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Scavenger Hunt & House Decorating Contest Announced

9am Kids & Family Scavenger Hunt * Pick up a Clue Sheet at the Long Lake Geiger Arena.  This can be done by car, bike or foot. Prizes galore.  All groups must stay six feet apart while completing the tasks and wear masks in public spaces while participating in this event when less than six feet away from others. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing recommended per CDC recommendations. 

House Decorating & Lights Displays!  Light up Long Lake & Raquette Lake with your most iconic display. Outdo the neighbors!  Judging July 2nd at dusk.  Leave the lights up for a 4th of July viewing of the best looking homes!  Participants must register by emailing longlakeevent@gmail.com by Thursday, July 2nd at noon. Cash prizes. Please leave your lights on for the 4th of July.

4th of July Celebration
In 2020 things will look different in Long Lake & Raquette Lake. Long Lake’s beach will close earlier than normal, times to be announced.  

There will NOT be any traditional activities in the early evening.  There will not be live music, popcorn, strawberry shortcake, Penelope the Clown or a BBQ. We are so sad to see those traditions not happen in 2020, but we look forward to their return in 2021.

The Town of Long Lake has not announced any plans for fireworks at this time. NYS Guidelines on fireworks are pending. Currently there are no mass gatherings over 50. 

The Long Lake Town Beach will be closed to public gatherings at 6pm on July 4th.  No congregation will be permitted after the Beach is closed. Bathrooms will remain open for our temporary traffic and for boat traffic.  

In the event groups choose to gather in any public spaces all groups must be spaced out minimum of 10 feet.  

Raquette Lake Fireworks are 100% cancelled for 2020. 

For any and all events in public spaces and at our local area businesses please note all physical distancing protocols are in place. Maintain six feet apart and please wear masks/cloth face-coverings when visiting public spaces and businesses in our community when you are less than six feet apart from others.  

 

Got photos? We sure would love to see them and share them in our digital marketing!  Share your July 2020 favorites with us!

 

Long Lake NY Beach Now Open ADKS

Long Lake lifeguards at beach with masks in 2020

The Long Lake Town Beach opened on Wednesday, June 17th with guidelines in place for Summer 2020.  The beach is open daily 10am – 6pm. 

Due to Covid-19 there are new directives and rules that will be in place for 2020 and we want to make sure everyone is aware of the changes.

FOR 2020 – COVID 19

Currently the maximum capacity of the beach is reduced by 50% which is 73 beach patrons. 

Everyone wanting to set up blankets/space – will check in with designated Beach Safety Monitor and work with Safety Monitor to do Contact Tracing & check Symptoms and log in.  All bathers must check in to maintain an accurate head-count. Contact tracing is respecfully requested and it is up to inviduals to participate voluntarily in the beach contact tracing program.  

All family units/groups that check in and seek a place to set up on the  sandy beach will be spaced out 10 feet apart. The Lifeguard/Beach Safety Monitor will measure any groups arriving to ensure the spacing between blankets/groups.

Each group will have a max of 10 patrons.  If members of your family unit/household/group want to socialize with another group and are less than six feet apart, the rule is to please wear a mask if socializing with someone not in your group, especially less than 6 feet apart.

Swimming – There will be capacity limits on the swim docks and in swim area, currently it is at max 10 per big swim dock and maximum 3 per each side dock. We are going to ask all bathers not in the same ‘family unit/group’ to do their best to stay six feet apart.

Swimmers will NOT have to wear masks when swimming. Lifeguards will NOT be wearing masks while actively monitoring and guarding the water – but when less than 6 feet apart from a member of the public, masks will have to be worn by all.

Please distance yourself from the Lifeguard Stand – 6 feet.

If you do have an injury, cut, or medical concern, please go to the lifeguard stand. Do not leave wounds untended. All guards are Waterfront Safety Trained/CPR and Red Cross First Aid Certified. Please wear a mask near the lifeguards or one will be provided to you.

