain the old-style feathered interior. Caleb estimates the boat to weigh approximately 225 pounds. Markings on the boat include a serial number 17816, Old Town Canoe and Hackett, Long Lake NY markings on both the stern and bow of the boat.


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Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is working on plans to make the boat available in 2015 with the hope to re-ignite interest in vintage war canoes, racing or community paddle days.

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