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Great Adirondack Boat Race of 2019

On Sunday, May 12, 2019 the Men’s rowing teams from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and Union College, Schenectady, NY return to the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1204 Main Street, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY for the inagural event of the upcoming summer season. 
 
The race known as the Annual Great Adirondack Boat Race is tentatively slated to kick off from the Long Lake Town Beach between at 10am weather dependent. The race could start earlier if needed due to weather and wind. 

Announcements on race kick off will be available on www.facebook.com/mylonglakeand the longlakeny twitter feed.  Please note:  start time of the race is subject to change without notice. 
 
The area between Helms Aero Service and the Town Beach Restrooms will be reserved for parking for team trailers and shells starting Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 12th.
 
The event is free. Parking for spectators will be along the NYS Route 30, Main Street on the Jennings Park Pond side of the road with additional spectator parking available at Long Lake Central School. 
 
For more information call the Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism department at 518-624-3077 or check mylonglake.com
 

Dumpster Canoe Stops in Raquette and Long Lake on their way to Maine

This fine Tuesday morning, while indulging in my coffee and the the last of my half and half and taking a moment to look out over the dewy grass and still bare trees, while multi-tasking and keeping up with the news of the day, I happened upon a Facebook post on the Raquette Lake Group page by Deb Evans.  

Photo of the Dumpster Canoe in Raquette Lake, NY by Deb Evans.  

On Monday, May 7th, Deb had met up with the couple traveling to Fort Kent, Maine  in a recycled, dumpster rescued canoe.  The mission was to travel the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  This afternoon while making the rounds to check on water levels of the lake and see what activities were going on in and around the town, I  happened upon Andrew and Kristen resting and regrouping on the Town Beach.  They had embedded themselves in the sand to catch some rays, get some rest and to post images from their their challenging portage around Buttermilk Falls on Facebook.  They were pleased to find the Long Lake Public Restroom and to have access to  the complimentary WIFI at the Long Lake Town Beach.

Andrew and Kristen with their “Dumpster Canoe” on the Long Lake Town Beach. A glorious Blue Sky Day on Tuesday, May 8th and the Black Flies have yet to appear.  So Kristen and Andrew are having a great time!  

Andrew, Kristen and Alexandra Roalsvig, Long Lake, Parks, Recreation & Tourist Director.  Photo by Andrew …. (I’ll have to get his last name!)  

Andrew and Kristen are paddling the 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in their “Dumpster Canoe,”  with a goal of paddling 20 miles a day. Andrew found it in a dumpster and rescued it from it’s debilitated condtion.  The aluminum Sears and Roebuck canoe was bent, had holes and needed some serious TLC to get it river worthy.  Andrew was able to unbend it, and weld a few holes to ensure the boat would navigate the journey.  He finished it up by knocking out some dents and added the final touch, a unique paint job.  Andrew explained he painted Shark Mouths on either end of the canoe, but realized a. he had painted the canoe upside down, and b. he realized when you look at it, the canoe looks like it’s going in the opposite directions. 

For the timetable, Andrew and Kristen had discussed leaving two weeks prior to when they actually set out. With a change in plans and keeping an eye on ice out they started out on Sunday, May 6th and avoided the terrible storms of Friday night.  As far as having navigable waters to paddle, up until the wild storms of Friday night, most lakes still had ice on them. Had they left two weeks ago as originally planned, they wouldn’t have gotten very far.

Kristen gets crackers and cheese

Kristen picks up her cheese and crackers

After a quick chat, they mentioned they wanted to get some snacks.  Andrew was dreaming of sopressata, cheese and crackers, but Northern Borne isn’t open for the season yet, so I happily volunteered and drove Kristen “uptown” to the business district where both Hoss’s and Stewart’s Shops were a bustling.  Kristen was able to pick up cheese, crackers and sausage and enjoy banter with the Stewart’s Shops construction crew, while it undergoes a remodel.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Register in Long Lake is across from the Adirondack Hotel.  The register can be found in Raquette Lake right near the Town Dock

On the return to the beach we stopped off at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail register, located across from the Adirondack Hotel. 

Andrew has planned this trip for 12 years and when he met Kristen, now his fiancé, she admitted prior to leaving on this ambitious trip, she had only paddled two times before they set out.  Andrew and Kristen will post updates on their Facebook Page when they have access to wifi or cell service.  

A great pleasure to meet them and we wish them well on this epic adventure! 

Men’s Rowing Race Slated on Mother’s Day Long Lake SLU vs. Union College

Men’s Rowing Race in Long Lake, NY

On Sunday, May 14th, 2017, Mother’s Day, the men’s rowing teams from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and Union College, Schenectady, NY meet for a match at the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1204 Main Street, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.

The race is tentatively slated to kick off from the Long Lake Town Beach between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. weather dependent. The race could kick off as early as 6 a.m. if needed due to weather and wind. Announcements on race kick off will be available on www.facebook.com/mylonglake and the longlakeny twitter feed @longlakeny . Please note: the start time of the race is subject to change without notice.

 

The area between Helms Aero Service and the Town Beach Restrooms will be reserved for parking for team trailers and shells starting Friday, May 12th through Sunday, May 14th.

The event is free. Parking for spectators will be along the NYS Route 30, Main Street on the Jennings Park Pond side of the road with additional spectator parking available at Long Lake Central School.