Bathroom – please visit the bathroom with your group only.  Please avoid sharing bathroom with members of the public outside your group to limit your exposure. Wear a mask while in the bathroom.  

Water Fountain – there will be a foot pedal installed at the fountain to minimize the high contact touching of the water fountain.

 

There will be sanitizer at waters edge for bathers to sanitize hands before and after entering water. Bathers may also use the beach bathroom and wash hands with warm water/soap for 20 seconds per CDC recommendations.

There will be a roped area marking the beach/sandy area to hold the 73 capacity of the “beach patrons” this way guards and Beach Safety Monitor won’t count people on the grassy area/by gazebo as part of the “beach count” for capacity. As bathers move in and out of the sandy beach area they will be counted – so if the beach is crowded please note that the capacity is 73.

Please note the only allowable swimming and or wading is in the designated beach area only. If visitors to the beach are outside the designated swim area and are in the water, swimming or wading, the lifeguards are authorzied to ask bathers/patrons/visitors to move into the designated bathing area and or to stay out of the water. 

 

We please ask for your patience will we navigate these new rules. These are from the New York State Department of Health, American Red Cross and Re-Open New York Phased Reopening Plan and through the Hamilton County Department of Public Health.

The mini-trampoline is currently closed until further notice for repairs. 

There is currently no frisbee, beach volleyball, football on the beach or pick up sports permitted on the beach. There is no tying of multiple boats, vessels for group on the water.

Large gatherings and picnics are not allowed. No sharing of food outside your family unit.

Please note: All employees will be checked daily for Covid-19 symptoms and there will be a symptom log maintained at the beach.

The NYS Beach Covid-19 Safety Plan will be on file with the lifeguards.

There are no swimming lessons scheduled for summer 2020.

BEACH

If you are feeling sick, please do not come to the beach. 

Symptoms of Covid-19 are:

Fever, Chills, Cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of smell/taste, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, respiratory symptoms, nausea, diarrhea.  If you are experience any of these symptoms please stay home. 

General Rule:

The Town of Long Lake does not allow Personal Floatation Devices of any kind at the Long Lake Town Beach.
 
Why not? 
 
Long Lake Beach has two designated areas for swimming. A shallow section for inexperienced swimmers, just learning how to swim and a deep end.  Only strong swimmers who comfortably pass a test are permitted to swim in the deep end and to the swim dock.

-Life jackets provide a false sense of security by allowing a non-swimmer to enter an area that is too deep causing panic and possibly disaster.

-Without the flotation device(s) the attending adult will stay with the child.

-Inflatable devices are easily punctured or torn by teeth, fingernails and foreign objects.

-A non-swimmer would have a difficult, if not hazardous, situation attempting to regain buoyancy in deep water after slipping off, or out of, the flotation device(s).

-Use of Floatation Devices places a burden on the lifeguard, distracting from his/her guarding duties, to inspect and make sure that all straps and other devices are secure on the person entering the water.

-If one individual is allowed a flotation device, then everyone must be permitted to use one, and not everyone has “approved” equipment.

-According to the U.S Coast Guard, life vests should be worn to prevent drowning, but can be useless if not worn properly. 
 
-Children panic when they fall into the water suddenly. This causes them to move their arms and legs violently, making it hard to float safely in a PFD (personal flotation device).

-While a PFD will keep a child afloat, it may not keep a struggling child face-up. 
 
For questions or concerns regarding the Town of Long Lake’s Floatation Device policy please contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor at 518-624-3001

For ADA Accomodations please see the attending lifeguards or contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor. 

Curious where the re-opening rules came from?  Not from thin air.  They are directives developed and released by NYS. 

Here’s a link https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYSGuidenceBeachesLakesSummaryGuidance.pdf

ADKS Enters Phase 3 of Re-opening

Long Lake Welcome Sign

 

The North Country Region of New York State entered Phase Three of reopening on Friday, June 12, 2020. The community is  excited for local restaurants to be opening for dine-in service in addition to continued take out offerings. We welcome everyone back to the table! Our businesses have worked diligently to prepare safety plans, and space out their tables inside and provide outdoor dining and take out windows.

