Adventures out of LL

Long Lake Kids on Paddling Adventure

Long Lake NY is the launching pad for the second leg of the Norther Forest Explorer’s program in New York State. Today children from Long Lake (four of them) and area towns gathered at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena to gear up and prep for a five day expedition paddling the waters of Long Lake to Tupper Lake, NY.

Long Lake is part of the 740 mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Brian MacDonald of Mac’s Canoe and the 90 Miler is leading the trip with two experienced paddlers ready to teach, paddle, engage in educational and fun activities as well as ensuring the safety of the participants. On Monday, July 18th, the group set off from an undisclosed location in Long Lake and headed to Moose Island, close to the inlet from the Raquette River to Long Lake. The rest of the trip is planned with three overnights and fun camping adventure north. They will enjoy camping in tents, spending nights under the stars and enjoying nature in all its incredible Adirondack Splendor.

NFCT’s Northern Forest Explorers Program engages rural youth in five day paddling trips that support healthy lifestyles and connect them with pride to the natural world, to their communities, and to the North Country region as a whole.

For more information about paddling in our area check out our Biz Directory for Canoe Rentals and Outfitters and explore our website for more information or click here: NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL

Long Lake Weekend Round Up


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

8pm, Long Lake Town Hall

“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce is fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written! Enjoy this non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan for his young master. $22/$15 Arts Center Members. An Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts production. To purchase tickets, visit or call 877-752-7715.

Weekend on the Waterfront

July 15-17

The Town of Long Lake in partnership with the Long Lake Association and the Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative announces a weekend of free family-friendly events celebrating Long Lake and the waters of the Raquette River! Join us for unconventional boat races, sink your rowboat race, musical entertainment, cardboard box boat races, Arts on the Water and the Long Lake Wooden Boat Show. A weekend you won’t want to miss!


Cool Crazy Regatta

9:30am-3pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Try your hand at wild and fun aquatic navigational competition! Free registration at 9:30am. Canoe, kayak and sailboat events for all ages from 10am! Stop by the Lions Club tent for a delicious BBQ lunch.

Float Night and Cardboard Box Boat Face-Off!

5-8pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Wear you life jacket and bust out your floaties for one night only! Lifeguards will be on duty and WON’T yell at you for wearing flotation devices!

Float around the beach, then get building your ultimate cardboard box boat for the face-off! Cardboard and duct tape will be available from 5-7pm for boat-building (but feel free to build ahead of time–there’s lots of cardboard at the dump!) while ADK DJ Glen LeBlanc spins tunes and runs awesome games.

Face-off takes place at 7pm where we’ll see who can sink the other boats and be the last boat floating!

Big prizes for top three boats (free airplane rides, kayak rentals, and ice cream!).

Art & Photo Show Meet the Artists Reception

7-9pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Kick-off the Annual Art and Photo Show with this special reception to meet the local artists featured in the show.


Art on the Water

10am-5pm, Long Lake Town Beach Waterfront

Members of the newly-formed Long Lake Artisans’ Cooperative set-up at the beach to display their art, sell their wares, and conduct live demonstrations. See local jewelry designers, knife-makers, painters, photographers, paddle-builders, woodworkers, and more! Stop by, take a look, do some shopping, then take a swim or sit back and enjoy the beautiful view of Long Lake. Free.

Art and Photo Show

1-8pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Once you’ve seen Art on the Water, head to the Town Hall for even more of your daily dose of beautiful masterpieces by local artists! Free admission. Sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library.

Long Lake Wooden Boat Show
12pm-4pm, Long Lake Town Beach Waterfront

Wooden motor boats, Adirondack Guide Boats, rowing skulls, war canoes, and wooden canoes will line the beach and waterfront all afternoon Sunday for the annual wooden boat show! Come down (admission is free) and check them out! Wooden Boat Parade will take place at 4pm. Vote for your favorite for Spectators Choice!

Art and Photo Show

1-8pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Free admission

Enjoy your Weekend on the Waterfront!

