Winter Bingo Challenge Complete!

The Winter Bingo Challenge of 2021 is now in the books!  

Participants and Winners:

Steph Hample Long Lake, NY

Tara Murphy Long Lake NY

Cathy Herrling Elbridge NY

Latasha Thompson Ballston Spa and Long Lake, NY

Julie Veronezi Chatham NY

Dave West Windsor CT


Stay tuned for more announcements heading our way for the Summer 2021 Outdoor Recreation Challenge!  

Winter Challenge Bingo Card 2021

2021 Winter Bingo Long and Raquette Lakes

Long Lake announces Winter Wonderland Bingo highlighting activities and featuring outdoor recreation as a contest running until February 28th. 
The specially designed Bingo cards will be posted on social media, and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office and area businesses starting February 12th.  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 gift card, completing five random activities will win a sticker and completing all 25 tasks will garner a selection of prizes and the ultimate winner will compete for a gift basket featuring items from Long Lake and Raquette Lake merchants.
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 longlakeevents@gmail.com or can directly use an uploader link at https://upload.crowdriff.com/lakesbingo. Participants on Instagram are invited to post their fun activities and use hashtag #mylonglakebingo  #barkeaterbingo #YesLongLake and follow the page at www.instagram.com/mylonglake
Featured tasks include indoor and outdoor activities ranging from reading Adirondack books, visiting area retail stores trying out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and skating and more. 
For more info about lodging, dining, public health information visit mylonglake.com

For those interested in finding out more info on the activities.

Link to Blog Post about the Three Brook X-C Ski Trail Here.



Skating will be open daily at the Long Lake Geiger Arena during Winter Break. call 518-624-3031 for conditions.

View from Mt. Sabattis Overlook

Access Cascades Trail down Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake, NY off of Route 28.

Cascades Trail Sagamore
Boreas Ponds

Adirondack Winterscapes from the Boreas Ponds in North Hudson NY

written by Stephen J. Lemieux



Skiing Boreas Ponds

Travelogue:  January 31, 2021.

I did a cross country ski trek approximately fifteen (15) miles round trip to finally get the ADK scenery that I couldn’t get last year when I did this ski.

The Gulf Brook Road to and from the ponds is roughly eighty (80) percent UPHILL skiing. I went this past Sunday (1/31/21) and it was very cold to start up gradually warmed up…slightly.

The very first parking lot as you turn on the Gulf Brook Road entrance from the Blue Ridge Road is plowed and open. There is a good size snowbank you must tromp over and work around the yellow swing gate to get to the sign-in register. After that, it is all hard skiing as the road is not groomed or maintained.

That Sunday, I experienced low temperatures ranged from -1 to 5 degrees, especially in the shade. However, as the sun came out and sustained without a cloud in the sky, the temps ranged from 20 to 25 degrees which helped immensely! The clouds came in as I got closer to my car so I was very thankful.

All weather situations are different, so be prepared regardless and bring water or sports drinks in bottles that can slosh or move in a backpack. Do not bring a Camelback with a hose line as I did before on my first trip last year, or it WILL freeze up.

I am still recovering as my legs feel like jello still but it was well worth it from last year as I said. That year, I got to the ponds after it being very windy and downright cold, I couldn’t get the views I got this year.


Written by Stephen J. Lemieux from Adirondack Aerial & Ground Imagery. Used with permission. Originally published on Facebook on February 2, 2021. 


Link to NYS DEC Winter Safety Information


Boreas Pond Map

Stephen has been sharing his photography and adventures with the Town of Long Lake through his active instagram and Facebook pages.   

He can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.j.lemieux

Boreas Ponds photo

2021 January Wrap Up

Long Lake January 2021 Wrap Up Video

Raquette Lake Tap Room

January 2021 was a busy month for Long Lake and Raquette Lake communities. 

In Raquette Lake we saw the expansion of the Raquette Lake Tap Room to accomodate a busy snowmobile season. This extension was necessary due to the 50% cap on capacity for indoor dining. In order to accomodate guests our local businesses have been coming up with creative ways to make our spaces safe and viable for our visitors and residents.  

The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held as a new version, Winter Carnival “Lite” featuring Cardboard Sled Races, ice sculptures, skating and fireworks. 

Raquette Lake Tap Room interior


We saw vaccine clinics take hold in Hamilton County with the ongoing efforts of the Hamilton County Public Health Department. This team is coordinating a herculean task as the county spans huge distances between communities and boasts one of the most senior populations in New York State. Obstacles can seem at first overwhelming as the “Vaccine Hunger Games” require internet savvy and the ability to navigate a New York State website to book appointments.