 

Restaurants must limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, not counting employees. Outdoor capacity must be limited to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, such that tables are a minimum of 6 feet away from each other.

 

They have rearranged and recalibrated throughout these last few months and we waited patiently for re-opening plans and guidelines. Our scenery and views remain the same and our community spirit remains level best. Join us. Please wear your masks and distance yourself six feet apart when possible and be ready for some changes. It’s always an evolution and work in progress. Long Lake has been in the hospitality business since the 1850s, we will figure this all out. 

Both The Cellar and Long Lake Diner offering indoor seating, continued take-out as of Friday June 12.

The historic Adirondack Hotel resumes indoor dining and reservations for hotel rooms starting on Monday, June 15th.

The Adirondack Growl & Grub will be open with take-out growlers and food on weekends only, with no indoor seating.  

The Park in Long Lake currently offers outdoor seating. 

The ADK Trading Post has outdoor picnic table seating.

 

 

The Raquette Lake Tap Room

The Tap Room is still doing take-out only for the time-being. We’re small and have a hard time meeting the social distancing requirements and other mandates set forth in phase 3 . However, you can get your food and drinks to-go, and enjoy them at one of the picnic tables across the way in the field.

The hotel is now open, with a safety cushion of 2 days vacancy and thorough sanitation between room rentals. As always, we’re very grateful for our customers support and looking forward to seeing everyone! 315-354-4581

 

Look for more announcements in our stories for our other business announcements. Coming soon! @theparkll @adktradingpost @thecellarrestaurantll

#eatlocal #shoplocal #belocal #mylonglake #longlakeny#raquettelake #raquette #rlny #llny #adks #adirondacks #reopening#iloveny @iloveny @ Long Lake, New York

Many Long Lake & Raquette Lake Motels, Hotels, Cottages, Cabins & Rentals are open
 
As you prepare to come for vacation, remember capacity limits are in place and masks are required in areas where social distancing is not possible.  Check with your accommodation about their new policies. Many things may be different this year.
 
Housekeeping, check-in and other aspects maybe be altered to accommodate social distancing and heightened sanitation practices.  It is everyone’s goal to keep you and our community safe.

Hamilton County — along with the rest of the Adirondacks — is currently in Phase 3 of reopening.

What is currently open:
Lodging properties 
Retail shops

Restaurants
Restaurants are now offering indoor, outdoor dining, and takeout. Please be sure to check with the specific restaurant to confirm their specific offerings.*

Hair salons  

Public beaches – The Long Lake Public Beach slated for tentative re-opening June 17th* (subject to change without notice)  with new safety measures in place due to NYSDOH Covid-19 Safety protocols, this include reduced capacity for bathers, limited dock capacity and cloth face-coverings required for anyone less than 6 feet apart while on the sand/beach area.  Groups will be spaced out 10 feet apart, Limit max group size of 10.  But other than that, we promise, you will have fun! 

Playgrounds
Construction, landscaping, and agriculture
Administrative and professional services
Real estate offices, including vacation rental offices

Mt. Sabattis Tennis Courts & Basketball Courts are open to the public.  

PickleBall – there are PICKLE BALL lines painted on one of the courts at the Mt. Sabattis Tennis Courts – be sure to check it out. Please provide your own equipment.  

Courts are free and available on a first come first served basis! 

With safety protocols in place, including contact tracing, some businesses have themometers ready to go to check on employees and delivery drivers as they come through the door to ensure that everyone is healthy and feeling good before starting work for the day.

Northern Borne Store is open for groceries

Long Lake Post Office

The Long Lake Post Office is looking different with a barrier between customers and our Post Mistress, Kim.  

