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2020 Photo Contest Winners Announced

First Place, Raquette Lake
Michelle Hicks, Golden Beach

First Place, Long Lake
Anthony Miller, Cedarlands Easement

Shane Holmes, Cedarlands, View from Mud Pond Mountain. Runner Up

The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department announces the winners of the 2020 Long Lake Photo Contest held between August 24th and September 30th.  The contest was open to any style of photograph including landscapes, wildlife, and candids.  Pictures were required to be taken at specific locations in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.  In Long Lake the three locations were the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area, Cedarlands Easement Area, and Fishing Brook Access.  In Raquette Lake the two locations were Brown’s Tract and Golden Beach.
Over 170 photographs were submitted, and after much deliberation three winners were selected for each town.  The first place photos will be put on display for the year.  The finalists are as follows:
First place in Long Lake went to Anthony Miller for his wildlife photo of spider webs on a log in the Cedarlands Easement Area.  Runners up for Long Lake were Dominick Chiuchiolo for his photo of Fishing Brook Access, and Shane Holmes for his photo from the top of Mud Pond Mountain in the Cedarlands Easement. 
First place in Raquette Lake went to Michelle Hicks for her night shot from Golden Beach, followed by runners up Erin Porter for her photo, also from Golden Beach, and Sandra Bolos for her shot from Brown’s Tract.
All photos were submitted via Crowdriff, and a gallery of all the photos can be viewed at  

Dominick Chiuchiolo, Fishing Brook Access, Runner Up

Sandra Bolos, Brown’s Tract, Runner Up

Erin Porter, Golden Beach, Runner Up

Gallery of all 2020 Submissions



Town of Long Lake Comprehensive Plan Public Presentation

Members of the public and communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake are invited to attend to the Town of Long Lake Comprehensive Plan Public Presentation on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6pm which will be held in a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform. Details on the meeting are available at
This Comprehensive Plan is funded in part through an Empire State Development grant awarded to the Town of Long Lake in 2019 through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. After a year of work, the Town of Long Lake is ready to begin the final steps of adopting the Comprehensive Plan. Please visit the Town of Long Lake website to view the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan  

This virtual meeting will be an opportunity for the members the general public to get an overview of the plan, how it was prepared, what it contains, and how it can be used. The Chazen Companies will be able to answer questions from residents about the plan at this virtual meeting. 
The Long Lake Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee started meeting in the summer of 2019.  This has been community driven effort and the plan will articulate residents’ vision for the future and serve and as the Town’s official policy document. The Advisory Committee worked closely with the Chazen Companies to develop a robust document to guide and inform decision-making, policies and plans for Long Lake and Raquette Lake for future generations.  
As this official process to adopt this plan begins, the Long Lake Town Board will take the lead in the adoption of the plan with more information and meeting dates to be announced. 
For more information about this meeting please visit: or call 518-624-3077 or email

Long Lake/Raquette Lake Fall Foliage Update 10/7/2020

Fall Foliage has seen almost a complete change and past peak, but we still continue to boast foliage on many of the trees. We still have reds, oranges and yellows. While past peak, much color still holds on.  So there’s still plenty to see and do while visiting our region.

Upcoming events on Saturday, October 10th include the Open-Air Fall Market 10am at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in the lower Parking lot.  GPS 43.96711, -74.42151 or use 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake, NY, 12847

Vendors boasting handcrafted items, many by local artisans including;  
Chipman Woodworks, Adirondack Impressions, Adirondack Blue Company, A Teaspoon of Silver, Sawyer Creek Farm, Nottingham Hollow Trading Co., Lucky Dog Twigworx, Hearts Uplifted.

Amazing handcrafted wooden bowls and hand-turned wood products, signs, jewelry, cutting boards, textiles, original art and paintings, incredible hand crafted gifts, clothing and more. No admission fee charged.  

Please note: All Covid-19 Best Practices in place. Wear masks, hand sanitzer provided. No crowding at booths, please stay 6 feet apart from others. Thank you for your cooperation!  

Local businesses are open and looking forward to seeing everyone.

Hiking is a popular past-time in our area.  Check out our hiking pages for trip planning ideas out the back door. For a quick and easy hike, visit the Long Lake Nature Trail, starting at 1167 Main Street- the municpal parking lot.  The Raquette River Corridor and our nature trail interpretive signage are on display and inform visitors about our region and the natural region.  Connecting to the Adirondack Hotel and the Long Lake Town Beach. 



Long Lake Raquette Lake Foliage Report 9/30/2020

Reports from the area report near complete change and to just past peak conditions with bright shades of red mixed in with oranges and yellows. Wind and rain have brought many leaves down, but it’s not over yet. 

We had some incredible color over the weekend. When we say it’s “transitioning fast” we had no idea how fast, but fast and glorious it was.  But don’t fret, there is still time to catch some amazing, dramatic light, color and views this upcoming week.  

The recent weather has ranged from humid, warm, balmy, to a night or two of frost which elevated the leaves into speedy and vibrant color change.  With these colder overnight temps, warm days and a drought we got some outstanding colors this past weekend with more to come.  

Yes we’ve had some rain and wind, so we do have foliage already falling at a rapid clip, but there are more leaves to be seen!

With that said, … it’s not over!  There are still trees yet to turn. We have bold yellows and oranges still to emerge and some stubborn maples just changing over now, having held on to their green for oh that much longer.  

There is still time to catch the beauty of it all this upcoming weekend.  With colder temps, and sunshine predicted, layer up in your best woodsy fashion gear and start exploring! 

Weekend Weather Outlookr:

Friday 10/02
50% / 0.11 in
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High near 55F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Saturday 10/03
20% / 0 in
Considerable cloudiness. High 52F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph

Sunday 10/04
20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.


