Adventures out of LL

Fall Foliage 2013

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Have you heard about the Fall Photo Contest? Submit entries by Oct 18th to

Fall Foliage 2013. Check out some beautiful colors and visit Long Lake. Discover the magic of the Adirondacks and make Long Lake your first and last stop along the way!

Have you seen the Buttercup? How bout a visit to the historic Long Lake Cemetery with its visit of Mt. Sabattis. Picnic at Mt. Sabattis with gorgeous foliage views of Long Lake. Make the list and check it off. WW Durant, RL Tap Room, Great Camp Sagamore, Seaplane Ride, Visits to the Adk Museum and the Wild Center. So much to see and do you’ll have to extend your stay!

Once you’re done with all your leaf peeping submit your fall foliage photos to and return on October 25th to the Adirondack Hotel for an Artist’s Reception featuring a slide show of all the entries, and an awards ceremony.

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Town of Long Lake Offers Waterfront Property

The Town of Long Lake announces the offering of The Lake Eaton Camp Property Auction.

The property located at 76 Robinwood Way on Lake Eaton in the Town of Long Lake was last subject to Sale in August 2012. The property will be subject to Auction on Friday June 28, 2013.

Interested parties should contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor’s office for packets of information regarding the Property Auction Procedures by contacting 518.624.3001 or Email, Email

For more detailed information about the property please see the official listing at

Waterfront Property Auction Long Lake

Long Lake Reality?

It’s a fun place to be this Long Lake. Really. Phone rings at the Main Headquarters.

“Hello, Long Lake Tourism, how may I help you today?”

“So I’m from the National Geographic Show and we’d like to shoot episodes of our TV Show Building Wild in your area. Can you help?”

“Well, I’ll try, what is it, what do you need and how much will it cost me?”

“We need people with land, personality and a dream to build a hideaway cabin in the woods with no electricity and no water and the most difficult access ever, that’s part of the story.. getting there shouldn’t be easy”

“Sold. Where do I sign?”

Yes – it’s true, National Geographic is going to dip it’s toes in the remote waters of the Central Adirondacks and explore Long Lake, NY. Why not? We’ve got bear, loons, owls, bugs, trees, contentious land issues, passionate folks and big personalities. Seems like a good mix for a reality show.

Ok – so look for flyer’s. Call your long lost uncle with that remote piece of property in Long Lake you’ve always wanted to build on. Show us your hunting trophies, or your bird lists … whatever dynamic dream you’ve got, it all plays a part.

Here’s the text from the flier…

Do you dream of a getaway cabin in the middle of nowhere? Building Wild can build it.

Building Wild is a reality TV show setting a course to pull together a crew, materials (most of them, not all) and need the guy with a dream of getting away from it all on his own piece of paradise. (Long Lake, Raquette Lake… totally the perfect locations for this to happen – although I’ve already heard from one friend who summers here to make sure we don’t put the crew near his house.. and so it begins!)

You might be what we’re looking for if you own a remote piece of land, the more remote, the better. Getting there should be half the battle for our crew. (can we say Boat Access only Long Laker’s or Raquette Laker’s?) When we say wilderness, we mean it: from mountain tops to an island on a remote lake. We will put you on camera to document the adventure. If this sounds like you, email
Send Email with a description of yourself (including fun hobbies) your vision for your dream getaway and a photo of your property.

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Long Lake Historical Society Newsletter

At the October meeting of the Long Lake Historical Society, Harold (Bunny) Austin and Tom Bissell were the guest speakers. Tom started off on the topic of why people came to Long Lake. He remarked that most early settlers came from western New England such as Vermont and western Massachusetts. In the 1830s there was a shortage of land and the land was “wearing” out from years of farming in those areas.

The early settlers were lured by advertisements extolling the virtues of moving to the Adirondacks where they would find fertile ground and fields of wheat waving in the gentle breezes. . . a slight exaggeration. In the early years they had some success with farming as the land in the Adirondacks had been solidly tree-covered and undisturbed. Fertility was shortlived, however, as the soil was poor, sandy and hardpan under the thin cover of fertile soil. Not to mention that these early settlers had to contend with tree stumps and rocks. Tom stated that although one could buy land for as little as a $1 an acres, it cost $10 to clear it.

View of Long Lake

Long Lake was the most isolated community in New York State. Roads were non-existent, the nearest post office was 40 miles away and the nearest grocery store 60 miles away. One of the members present remarked that it was much like it is today. In the winter the nearest grocery store is apx 22 miles away, but we still have our post office for the present.

By the 1840s people drifted away. Morehouse, a town in Hamilton County had a population of 150, but by 1840 only 10 residents remained.

The mine at Tahawus started c. 1826. Unlike the modern mine founded in 1941, there was not much opportunity for employment for Long Lakers as the route to Newcomb was primitive at best. Robert Shaw did work at the mine when his family faced an economic crisis He mostly stayed at the mine as it was a difficult journey to undertake on a daily basis. This first mine lasted until 1857, when the Panic of 1857 hit. Economy in the northeast took a nose dive.