June 2020 Open Dining & Retail Businesses
Long Lake NY
 
Adirondack Growl & Grub 
518-624-2816
Food & growlers to go
Open Weekends
8590 Newcomb Rd Bldg 5
Long Lake, New York
 
ADK Trading Post
1601 Tupper Road
Long Lake, NY
518-624-2357
Curbside Groceries, paninis, Friday Lobster Rolls
Take out window
Outdoor dining available
Open Wed – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Adktradingpost@gmail.com
www.adktradingpost.com
 
Adirondack Hotel
1245 Main Street
Long Lake, NY
Open 12pm – 8pm Daily
Open for Dine-in & Hotel Rooms June 15th
Take-out & dine on the decks
 
Ali Babas Liquors
1601 Tupper Road
Long Lake, NY
Wine, Liquor, Wood & Ice
Call 518-955-4451 for special orders & delivery
 
Hoss’s Country Corner
1142 Main Street
Long Lake, NY 12847
Curbside groceries, camping & fishing supplies, beer, gifts, souvenirs, clothing
9-4 Mon – Tues
9-5 Wed – Sat
10-4 Sunday
Call or email us for additional info about call ahead provisioning for scheduled no-contact pick up as well.
518-624-2481
info@hccll.com
 
Northern Borne
1236 Main Street
Long Lake, NY 12847
518-624-3271
Full-service grocery store
Gifts, T-shirts, Camping Supplies
Open Daily 9am – 6pm

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
3 Kickerville Lane
Long Lake, NY 12847
Wed – Saturday 4pm – 8pm
Take-out/Indoor Dining & Delivery
518-624-5539
http://www.thecellarlonglake.com

 
The Park 
Thurs – Sat 12-8
Sunday 12-6
Grilled Park Burgers, Whole Bird Fried Chicken Dinner’s togo with all the fixin’s.
Coffee, Espresso, Ice Cream, Beer & Wine to-go or outdoor dining
1133 Deerland Road
Long Lake, New York
Call (518) 323-6105

The Long Lake Diner
1161 Main Street
Long Lake, NY
https://longlakediner.com
Open for Take-out and now Dine In!
Outdoor dining available on the deck
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner available
Open Friday’s, Saturday, Sunday’s
Hours subject to change without notice
518-624-3941
 
 
Turner’s Pizza
Fresh homemade pizza
Take out window
Open Friday’s and Saturday’s at 4pm
8590 Newcomb Rd #3 (0.05 mi)
Long Lake, New York 12847
518-304-7342
 
Raquette Lake Tap Room
Open Daily for Take-out
315-354-4581
Mon – Saturday Serving Breakfast 7am-10:30am/11am – 8pm
Sunday 12pm-8pm
 
 
 

#518RAINBOWHUNT in Long Lake NY

If you’ve been to Long Lake in recent weeks you may have seen rainbows adorning many places in town.  

The 518 Rainbow Hunt has over 115,000 members in it’s Facebook Group.  The group, created in March 2020 shortly after the NYS Pause orders took effect and homeschoolers were stuck at home, scared, uncertain and afraid of what would come next, volunteers decided to shine a little light, hope and rainbows on an otherwise extremely unprecedented, scary, uncertain lock-down.

 

Families in the 518 area code and beyond placed handmade rainbows in their windows, doors and driveways. The goal is to create a rainbow scavenger hunt for kids who are cooped up inside for most of the day.

A local Long Lake resident and parent asked businesses and the Town of Long Lake if rainbows could be placed about to include Long Lake in this effort to bring smiles, positive vibes during the Coronavirus Lock down in New York State.

As the school year winds down, and parents start to close up their zoom aps and Microsoft Teams for the year, we just wanted to make sure everyone saw the cool rainbows that were placed around Long Lake. 

Spreading Rainbows, Good Vibes, & Positivity Worldwide from the 518.

Long Lake & Raquette Lake are Open and Ready for You!

Shamrock Motel & Cottages

Journey’s End Cottages

Sandy Point Motel

Motel Long Lake

The lodging properties are open and ready for you.  Memorial Day was the kick-off and property owners began the task of opening their doors for customers for the long holiday weekend.