Making of Tribute to the Troops

Tribute to the Troops, a multi-media event is slated for the Long Lake Town Hall on Monday, May 30th at 4pm.

This special collection of personal remembrances of Adirondack veterans from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Tupper Lake will be featured at a concert performed Memorial Day weekend by Peggy Lynn.

Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter and arts educator brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.

Local producers with cameras, notepads and infectious enthusiaum interviewed 19 veterans from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Tupper Lake for a personal look into their military service.

So many stories, and so many memories. The collection has been edited together and will be shared in concert with Peggy Lynn coming to you in Indian Lake, Tupper Lake and Long Lake.

Long Lake hosts this concert tribute on Memorial Day, May 30th at 4pm at the Long Lake Town Hall. Tickets for Art Center members are $10 and vets are free. Don’t miss history in the making.

For more information about the concerts in Indian Lake and Tupper Lake check out the If you aren’t a member, please join! Arts and life are alive in the Adirondacks!

For lodging, dining and general information about Long Lake check out over 100 web pages at

Also this weekend look for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale, 70 miles of Garage Sales from Long Lake to Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake.

Flood Waters Start to Recede

April 30, 2011, Long Lake NY. 7:00am.

This morning at 7am, near the Adirondack Hotel and Helms Seaplane Base along NYS Route 30, the flood water had gone back down to levels seen on Thursday afternoon.

NYS DOT still has the road blocked to truck traffic between Blue Mt. and Long Lake across the bridge. Passenger cars and trucks are still getting thru at their own risk. The water was down and will continue to recede throughout the day.

The Adirondack Hotel reports they were able to turn off the pumps to let them rest for a bit (but they are back on, just in case). Initial reports say the compressors were spared. Electricity was turned back on. Northern Borne Store had stopped pumping water out of the basement as of 7am this morning (if not sooner)

There is a log truck parked in town, currently awaiting permission to travel north to Tupper Lake once the NYS DOT gives clearance.

Special thanks to the Hamilton County Highway, Long Lake and Indian Lake DOT and the Long Lake Highway Department for manning the roads on 24 hour shifts to keep truck traffic routed through Newcomb.

We look forward to having a reunion with both sides of town very soon.

May 1, Fiddle Jam is postponed until further notice.
Written by Alexandra Roalsvig

High Marks for Water in Long Lake

“It’s the highest water I’ve ever seen,” exclaimed longtime resident and Long Lake Marina owner Terry Folmsbee. It’s no joke. The water continues to rise and more rain is predicted in the next two days. Route 30 near Quackenbush’s Long View Lodge and Emerson Road is now flooded and DOT workers are out managing one lane of traffic.

Route 30 at 4:30pm

A storm system rocking over 40 states in the US didn’t miss Long Lake, NY. Backyard streams became rivers, backyards became ponds. Docks, styrofoam, winter debris, logs, set of stairs, canoes and even a porch swing were in the path of destruction and floating down the widening of the Raquette River on Wednesday afternoon.

At 1pm on Wednesday, April 27th water was seeping across NY State Route 30 in the Deerland section and Emerson Road.

Water from Long Lake seeps over Route 30

The Long Lake Town Beach has seen record high levels of water, the lifeguard stand yesterday was partially submerged and today was barely peaking out.

Before the storm

Lifeguard Stand at 4:30pm

24 hours later

Water at Helms Aeroservice reached the edge of the building. Tom Helms, wearing waders, carefully navigated to his dock to move a ramp and was picking items up off the floor in the office to prevent water damage.

4:30pm the water continues to creep up the shoreline

Helms Aero Service

Water hits the edge of Helms Aero Service

The Long Lake Spillway, built during the by the Civilian Conservation Corp as part of the New Deal back in the early 1930’s usually boasts a steep height of five to six feet drop to the lake. Today it is level with the lake.

Spillway usually a five to six feet drop is even with the lake

Forecast tonight calls for more rain at a rate of two inches per hour. Hard to believe. The sun is out, it’s humid and best of all… NO BUGS!