Even though a blast furnace had just been installed in 1854, demand ceased.

The New Blast Furnace

Long Lakers continued to rely on farming for their livelihood. David Keller had the largest farm of 58 acres and was quite successful. He had farmed before coming to Long Lake so he had an advantage over his neighbors.

Meanwhile, back in 1813, the Schroon River opened to log driving, soon the Hudson opened and lumbering reached North Creek. It wasn’t until the 1880s that lumbering came to Long Lake. Along with lumbering came an increase in the population of the town. By 1910 there were 1000 people in Long Lake. Because Long Lake relied on the Raquette River, our logs went north and not to Glens Falls. Prices in the north were lower than those in the south so Blue Mountain Lakers and Raquette Lakers and Indian Lakers had an advantage over us as they could send their logs down to Glens Falls. Eventually, the railroad reached Long Lake West and logs would now be shipped south.

In 1869, Rev. W.H.H. Murray wrote Adventures in the Wilderness, which extolled the Adirondacks as a paradise for hunting, fishing, boating, scenic views, etc. thus beginning the tourist industry which still exists today. Tourists came. They hired guides, so farmers became guides. They required accommodations so hotels were built. The heyday of the grand Victorian hotels ended in the depression of the late 20s and 1930s. Sagamore Hotel 1888.

The Sagmore Hotel

Tom ended his economic history of Long Lake here of Long Lake here and Bunny Austin kicked in with stories of the old days in Long Lake.

He started with a tale about the snack bar. Chris Wallace was cooking, the restaurant was full, an out-of-town lady at the counter was gazing out over the frozen lake. She turned to Chris and asked in a thoughtful way, “what happens to all this ice on the lake in the summer?” Chris replied without a pause, “it sinks to the bottom.”

Next Bunny talked about cutting ice down at Hackett’s Camp Riverdale with George Cole, Ed Hamner, Bill Boone. At the time he was courting Evelyn, his wife, and missed seeing her while they were down the lake. There were no roads from Hacketts to the town. Bunny asked the boss, if he could take off after work at 4:30, walk to town on the frozen lake, see Evelyn and return by breakfast the next morning. His boss agreed so Bunny took off. He ran 100 paces on the frozen lake, walked 100 steps and pretty soon he reached Round Island where he found a grebe in distress. It was stuck trapped by ice and it would surely die so Bunny stopped and gently worked his hands under the birds breast and patiently worked the bird free and tucked her in his jacket and continued on his way. Looking ahead towards the Lagerquist camp, he could see a figure moving across the lake towards the camp. He appeared weighted down and was moving slowly. Bunny called out, thinking maybe he needed help, but the figure stopped briefly looked towards Bunny and turned and picking up the pace of his progress Schaeferhunting7.jpghustled to the shore and disappeared into the woods. By this time the bird in his jacket started to wiggle around so when Bunny opened his jacket the bird took off in a hurry flying who knows where. Bunny just kept on going and reached town visited with Evelyn and then returned back down the lake (about 10 miles) for breakfast.

Years later, Bunny learned that the mysterious figure on the lake was Joker Houghton Sr.. He thought Bunny was a conservation officer who was after him. Joker’s loaded down packbasket was chock full of venison which is why he hustled himself out of sight into the woods.

OcktoberPETfest, Long Lake NY Highlight Video

On Saturday, October 8, 2011 the Town of Long Lake and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts collaborated together for OcktoberPETfest. The event featured a craft fair, a magician, bounce house, a Pet Parade Contest, Pet Agility Course, a Pet Maze and a Punkin’ Chunkin’ Competition.

It was a beautiful fall day and we thank all our vendors and guests for coming out. Special Thanks to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for their support and great staff and as always enriching our events! Always remember to support your Arts Center so we can keep bringing you great events all year long.

Thank you to our vendors, the Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative, The Long Lake Lions Club, Flavor, Cybercreek Cafe for providing us with the great yummy food.

Most of all thank you to our Punkin’ Catapult Builders. Brittney Olbert & Trevor with Tamarack Attacks – the ultimate Winners plus The Dominator built by Chris Howe, Thom Ross, Nick Luxford and Jimmy Waite’s “Puppies Love to Fly” (I’ll fact check back at the office) No animals were hurt in the Pet Parade or the Punkin Chunkin Competition!

Click here to watch a highlight video featuring “It’s Not the Fall That Hurts” by The Caesars.

Long Boat Regatta Race

On September 24, 2011 the Town of Long Lake was the site for the Long Boat Regatta. This race is sponsored by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. The race kicked off from the Long Lake Town Beach on route 30 at 10am.

On Saturday morning there was a slight mist in the air and the lake was pure glass as the boats launched. War Canoes traveled South West to Moose Island as all other boats head northeast towards Round Island.