Spend the night, weekend, week or longer!
Do book a stay at one of our traditional lodgings now open.  Check them out at

https://mylonglake.com/long-lake-lodging/ 


We are ready to go with desirable, affordable comfort, hospitality and lake side lodgings in our local motel rooms, cottages and cabins. Many places are offering a no-contact check in and some changes to their overall operations in order to keep your stay as safe as possible.  The best part of a visit to Long Lake and Raquette Lake is definitely the fresh air, the great outdoors  and waterways just outside your lodging room door.


 
Faqs
 
If you are traveling to our area – welcome, we are glad you are here.  Everyone wants to know what the rules and regulations are? 
 
We ask our visitors to be mindful of others, be patient and follow the Best Practice guidelines as we continue re-open. And please, ask questions if you need more guidance.
 
Do watch your health
·      Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
·      Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
·      Practice social distancing. Maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and do your best to stay out of crowded places.
·      Currently in NYS gatherings are no more than 10 people to a group.
·      Please wear a mask inside our local businesses and when you are less than six feet away from others.
·      Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. We’ve provided hand sanitizer to our local businesses so be on the lookout when you visit.

Hoss’s

Raquette Lake Supply

 
Do visit our local merchants. 
Our stores are open.  Don’t miss a stop at Hoss’s, the ADK Trading Post, Another Paradise Cove, Northern Borne, Stewart’s Shops and Raquette Lake Supply for all the essentials. Everyone is working hard keeping everyone safe, and the doors are open.  All the business owners just ask that you please wear a mask when entering the store or if you are less than 6 feet away from others. 
 
Stop on by for goodies, souvenirs, fishing licenses, bait, food, snacks, t-shirts, clothing, outdoor gear and more.  
 

 

Adk Trading Post 

Turner’s Pizza

EAT!  A Lot! 
On Thursday June 4th our restaurants were permitted to seat customers in their outdoor dining areas. Restaurants have prepped their porches and decks with tables spaced six feet apart.  Menus are bulging with unique offerings and specials with a traditional array of eats and beverages to entice everyone.  Standard pub fare from homemade pizza, Buffalo wings, burgers, steak sandwiches, lobster rolls, Italian dishes to grilled, broiled, roasted and Fried Chicken specials, Taco Tuesday’s and Fish Fry Friday’s and ice cream.  Our outdoor dining and take-out options in our little corner of the world are everything you need for your stay and beyond.
 
Want current updates on who’s open?  Check out our Local Updates pages – updated daily.https://mylonglake.com/local-updates/
 
 
 
As we have started to see visitors return and come in for long weekends our lodgings are open and you will find we are ready to accept visitors. We ask our guests to do the best you can do and follow the directives by each individual property.


We are grateful we have so many open spaces! We also have lots of small local businesses that will be happy to welcome you and offer take out and groceries and no-contact social distancing shopping.
 
See you soon!


Raquette Lake Tap Room

Adirondack Growl & Grub

The Park Long Lake 

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub Long Lake

The Long Lake Diner

Donnelly’s Sunset Point

Ali Baba’s Liquor Store

Community Bank

Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation

Warren/Hamilton County Nutrition Site

Raquette Lake Supply

Cover Photo by Instagram@dirtandglass  

Courtesy of Motel Long Lake

Special Thanks to all our Essential Businesses that Stayed Open during the Stay Home PAUSE orders.
 