Long Lake Marina Parking Lot is submerged

Lady Orange Heads to Potsdam

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From the Press Republican:

March 12, 2011
Brother vs. Brother
Reynolds siblings coach Bulldogs, Orange in Class D game
JOHN CORYER Press-Republican
Just call it fate.
When Section VII champion Indian Lake/Long Lake battles Section X champion Chateaugay today at noon at Potsdam State’s Maxcy Hall in the NYPHSAA Class D girls’ basketball regional finals, it will be brother against brother on the coaching lines.
John Reynolds is the coach of the Orange and younger brother Chris the coach of the Bulldogs. One stands in the way of the other as a berth in the Final Four is at hand.
“How cool is that?” replied John. “One of us in going to the Final Four. He (Chris) was at our game against Ford Edward, and he was our biggest fan. He’s a really good coach, and I’m sure he’s preparing like crazy.
“Chateaugay is also my old school and I’m still part Bulldog.”
“We talked about something like this happening but felt it would be a rare chance if it did,” said Chris. “It’s hard to get where we are at right now.
“I’ve been coaching my whole life it seems and now I’m coaching against my brother and niece (Carli). It’s going to be a tough game. We have a gameplan going in and will try to follow it. But, John is very organized.”
Indian Lake/Long Lake (20-2), after winning a sectional title for the first-time ever in any girls’ sport with a 40-24 victory over defending Section VII champion Westport at the Plattsburgh State Field House, advanced to the regional finals with a thrilling 52-51 win over Section II’s Fort Edward on Tuesday.
Melanie Pierson, who has averaged four points a game this season, scored a team-high 15 and was followed by standout Carli Reynolds with 13 and Allison Pine, 11.
Reynolds hit both ends of a one-and-one with three seconds left to send the game into overtime and Pine, with Reynolds getting the assist, scored what proved to be the game-winning basket.
“We don’t play against anyone like Fort Edward in the regular season,” John said. “They really get at you and are relentless. I’m so proud of the kids. They tried to put the pressure on someone else and Melanie Pierson came through for us.
“Carli came through for us at the end of regulation. She made sure of her mechanics and hit both free throws. I was pretty proud of her.”
“Carli is very dangerous,” said Chris. “She can score a number of different ways and has a great supporting cast.
“Fort Edward forced them into getting points from other places and they did. I’m concerned because Indian Lake/Long Lake is a strong defensive team.”
Chateaugay (16-6) fell in the semifinals of the Section X overall playoffs after winning the Section X Class D championship and had a bye to the regional final.
On the way to winning the sectionals, the No. 3 seed Bulldogs defeated No. 6 seed Colton-Pierrepont, 52-22 in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Hammond, 54-46, in the semifinals where Courtney Boyea nailed five three-pointers and No. 1 seed Hermon-Dekalb, 31-22, in a low-scoring title game.
“We’ve peaked at the right time and practices have been outstanding,” said Chris. “We still have a very young team, but they are getting very excited about basketball.
“We have been able to stay in games because of our defense.”
The two teams did meet earlier in the season in Chateaugay and the Bulldogs emerged with a 37-30 victory. Boyea led the way with 14 points, while Raquel Fowler added 10 points and 15 rebounds and Makayla Fleury, 10 points and eight boards.
Carli Reynolds scored 17 of Indian Lake/Long Lake’s points and Allison Pine added seven along with doing her usual good work in the rebounding department.
“Chateaugay did a good job in their man-to-man defense,” said John. “They did a good job on Carli and we just didn’t knock down enough shots.
“But, our whole town is so excited about this game — even the neighboring community. It’s really cool and we hope we can keep it going.”
The Bulldogs, ranked fifth in the state, are led in scoring by Boyea (13.1), Fowler (10.7) and Fleury (8.2). The Orange, ranked seventh, counter with Reynolds (20.0), Pine (9.1) and Murphy Farrell (5.9).
Team statistics
Chateaugay Bulldogs (16-6)
Player     gp     fg     ft     tp     ave.
C. Boyea     22     107     31     288     13.1
Raquel Fowler     21     80     50     225     10.7
Makayla Fleury     22     67     46     180     8.2
Hannah Cook     22     42     15     102     4.6
Abby Barnes     22     29     18     77     3.5
     3-point goals
Boyea     43     Fowler          15
Indian Lake/Long Lake
Orange (20-2)
Player     gp     fg     ft     tp     ave.
Carli Reynolds     22     xx     xx     438     20.0
Allison Pine     22     xx     xx     201     9.1
3-point goals
Reynolds     21

