Posts on Jan 2022

X-C Ski Cedarlands in Long Lake, NY Winter Fun

Excursion to Cedarlands

Weekend X-C ski excursions.
While we have plenty of trails to explore in our area, we wanted to let you know about the Cedarlands Easement located off of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY.  This tract of land is open from the end of summer through June and you should get in there when you can.  The trick of it that everyone asks, is “how do you get there from here?” 
Access to the Cedarlands Easement is located off of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY. Once Kickerville Road ends the road continues and there’s a sign that reads “Private Road” so many visitors think they are in the wrong spot. The DEC has put up a marker just before the entry way of the road to reassure visitors it is ok to travel down this private road to access the Cedarlands Parking Lot which is 0.3 miles from the actual trailhead gate. So yes, you park and then you walk down to the access point, but it’s so beautiful that, it will just be part of your overall journey.
In the wintertime, Cedarlands is a great place to x-c ski. It has started to see more usage in recent years so if you head out, you’ll likely find a track already set and ready to go. You just get on your gear and go.  Fun destinations include the two lean to’s along McRorie Lake. Go on in and have a mid-winter picnic (depending on the temps!)
Just stay on the designated Easement section, the adjacent parcel is not open to the public and it is marked as such.
Check out the video if you are unsure how to get to Cedarlands, it provides a road side view version to get you to your destination. Please note – we sped up the video (in the interest of time, so no we weren’t driving down those roads super fast!)
Video production crew Erik Arsenault & Alex Roalsvig, shot on January 27, 2022.

Mike Norris Derby in Raquette Lake

The 22nd Annual Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby will take place in Raquette Lake on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Registration is available on line – click here for link.  

The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby happens every year in Raquette Lake on the last Saturday of January. Fish for Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Perch and Salmon. Registration begins at 6am at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Cash Prizes, Plaques for Winners.  Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. 

There will be cash prizes and plaques for winners, and hot chocolate and snacks provided throughout the day. First line in at 7am, last line out at 3pm, final weigh-ins concluded by 3:30pm.

The Mike Norris Fishing Derby originated 22 years ago in memory of Mike Norris who was an avid outdoorsman with a deep commitment to providing safety and learning courses through the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. A hiking trail situated on State Route 28 between Raquette Lake and Inlet is also dedicated to Norris.  

2022 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners Announced!

With temperatures hovering around a brisk -4 degrees it was a record setting low for the Long Lake Winter Carnival. The temps hovered -4 degrees all day long with a real feel of -17 for the start of the day. The Long Lake 20th Annual Winter Carnival saw an expansive turn out with new visitors, second homeowners and local residents flocking to the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center for the outdoor event. 
Events kicked off with the coronation of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club Royal Family with King and Queen, Jazmin and Dylan Roche and their 14 month old son, Wesley, hailing from Long Lake, NY and Syracuse. Stan Kolonko of Ice Farm outside of Syracuse, NY installed 14 ice carvings including 11 merchant carvings at Mt. Sabattis and the Long Lake Bears at the Long Lake Town Beach and a carving installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room for Raquette Lake.
The day ended with a bonfire and fireworks and the Long Lake Little Bus was on site all day to provide additional space for warm up and free transportation after dark.
Volunteer judges on scene included Amber Wamback, Lillian Dechene, and Brian Penrose. Special thanks to Rick Paula and Andrea Inserra for being on judge standbye!
2022 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners
Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen & Crown Prince
Dylan, Jazmin and Wesley Roche
Ladies Frying Pan Toss
1st Prudence Dechene 52’
2nd Kate Simmons 49’ 1”
3rd – Tied – Hillarie Logan-Dechene and Lillian Dechene– 48’ 3”
Men’s Feats of Strength
1st Ron Johnson 30’ 9”
2nd  Russ Balsam-Cook 30’ 2”
3rd Hudson Gereau 28’ 5”
Winter Fashion Contest
1st 80’s Ladies – Carla George and Friends
2nd One Eyed Purple People Eaters, Kami Farr and Kristen Delehanty
3rd The Long Lake Bears – Bonnie and Lindsay Rubenstein
Cardboard Sled Races
12 & Under
1st Quinn Giordano & Charlie Seaman
2nd Evie Lawyer
3rd Morgan Delehanty
13-17 ** Corrected on 1/19/2022
1st Griffin and Declan Farr 
2nd Long Lake Central School – Kool Bus
3rd Henry Richards
1st Kami Farr and Kristen Delehanty
2nd Hudson Gereau
The Golden Brick for Best Cardboard Sled Crash – Patt and Donna Miner
Best in Show –
1st Pat and Donna Miner
2nd Long Lake Central School – Kool Bus
3rd Henry Richards
Business and Event Sponsors
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
ADK Trading Post
Another Paradise Cove
Chipman Woodworks
Donnelly’s Sunset Point
Hoss’s Country Corner
Howe May We Help You, LLC
Life Power Chiropractic
Long Lake Rescue Squad
Long View Lodge
Roalsvig Law
Shamrock Motel and Cottages
Tokarz Excavating
The Town of Long Lake
Wide River Antiques
1222 LLC

2021 Holiday Lights Contest Winners

The 2021 Holiday Lights Contest Winners announced.