Community Bank, NA with no-contact banking
Warren / Hamilton County Office of the Aging Meals on Wheels
Hoss’s Country Corner for no-contact groceries
ADK Trading Post for no-contact groceries
Ali Babas Liquor Store & Laundromat
Northern Needles and Volunteers for making masks!
Stewart’s Shops
Long Lake Transfer Station
Raquette Lake Transfer Station 
Long Lake Central School Teachers & Chef Karl Geiger and his amazing staff and all the drivers for door to door delivering food to our students!
The Teaching Staff and Noelle Short for their continued commitment to the LLCS students
Adirondack Hotel for Takeout and  delivery of Saturday Meals for our most vulnerable population.
The Long Lake Lions Club for their financial support for the Saturday Meal delivery
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and their Random Act of Kindness Gift Certificate promotions for our Essential Workers
The Long Lake Post Office and Kim!  And Jim Jennings and Bruce, Virginia and Skip for delivering the mail, packages and keeping everything running
Raquette Lake Post Office for letting us put out masks, posters and delivering packages!
Hamilton County Highway Department
Long Lake Highway Crews
Long Lake Water Department
Town of Long Lake
Long Lake Rescue Squad
Long Lake Fire Department
Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Raquette Lake Ambulance Squad
NYSEG & National Grid for keeping on the power
SLIC & Frontier for our INTERWEBS!
UPS and Gene
Our Fed Ex Drivers
Raquette Lake Tap Room
Raquette Lake Supply
The Long Lake Beach Bathrooms
 
To everyone else who closed their doors due to state requirements, we thank you for waiting out the storm! Now that we can turn on the valve and re-open our businesses, let’s stay and support our local businesses, the life-blood of our small town communities.
 
Camping –New York State has authorized the NYSDEC Camprounds to be open, but as of this writing, we don’t have confirmation as to when we can expect our area campgrounds to be open and ready to go. We know they have to staff-up, and get reservations in order in line and as soon as we know, we’ll let you know.
 
#buylocal
 
And if we forgot anyone please feel free to email a photo and update to longlake@mylonglake.com
 
 
 
From NYS Department of Health
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/travel-large-gatherings-and-quarantines
 
Quarantines
Local Health Departments (LHDs)  must utilize the following definitions in determining whether or not to institute a mandatory or precautionary quarantine: 
 
Mandatory Quarantine
·      Person has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.
 
·      Person has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
 
Mandatory Isolation
·      Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19. 
·      LHDs must immediately issue an order for Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation once notified, which shall be served on the person impacted. 
 
·      Precautionary Quarantine- Person meets one or more of the following criteria: 
·      Has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy while COVID-19 was prevalent, but is not displaying symptoms.
 
·      Proximate exposure to a positive person but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms. 
 
·      Any person the Local Health Department believes should be quarantined that is not addressed through the interim guidelines, should contact the Department of Health.
 
Hamilton County Department of Public Health 518-648-5497 or email:
Erica Mahoney erica.mahoney.hcphns@frontier.com
 
Hamilton County Public Health and the North Country Chamber of Commerce have provided our area businesses with numerous webinars helping illuminate all the safety protocols, expectations and more just to help owners get a handle on how to greet the public while meeting safety protocols. Our businesses are working hard to go above and beyond the expectations!

Community Unity Bear Project 2020

In 2020 during the historic Covid-19 Pandemic, as everyone was stuck inside trying to make the most out of an extraordinary situation, the Long Lake Parks and Rec Department launched a community-wide event to build community spirit. Parks & Rec launched the concept which had been introduced to the community in 2015 to Decorate, the Momma Bear from the iconic Long Lake logo. Here is a compilation of the bears. Thanks to all the participants for sharing their bears

Covid-19 Testing Available in Long Lake, NY May 22

Adirondack Health’s mobile testing clinic will be in the following locations:

Friday, May 29 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Long Lake Central School, 20 School Rd., Long Lake, NY 12847

To schedule an appointment, please contact your primary care provider or the COVID-19 clinic at 518-897-2462. There is no direct cost to the individual being tested, but Adirondack Health will collect health insurance information and bill insurance companies. Insurance companies, in turn, are prohibited by New York state from charging co-pays or deductibles for COVID-19 testing. Individuals without health insurance will still be tested free of charge.

Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested, but not required. Every COVID-19 test will entail a nasopharyngeal (sinus) swab, with the option to also have blood drawn to check for the presence of the COVID-19 antibody.

Adirondack Health’s expanded testing efforts will continue for the foreseeable future, subject to the continued availability of COVID-19 test kits. For the most up-to-date information regarding Adirondack Health testing availability, visit adirondackhealth.org/covid-testing.