Snow Day in March

March continues to roar into Long Lake, unpredictable, voracious and wicked. In one week we’ve seen rain, thaw, and two feet of snow.

Winter Wacky Week Highlights

Winter Wonderland Wacky Week has come to a close. From February 20th to February 25th, 2011 the Town of Long Lake offered a variety of fun family activities to get folks outside into our crisp clear mountain air in the middle of winter.

Sunday was the launch of Winter Shorts! with a Casting Meeting. Director Anton Briones and A small, commitment of five days to work on short, short plays culminating in a Friday night performance sponsored by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the arts. Seven actors gathered at the casting meeting and rehearsed every night at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Monday featured an out of town trip for Long Lakers to the Queensbury Rock Climbing Center. Thank you to Hamilton County Prevention Services for providing transportation. Eleven children from Long Lake had an adventurous day braving rock walls, building their confidence, learning a new skill and having a blast.

Tuesday featured the Winter Olympics. Games included, Skating Races, Curling, Obstacle Course, Sledding Tug-O-War, Sledding Races and more. Over 25 participants made the Long Lake Winter Olympics a success and we look forward to adding more competition next season.

Tuesday evening featured a concert by Chris Shaw at the Long Lake Library. Chris, an Adirondack Folk Singer, Storyteller is a great talent and we look forward to his return visit.

Wednesday was Snow Sculpture Day. Lorraine Esposito, from Raquette Lake and Long Island, brought along her magic shovel and spray food coloring water bottles and a vision to create a giant masterpiece out of the snow. Families came out on the most stunning day of the week to create “Champ” the Lake Monster from Lake Champlain. Champ made his way over to Long Lake to eat up the Orbs left over from the E-Lumination installation from January.

Thursday night saw the Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down between The Cellar and The Adirondack Hotel. For $10, 46 judges tried 6 dishes offered by the chefs at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub and The Adirondack Hotel. The Cellar walked away with an overall win, “Best Hors D’Oeuvres in Town” while The Adirondack Hotel’s Portabella Wellington wowed the crowd, splitting the vote and letting the Hotel garner “Best in Show”

Friday featured a “Weather Event” A winter storm arrived in the morning dumping between 8” – 10” of snow wreaking havoc on the roads, but that didn’t stop the Parks and Recreation Department from hosting Hip Hop Dance Class with Anton Briones from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at the Long Lake Town Hall. Participants from Syracuse worked it out and honed their mad dancing skills under Anton’s guidance.

Friday night was the finale for Winter Wacky Wonderland Week featuring Winter Shorts! a 10 minute short-short play festival. The works included “Supreme Beings Create the World” from Parallel Lives by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, “Hold For Three” by Sherry Kramer, “Brights” by David Smillow, “The Philadelphia” by David Ives, “Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller, and “The League of Semi Superheroes” by Val Smith and Bigelow Dixon.

The cast featured Virginia Jennings, Abbie Verner, Camille Nerney, Jason Hall, Mike Nerney, Annalee Pratt, and Yod Crewsy (aka Paul Roalsvig) Directed by Anton Briones from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mt. Lake.