Things to Do While Staying in Long Lake

1. Visit Buttermilk Falls just outside of Long Lake on North Point Road. 
2. Saturday, October 3rd, Octo-BEAR-Fest at Hoss’s Country Corner, Cancer Fundraiser. Vendors, Food sold, live music.
3. Custards Last Stand Ice Cream
4. Friday Lobster Roll at the ADK Trading Post
5. Drink and Dinner specials from the Long View, Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner and The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
6. Visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake
7. Visit Hoss’s Country Corner and see the tree growing in the store.
8. Group photos at the Long Lake Town Beach
9. Drive down Sabattis Road and North Point Road for back roads.
10. Go HIKING!  Coney Mountain, Sargents Ponds, Castle Rock, Ferds Bog, Death Brook Falls, Sagamore Lake, Mt. Sabattis click here for more hiking info
11. Visit Raquette Lake Village and take a step back in time. 


Please note:  All local busineses require masks inside and all social distancing protocols and safety plans are enacted at all area lodgings, dining, and retail establishments. Plenty of activities to do outside, just layer up and if you forget something, pop into Hoss’s or Northern Borne for some additional gear. 


Fall Foliage Update 9/24/20

In Long Lake and Raquette Lake, look for 50% change in the foliage this upcoming weekend. Leaves are transitioning quickly, with average to bright shades of orange and red rapidly appearing across the landscape. Red and gold leaves are of above-average brilliance and average shades of yellow and gold.

Check out the backroads in and around the area including Uncas Road/Brown’s Tract in Raquette Lake, Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake, North Point Road, Sabattis Road in Long Lake are great options for a quiet drive and scenic stops along the way.

Fun family hikes for leaf peeping include Lows Ridge off of Horseshoe Lake Road, Coney Mountain, Owls Head Mountain in Long Lake, Mt. Sabattis in downtown Long Lake, Goodnow in Newcomb or Check out the Cascades/Powerhouse or Lake trail at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. 

Weekend Weather

Friday 09/25
20% / 0 in
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 72F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday 09/26
10% / 0 in
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 75F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday 09/27
10% / 0 in
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 77F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Fall Foliage Update Sept 15, 2020

Long Lake/Raquette Lake Region

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 15-20%

Brilliance: Average

Predominating colors: Still a lot of green, but the oranges and yellows are starting to pop. Little bits of red and purple can be seen here and there.

Rating: Just beginning

The cold weather this weekend will probably affect the rate of change, but hopefully not do too much damage!

From the Adirondack Experience Website

Weekend Weather:

Friday 09/18
10% / 0 in
Mostly sunny skies. High 54F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday 09/19
10% / 0 in
Sunshine. High 54F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday 09/20
10% / 0 in
Mainly sunny. High around 55F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tentative Agenda Posted 2020.08.26

Due to technical difficulties, the Town of Long Lake is posting the Tentative Agenda for 8.26.2020 on this blog page until upgrades to the back end of the website can be completed.

Long Lake Town Board Meeting Tentative Agenda 8.26.2020

2020 Beach Hours End of Summer

The Long Lake Town Beach has adjusted hours thru Labor Day Weekend. We have sent some of our staff back to college and we wish them all well! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Lillian, Jack, Sydney, Jenna, Emma, Samantha & Lucy for their hard work this season!

Beach hours until the end of the season are as follows:
Monday, August 24 10am – 4pm
Tues/Wed – Closed -due to on-line college classes!
Thursday 8/27 10am – 2pm
Friday 8/28 10am – 4pm
Saturday 8/29 10-4
Sun 8/30 10-4
Mon 8/31 10-4
Tues/Wed Closed
Thurs 9/3 10-2
Friday 9/4 10-4
Sat 9/5 10-4pm
Sun 9/6 – Last Day of Season 10pm – 4pm

Photo Contest Announced

Calling all photographers, the Town of Long Lake Parks & Recreation Department is announcing a photo contest in and around the Long Lake and Raquette Lake area. This contest will be a little different than others, there will be three recreational areas in Long Lake and two in Raquette Lake that THE PICTURES MUST BE TAKEN IN.

In Long Lake the three locations will be, Mt Sabattis Recreation Area, Fishing Brook Access, and the Cedarlands Easement area. In Raquette Lake the two areas are Golden Beach and Brown’s Tract. For your photo to be considered it must have been taken in one of the three areas, but, you will be allowed to submit older photos, as long as they were taken in one of the designated locations. The submission window will be open from now until September 30th, and the grand prize for each community will be having your photo framed and displayed in the community for one year.

You can submit your photo (don’t forget to tag location) by uploading it to the official Long Lake photo contest portal at:

For more information please visit or call 518-624-3077.

2020 Great Adirondack Garage Sale Weekend

The Great Adirondack Garage sale is underway from August 7th – August 9th thoughout the Adirondack region.

For specific times and info please check out the live website for links and details regarding the sales. Some sales listed on that map, are not listed on the paper map.  Also keep your eyes peeled for pop up shopping too!

Most sales happen on Saturday, but early birds should cruise the community to find out the Friday happenings.  

Here’s the Link – Great ADK Garage Sale 2020

The Raquette Lake Library is hosting their Annual Book Sale on Saturday, August 8th from 10am – 5pm, so be sure to check that out too!  

Great Adirondack Garage Sale!

If needed, Please drag marker to the correct location Click to Select / Use This Location! Over 200+ miles of garage sales with treasures to behold Cranberry Lake to Speculator and everywhere in between! With offerings of vintage antiques, rustic furniture, jewelry, kitchen items, toys, clothing and more – there is always something for everyone.

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