Hamilton County Public Health has partnered with local town supervisors and the Office of the Aging to develop a phone list of people seeking a vaccine who meet the current 1a and 1b criteria for vaccines.  Week to week, as vaccine becomes available, eligible residents who are on a list are contacted and appointments are made to get the shots in the arms of Hamilton County residents.  If not for the efforts of the Public Health department residents would have to travel to clinics as far as Potsdam, Plattsburgh, Utica, Syracuse or Albany.  

If you are over the age of 65, or meet the 1a and 1b criteria  and live in Long Lake or Raquette Lake contact 518-624-3077 to get on the vaccine list. Office is open Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm

Living in one of the most rural areas of New York State doesn’t thwart the efforts of a dedicated Public Health staff and the vaccine roll out is on-going. Hamilton County Public Health asks residents to please be patient as clinics will be scheduled around the county as vaccine is made available from New York State. 

Ice skating rink

Ice sculptures were created in and around town, due to a cold snap, they are still standing. They are best seen at the Long Lake Town Beach and the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area.

The Long Lake Ice Skating Rink and Sledding Hill is open for regular hours with our attendant Matthew Waligora in charge of the rink. There are nightly bonfires, skates and sleds available.  Phone for conditions 518-624-3031.

We have bait!  Hoss’s Country Corner is offering LIVE BAIT this winter.  Call 518-624-2481 or stop on by. Open daily.

Groceries!  Long Lake has groceries, REALLY!  Get your staples and ingredients at the ADK Trading Post offering curbside pick up and also at Hoss’s. Both offer fresh foods, and a variety of treats that will suprise all palates! Don’t underestimate the services available in Long Lake.

Dining – the Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner Owls Head Pub and the Long View Lodge and the Raquette Lake Tap Room are open for business. Check out their hours and menus here


Maco The Shark Winner Best in Show

2021 Winter Carnival Wrap Up

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2021
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, the Long Lake 19th Annual Winter Carnival saw major changes to the line-up and was able to host a modified version renamed Winter Carnival “Lite.”  The only coordinated event was the Cardboard Sled Races which were held with Covid-19 protocols in place. All participants and spectators had to register in advance for a maximum of 50 and there was no on-site registration.  Everyone wore masks and kept a minimum of six feet between racers and families. 
Race was only open to participants 18 and under and the winners for 2021:
Best Crash: Logan Hosley “Living Machine”
3rd: Kamila Stryszowski “The Rocket”
2nd: Morgan Delehanty “Muscle Tape”
1st: Quinn Giordano “The Mighty Eskimo
Best in Show: Matt & SJ Hosley “Maco”
Award-Winning Ice Carver Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm helped create a drive by Ice Sculpture display sponsored by our local businesses including: Motel Long Lake, Tom Donnelly Logging, Howe May We Help You, LLC, Long Lake Rentals and a combo business sculpture by the ADK Trading Post and Adirondack Hotel. There was also a large Long Lake bear sculpture installed at the Long Lake Town Beach.
The Long Lake Ice Skating rink and sledding hill was open all day with Covid Protocols in place and the day ended with a Fireworks display at Mt. Sabattis with spectators watching from inside their vehicles.
There was no royalty crowned and no infamous Ladies Frying Pan Toss in 2021, but we look forward to next year which will mark the 20th and is scheduled for January 15, 2022. Save the date!

2021 Winter Carnival “Lite”

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Winter Carnival “Lite” 

We are still moving forward with a modified, revised version of Winter Carnival.

10am Cardboard Sled Races  – MAX 50 includes races and spectators. Everyone MUST sign up in advance to attend this event. There is no walk up registration. Everyone must be pre-registered in advance – this 100% includes any spectators that may accompany the racer. This race is for 18 and under ONLY for 2021.** Please note – this event subject to change without notice.  Registration in advance.  518-624-3077. We we have to cut the list off at 50 as NYSDOH  Covid 19 regulations require  that events with have a max 50 people.  
10am – until complete  – The Ice Farm installs Ice Sculptures – Businesses have been invited to participate to help sponsor our ice sculpture park.  Must respond by Monday, January 11th.  Prices for small sculptures are $225 to $250 depending on number of sculptures commissioned. The price decreases with more participation.  Plan is to have an installation at the Beach and some carvings at Mt. Sabattis. We are encouraging drive by viewing.
Fireworks at 6:30pm SHARP. Viewers to watch from their vehicles – at Mt. Sabattis – or Post Office Parking Lot. This is a TEN minute show and always starts on TIME. Again – cars can view from Mt. Sabattis Parking Lots or Post Office Parking Lot 
Changes for 2021. 
We have postponed Coronation, Frying Pan Toss, Caber Toss, Kids Balloon Chase, One Shot Hockey & Bonfire. There will be no bonfires at all on that property that day to mitigate any possibility of congregation.
The Geiger Rink and Sledding Hill will be open with current Covid-19 Protocols in Place.  Link here for protocols:  https://mylonglake.com/what-2-do/skating/  

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