Additional Sites testing include:
Tuesday, May 26 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Marcy Field, 12942 Route 73, Keene, NY 12942

Wednesday, May 27 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Northwood School, 92 Northwood Rd., Lake Placid, NY 12946

Thursday, May 28 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – L.P. Quinn Elementary School, 294 Hosley Ave., Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Memorial Day Weekend has arrived. Long Lake is excited to welcome back our second home owner residents, guests, visitors, fishermen, sunbathers, recreational enthusiasts and birds, bears, and all walks of wildlife. We have been busy gearing up for your arrival to keep everyone healthy and safe as possible, but we need your help too.

We invite and ask everyone to please wear a mask in public, especially when less than 6 feet apart from anyone outside your immediate family and at our area businesses, inside or out.

We are observing CDC recommended social distancing protocols which recommend everyone to keep 6 feet apart as much as possible. Please observe the safety measures and wear a cloth face-covering when picking up food or retails items or in our essential stores and don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

Stay safe, please help keep our small community healthy. We are excited to have our curbside-only retail operations, essential businesses and our take-out restaurants open and we ask you adhere to their safety standards so they can take good care of you too.

Please note: The Memorial Day Parade is suspended for 2020, but the American Legion Post #650 will be hosting a small-private ceremony commemorating those who have lost their lives while serving this country. The Long Lake Cemetery will be open to the public on Monday by 12 p.m.

The population of Hamilton County has grown significantly over the past several weeks and as things continue to re-open in our region, the population will increase in response.  It is critical that all of our residents continue to wear masks when in public, respect social distancing, and do not host social gatherings. Do not plan family reunions, birthday parties or other festivities. Remember that the healthcare infrastructure in Hamilton County is limited, we do not have a hospital or urgent care facility, and an outbreak in Hamilton County will have a significant impact on our summer and ability to re-open fully.

Model the behavior that you wish to see! Whether you are on a hiking trail, enjoying the local beach or picking up a curbside meal from one of your favorite restaurants, be mindful and respectful of those around you. There will be changes to the way we all interact this summer, but we hope to maintain the same sense of relaxation and hospitality. Our future relies on each of you to do your part!


#NorthCountryStrong

NYS Executive Order 202.17

 

Schedule Announcement
Please note: The Memorial Day Parade is suspended for 2020, but the American Legion Post #650 will be hosting a small-private ceremony commemorating those who have lost their lives while serving this country. The Long Lake Cemetery will be open to the public on Monday by 12 p.m.

Updated Hiking and Camping Info from NYSDEC

NY’s Outdoors Are Open
#RecreateLocal – Safely and Responsibly

For the safety of all visitors and to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, DEC and State Parks are undertaking steps to reduce public density:

DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers until further notice. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails;


Limiting parking. State Parks may reduce the number of available parking spaces on high visitation days. Please avoid visiting crowded areas. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas;


Boat Launches and Marinas: Marinas and boat launch sites are open where conditions allow. Call the park or regional office directly for current status;
Swimming: State Park beaches and pools will remain closed to swimming through May 31. State Parks continues to review plans to reopen swimming facilities and will announce any change in status;


Camping changes: all state-operated campgrounds, cabins, pavilions, and cottages are closed to visitation through May 31. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. New York State has suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. Visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund, or you can transfer it to the 2021 season;


Temporarily stop issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more, and for more than 3 days at one location on state lands;
Temporarily restricting lean-to- use to members of a single household at a time;

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing;
Practice social distancing. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others even when outdoors;


Wear a mask when you cannot maintain social distancing;
Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and high-five;
Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.


DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to state parks and state lands, and other parks to:

Stay local and keep visits short;
Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members;
Maintain a distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks;
Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer;

Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees;

If you arrive at a park or trail and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit; and

If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.

New Yorkers over 70 years old or with a compromised immune system should not visit public spaces, including those outdoors. These New Yorkers should remain indoors or spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, and require visitors to wear masks.