This race features the 22-Mile North American War Canoe Championships, and a 15-mile race on Long Lake. Other events include the Adirondack Kayak Championships, a 15 – Mile C-4 marathon, and guideboat and “Anything goes” races for youth and adults. All races begin and end at the beach across from the Adirondack Hotel and it is always held on the last Saturday in September. Great time for fall foliage.

The following video features the 2011 race. Congratulations and thank you to all the paddlers that participated. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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For more information on this event and the Adirondack Watershed Alliance check out their page at AWA Racing Information at

Special Thanks to the Long Lake Lions Club for serving food, the Long Lake Fire Department for use of their boat and the AARL for their Ham Radio operations.

90 Miler 2nd Day Launch

Saturday, September 10th the Adirondack Canoe Classic launched from Endion Field in Long Lake, NY. The 2011 90 Miler celebrates its 29th year. The race is a paddle of the original highways of the Adirondacks, from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Organizers of the Adirondack Canoe Classic have once again called on the New York State DEC, regional business people, and an army of volunteers to coordinate this massive effort.

The following video is a complilation of the launch of the 12 waves of boats. Categories include, Open Touring, Voyageur Canoes, C-2 Family, Recreation and Solo, C-1, C-4’s and Touring, Unlimited, and Tandem Kayaks.

The Town of Long Lake celebrates the paddlers and this race. Thanks to Brian and Grace McDonnell for all their efforts in making this race come to life year after year.

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Please note the top three clips at the top of the video showcases the “ride” down to the field at Endion in Long Lake, NY. The first three video images are from March 7th, 2011, April 30th, 2011 and September 10, 2011. (Just in case you were confused) Just trying to give a sense of place.

Long Lake is OPEN! No extra water here!

With the recent onslaught of Hurricane Irene wreaking havoc with our region and the continuation of rains from Hurricane Leigh/Lee (call the fact checkers) – it would certainly seem the Adirondacks are struggling. Long Lake extends a huge branch of “hang in there” to our neighbors in Keene, Keene Valley, all along the Ausable, our friends in Warren County, south of us in Binghamton and Vermont struggling with their clean up and rising waters. Those communities got hit hard by Irene and Long Lake knows the surprise, shock and amount of work it is to rise up after a disaster – check for flooding Long Lake (spring 2011). Hang in there our neighbors, our hearts are with you.

But with news about flooding in our region, so comes rumors and questions. There’s a rampant rumor spreading that an imaginary lock has been put on the imaginary gate into the Adirondack Park. Just to clarify, there are not gates to the Adirondack Park, there are no toll booths and the blue line is a map demarcation and chances are you won’t actually see a blue line when crossing into the park (as far as I know)

Long Lake and Raquette Lake are here and open.

Long Lake Clouds

This weekend presents the 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic sponsored by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Over 600 paddlers are registered. The race kicks of on Friday morning, September 9th in Old Forge.

Saturday the event takes off from Endion in Long Lake. Paddlers hit the course at 8:30am. Spectators are welcome to view the race from the Long Lake Town Bridge as they paddle north towards Tupper Lake. It’s a glorious sight to see these paddlers as they wend their way down the widening of the Raquette River. Organizer Brian McDonald anticipates with the volume of water in the lakes and rivers that it will be a record breaking race year.

Best small town moment of the week. Meeting two paddlers from Michigan stopping at the Long Lake Town Beach who saw event organizer Brian McDonnell picking up the big orange buoys (borrowed from the Adirondack Museum) from the Town of Long Lake – if anything this event is collaborative and partners from all across the North Country help out to welcome the paddlers to our region. The couple from Michigan stopped to say hi to Brian and report they had arrived from the west and they were looking forward to the race. We’re thrilled to be part of such a far–reaching event that invites folks from all over the country and the world to our beautiful region.

Also this weekend is the Adirondack Museum Rustic Furniture Fair. Enjoy the museum’s fantastic collection of artifacts and history, and the A.F. Tait exhibit. Step outside to experience a world class event not to be missed. Rustic Furniture makers from across the country descend on Blue Mt. Lake and the Adirondack Museum to showcase their work and sell it to guests. These artisans are exclusively selected and display their handcrafted rustic pieces on the museum campus.

If that’s not enough for you, check out Newcomb’s Teddy Roosevelt Weekend chock full of events galore celebrating the historic ride by Teddy Roosevelt from the heights of Mount Marcy to become President of the United States.

And don’t forget to make Long Lake your central location for dining and lodging. Long Lake is in a great central location to explore the Adirondacks and enjoy these events in area towns. Great restaurants, beautiful views, a lake, hey we even have an airport (okay, a seaplane base) but it’s an airport to us. Have your own seaplane? Fly in, or fly over to see the paddlers on the race to Saranac Lake!

Here comes the plane from the LL Airport

See you in Long Lake this weekend! We’re open in the Heart of the Adirondacks and the weather looks great!

Music Man Barber Shop Quartet Rocks Long Lake

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