The Town of Long Lake would like to thank our partners for helping launch our 2nd Annual Winter Wacky Wonderland Week including: The CV Memorial Long Lake Library, Hamilton County Prevention Services and Joe SanAntonio, Caleb Davis for offering two X-C ski workshops, Annalee Pratt, Cindy Black, Lorraine Esposito, The Adirondack Hotel, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, The Long Lake Highway Department (for moving snow for sculptures and for clean up on the Kickerville Snowmobile Trail), Jackie and John Heron for letting us procure clean snow from the Blarney Stone parking lot, and a special shout out to the Long Lake Town Board and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for sponsoring a fun family week.

Next year look for workshops, more Winter Olympics and more fun activities. It will always be held Presidents Day Week (the winter break for many NYS Public Schools) If you are interested in hosting a workshop, concert or event please contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for more information.

Sledding and skating are always free at the Long Lake Geiger Arena. For hours call 518-624-3031 and for more information about our area check us out at or call Long Lake Parks and Recreation at 518-624-3077.

Results for Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down

Consistency of scores led to overall “Best Hors D’Oeuvres in Town” victory for The Cellar in the 2nd Annual Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Throw Down. This year’s competition pitted The Cellar against The Adirondack Hotel. The Cellar’s menu included a Crab Hush Puppy with sweet chili sauce, Seared flat iron filet with cauliflower puree and a Roasted eggplant dip served on a pita chip.

Voters digesting at The Cellar

The Adirondack Hotel came home with a win for Best In Show for Best Individual Appetizer, Portabella Wellington with a sherry cream sauce. Other selections included a Tandoori Spiced Lamb Shank with a goat cheese fritter and roasted red pepper ketchup and Southwest Seafood Newburg in a corn tortilla.

Guests from Newcomb NY enjoy their plates at the Adirondack Hotel

For a bargain price of $10 forty six judges were shuttled via the exclusive Town of Long Lake Limo Service also known as the Little Bus to each location. From 6pm – 8pm voters were split up into two groups so each restaurant could handle the traffic while also remaining open for regular dining service.

The bus run had to make several trips to shuttle guests between stops

The scoring was rating system from 1-7. 7 excellent, 5-6 good, 3-4, okay and 1-2 needs improvement. Comments on voter cards ranged from praise: “Awesome, More More more,” “All appetizers were excellent. Would have liked another plate of all!” to more specific critiques including: “Mussels are always a risk.” to “Eggplant. Instead of pita, put on toast points – softer”

Congratulations to our winners! The Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down is part of the Town of Long Lake’s Winter Wonderland Wacky Week during the popular Presidents Way Winter Break. For more information on events in Long Lake check out

The Cellar Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch on the weekends and dinner. Check them out on the web at Phone number 518-624-5539

The Adirondack Hotel is open daily for lunch and dinner. Website is and phone number 518-624-4700.

Winners for Town of Long Lake Winter Wacky Week Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down.

Overall Winner
1st Place
Best Hors D’Oeuvres in Town
The Cellar

2nd Place
The Adirondack Hotel

1st Place Best in Show
Adirondack Hotel
“Portabella Wellington with a sherry cream sauce”

2nd Place Best in Show
The Cellar
“Seared Flat Iron Filet with Cauliflower Puree”

3rd Place Best in Show
Adirondack Hotel
“Tandoori Spiced Lamb Shank with Goat Cheese Fritter and Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup” 234.5

4th Place Best in Show
The Cellar
“Crab Hush Puppy with Sweet Chili Sauce”

5th Place Best in Show
The Cellar
Roasted Eggplant dip served on a Pita Chip

6th Place Best in Show
Adirondack Hotel
“Southwest Seafood Newburg in a Corn Tortilla”

Rules for Adirondack Midwinter Birthday Party

Bonfire in the snow

1. Woodstove for the inside when temp dips to zero point zero
2. Hot Tub Room
3. Appetizer Fire
4. Bonfire in a separate location from appetizer fire
5. Old Jackets to wear at bonfire (in case of sparks)
6. Refresher course “stop drop and roll”
7. Fireworks
8. Good friends with warm boots and long johns
9. Top secret location

That is all.

Long Lake