Visitors to the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are reminded to always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code and avoid busy trailheads. Find trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours. DEC also encourages New Yorkers to be safe and sustainable when recreating outdoors. Learn more about how you can protect natural spaces when exploring outdoors by following the seven principles of Leave no Trace. Additional information is available on the DEC website.

Sporting Licenses – HOSS’S OFFERS SPORTING LICENSES.
Call 518-624-2481

To limit the community spread of COVID-19, DEC is encouraging hunters, trappers, and anglers to purchase sporting licenses online. Sporting licenses may be purchased online at any time, and anglers may use their privileges immediately by simply carrying their transaction number (DEC-LS#) with them while afield.

Anglers, hunters, and trappers may also use the HuntFishNY mobile app to display an electronic copy of their license. The HuntFishNY app is available for download through the Apple App or Google Play stores. Back tags and carcass tags must still be mailed, and customers should allow 10-14 days for receipt of their tags.

DEC will provide updates periodically via email, social media, and at www.dec.ny.gov. We will also be available to respond to questions or concerns regarding visitation opportunities at contact@dec.ny.gov

Helpful DEC Links
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html

Back Country Info West Central ADKS
Back Country Info High Peaks
Back Country Info East Central ADKS

 

 

 

Link to Long Lake/Raquette Lake Hiking Info Descriptions for hikes below listed there.

Please do NOT rely on cell phone service. Download maps, preserve your cell phone battery.  Prepare for bugs, mud on the trail. Leave No Trace principals. Use registers, one person from party. Bring mask / cloth face covering on trails in case you cross paths with anyone.  

Be kind. 

Easy Hikes:

Buttermilk Falls – Long Lake
Death Brook Falls – Raquette Lake
Goodnow Mountain – Newcomb
Coney Mountain – county line between Long Lake & Tupper Lake
Lake Eaton Campground Loop
Catlin Bay Leanto – Off of Northville Lake Placid Trail – Long Lake
Mt. Sabattis/Northville Lake Placid 3 Brook Loop Trail – Long Lake

Things to Do to Keep you Busy

COMMUNITY UNITY BEAR-DECORATING

Calling all Long Lakers, the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a community “unity” event and encouraging any home who would like, to put a decorated cutout of a Long Lake bear in their front yard. The cutouts are available for FREE at the Geiger arena, beginning on Friday May 8th. The idea is to have as many homes as possible decorate a bear and place it in their yard by May 22nd.

Parks & Rec Department will go around about 4PM on May 22nd and take pictures of the different decorations. This is not a contest, just a way to bring back some sense of unity in this trying time of social isolation and quarantine.


We ask anyone going to pick up their cutout to follow all CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitation, and masks. Please email longlakeevents@gmail.com to sign up so we don’t miss any decorations, or if you have any questions.

HAMILTON COUNTY MILE CHALLENGE

The “Hamilton County Mile Challenge”  is a family-led activity where kids (and adults) time themselves on a one mile course. On the honor system, participants submit their times to the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County and the school PE teacher. Mile times would be posted on Facebook.

Timeline:  May 8—End of school year. 

The Course: 

Start in the school parking lot. There will be a sign indicating the start line. From the school participants will turn right to head towards Stewart’s (this is about a quarter mile). Staying on the sidewalk, when participants get to the intersection they will turn right Participants will continue on the sidewalk until they get to the road that goes behind the post office. They will turn right down this road, Owls Head lane until they get to the turn around sign which will be at half a mile. They will turn around, at the turn around sign, and venture back to the school to complete the one mile course. Runners and walkers are encouraged to improve their times over the Challenge’s scheduled timeline.

 


Participants will be entered in drawings in several categories at the conclusion of the event. 

The “Hamilton County Mile Challenge”  is a family-led activity where kids (and adults) time themselves on a one mile course. On the honor system, participants submit their times to the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County and the school PE teacher. Mile times would be posted on Facebook.

Submit times and pictures to Miss Klossner at hannah.klossner@longlakecsd.com and 4riversofhamiltoncounty@gmail.com

Long Lake