In Long Lake 


1st Place:  Marty Furlong

2nd Place: Steph Hample

3rd Place: Laura Young

Businesses & Organizations

1st Place:  Adirondack Hotel

2nd Place: Hoss’s Country Corner

3rd Place: St. Henry’s Church

Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell announces winners of the Raquette Lake Holiday Lights Contest. Judges were Mindy and Beeba Norris

1st Place  Liz Forsell 

2nd Place  Amanda Prezbindowski 

3rd Place  Gary Miller & Jen Temple




Steph Hample 2nd Place

Laura Young 3rd  Place

Laura Young 3rd Place

Marty Furlong 1st Place

20th Long Lake Winter Carnival

On Saturday, January 15th at noon, the 20th Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY.
Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day.
Other events throughout the day include a Fashion Competition with prizes for the Best Winter Carnival Outer Gear. Don your best and most creative winter outfits, team themes are encouraged! Other events includes a Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30p.m. All events are free.
The Ice Farm will be carving ice sculptures all day long. There are 11 businesses and organizations who will be featured in the Sabattis Ice Sculpture Garden. There will also be a sculpture installation at the Long Lake Town Beach and a sculpture installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room.
New for 2022, there will be 20th Anniversary Winter Carnival T-shirts available for $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the 2022 Long Lake Healthy Living initiative emphasizing support for our outdoor parks and recreation trails.
Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide complimentary hot food from their outdoor serving area. This event happens snow, rain, or sunshine. All times subject to change without notice. We ask all guests to wear masks inside the Geiger Building, when less than six feet apart from others and on the Long Lake Little Bus.
Schedule of Events
12p.m. Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculpture Installation Begins, Registration opens, and outdoor lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department and T-Shirt Sales open!
12:15p.m. Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:30p.m. Winter Fashion Competition – ANYTHING GOES
1:00 p.m. Cardboard Sled Races 
1:45p.m. Town Wide Photo
2:00p.m. Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30 p.m. Men Feats of Strength Caber Toss
3:00p.m. Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00p.m. Free skating and sledding and bonfire
5:00p.m. LITTLE BUS  Free Transportation, please call 518-524-3106 ** MASKS REQUIRED
6:30p.m. Fireworks
Event Friendly Reminder – Due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic masks are required when anywhere inside the Geiger Arena Building, on the Little Bus and when less than 6 feet from others.
The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. Parking  available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12p.m. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 5 p.m. until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town. Call 518-524-3106 for a ride. Open to the public.  Snowmobiles welcome! 
For more information about Long Lake, or call 518-624-3077.  ##

Update for Weather on January 15, 2022

Be Advised due to both the extreme cold weather and community spread of Covid-19 we are offering you this helpful reminder

For temperatures under 12 degrees do not spend more than 15 consecutive minutes outside. Go inside (if in Geiger or Little Bus or Town Hall, please wear mask) and warm up for a minimum of 15 minutes before returning to the outside.
This type of weather brings an increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite
If you must go out, try to cover every part of your body: ears, nose, toes and fingers, etc. Mittens are better than gloves. Keep your skin dry and stay out of the wind when possible.
·       Drink plenty of fluids since hydration increases the blood’s volume, which helps prevent frostbite. 

·       Windburn is a condition in which the skin becomes red and painful after exposure to wind or cold air. Windburn symptoms are the same as sunburn symptoms and include red, burning, and sore skin that may peel off as it begins to heal. We recommend Vaseline or skin balm to protect your face from the extreme cold
Covid-19 Precautions:  We advise you and politely ask you and all members of your party to please wear masks ** no matter your vaccination status. Socially distance / Six feet apart inside or outside. KN95s and N95s are recommended.  
Warm Up Areas Include
Geiger Arena Inside: Food will be served, but we ask to please eat food OUTSIDE ONLY. We apologize for the inconvenience, but masks must be on at all times inside of the Geiger Arena due to the small space.
Restroom Access:  Due to Covid-19 the door to the restroom of the Geiger is only accessible from the outside. Masks are required in all indoor spaces
Little Bus: You must wear masks to warm up inside the “Little Bus” No food or drink permitted inside the Little Bus.
Town Hall: The Town Hall will be open from Noon until 6:30pm. The Town Hall is located at 1204 Main Street Long Lake. We will offer complimentary Hot Chocolate and Coffee, tables and much more room to spread out.
Due to the expected cold temperatures we may be scaling down events as needed. Order of events are subject to change without notice.  
Ice skates are available on a first come first served basis.  Hockey will be permitted only on one end of the rink. Helmets must be worn.


12:00 pm     Partly Cloudy-7 °F-23 °F
1:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-5 ° Feels like -20 °F
2:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-4 °Feels like -17 °F
3:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-3 °Feels like -17 °F
4:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-4 °Feels like -16 °F
5:00 pm       Mostly Clear-6 °Feels like -17 °F
6:00 pm       Clear-8 °Feels like -19 °F
7:00 pm       Clear-9 °Feels like -20 °F





2022 Winter Wonderland Bingo

Long Lake announces Winter Wonderland Bingo highlighting activities and featuring outdoor recreation as a contest running until March 20th, the official end of Winter. 
The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and our area libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately.  It is free to participate.
Participants are invited to do as many activities as they can with prizes available depending on how many tasks are completed. Participants completing one row of Bingo receive a classic Long Lake sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
How to play?  Cross off activities as completed and take photos of the card showing completed tasks.  Submit digital photos via email or to the uploader for prizes. Participants in the game should submit photo proof of purchase for any meals/shopping and photos of activities to or can directly use an uploader link at Participants on Instagram are invited to post their fun activities and use hashtag #mylonglakebingo  #barkeaterbingo #YesLongLake and follow the page at
Featured tasks include indoor and outdoor activities from visiting our local libraries, exploring outdoor trails, engaging in winter recreation, shopping and dining at our local businesses, ice fishing, skating and more. 
For more info about lodging, dining, public health information visit

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