Pastries and coffee will be sold on the beach by the ADK Trading Post to spectators.

There is no race course or finish line set until this weekend. The coaches will assess the best location for the race and determine start and finish at that time. Teams will practice on Saturday.

The race slated for Long Lake, NY came at the suggestion of St. Lawrence University sophomore, Henry Sandiford, a 2015 Long Lake Central School graduate. Henry and his coach hatched the idea hoping there would be time in the spring to host this event in Long Lake, NY. Henry contacted the Town of Long Lake’s Parks and Recreation Department to check on the viability of staging this event. The Director of Parks & Recreation, Alexandra Roalsvig, happens to be Sandiford’s aunt and an alum of Union College and jumped at the opportunity to offer the Long Lake Beach as a staging ground for this historic event. This is the first year for this race to be held on Long Lake, NY.

The Long Lake, NY beach location is mid-point for the teams. Many alumni and parents from both institiutions live in the surrounding communities and school spirit for both sides will be evident.

For more information call the Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism department at 518-624-3077 or check mylonglake.com

 

Ice is Out, Fishing Is Here

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Ice went out on Long Lake, NY on Sunday, April 27th. Other waters in and the around the area are finally opening and accessible to fishermen. Spring fishing is open. Link to the NYS DEC website for the most updated regulations.

Special Hamilton County Fishing Regulations

Statewide Angling Regulations

Bait and Tackle are available at Hoss’s Country Corner
and
Adk Trading Post

Don’t forget your boat!

Visit their website: Long Lake Marina
Visit their website: Bird’s Marina
Visit their website: Burke’s Marina

Ice Out, Fish On: Adirondack Fishing, Long Lake NY

Fishing is a year round sport in the Adirondacks and both Long Lake and Raquette Lake should be included on your Adirondack fishing destination list for 2016. In 2009 the largest Brook Trout in New York State was caught in Raquette Lake and we’re pretty sure there are more where that came from.

Fishing the waters of Long Lake and Raquette Lake is fishing in pristine surroundings. It’s fishing in solitude. It’s fishing in a place where heritage strains of trout are still found in the hidden depths of some of our bodies of water.

Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River and is 14 miles long, a size of about 3904 Acres. The Mean Depth is 13 feet and an average depth of Long Lake ranges from 15-28 feet and at it’s deepest it boasts a depth of over 40 feet at a hole located at the north end of Long Lake, but if you don’t know where it is, you’ll have to come up and ask a local, because everyone likes to keep their favorite fishing spots a secret.

Long Lake is home to Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Perch and Brook Trout.

Raquette Lake boasts over 100 miles of shoreline with lots of bays and nooks and crannies to find a spot to drop a line. The lake is the second largest natural lake in the Adirondacks and is approximately six miles long, with a maximum depth of just under 100 feet. It is also the source of the Raquette River.

Raquette Lake is home to the following species of fish brook trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, landlocked salmon, northern pike, chain pickerel, perch and bullhead. This lake is stocked yearly with lake trout and brook trout.

Freshwater fishing trips can be a great way to enjoy the abundance of lakes, rivers and streams of the Long Lake, NY region. Long Lake is located in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, two-hours north of Albany, three hours south of Montreal and a days drive from New York City or Western New York.

Planning ahead is always a good idea. Pick up fishing gear at area stores, in Long Lake Hoss’s Country Corner is located at the intersection of NYS Route 30 and 28N and the ADK Trading Post will offer live bait, lures, and a wide variety of fishing equipment for the whole family. Not to mention bug dope. Yes, it’s true, we’re not saying it’s super fun to be here during the height of bug season (which doesn’t arrive until Mid to late May and ends mid-June, depending on the season) but we are saying it requires a certain amount of fortitude to withstand the critters, so arriving during early Trout Season which opens April 1st, is always a good idea. We say beat the bugs! Or Don’t fear the bugs. They aren’t as bad as the Green Heads that attack on the Jersey Shore (just sayin’)

Fishing Licenses can be purchased at at Hoss’s Country Corner. Call 518-624-2481 for hours.

Spring Fishing in the Adirondacks and Long Lake and Raquette Lake is always a terrific time to get out on the water. The crowds are light and the private fishing areas are plentiful and blissfully serene. Many area ponds, lakes and streams are stocked with fish.

For a boat rental contact Long Lake Marina, call ahead. The ice is out early this season, but if you are looking for a smallish water craft, call and they will arrange to put one in the water for you. If it’s one thing we have up here in the spring, it’s good customer service, you’ll get the attention you need and all your questions answered. www.longlakemarina.com at 518-624-2266 or in Raquette Lake, www.birdsboats.com Bird’s Marina 315-354-4441 or Burke’s Marina www.burkesmarinainc.com at 315-354-4623

Fishing is an unsurpassed Adirondack outdoor recreational activity for all ages. Kids under the age of 16 don’t need a fishing license. New York fishing licenses for those over the age of 16 are currently $29 annually for New York residents. Residents over the age of 70 pay just $5 annually. If you are out of state, the rates are a bit higher, call our local licensing office or check out NYS DEC website.

Long Lake and Raquette Lake offer unique boat access rental properties, motels, hotels, cottages and cabins on the lake which are ideal for a fishing expedition. For information about cabins or cottages on Long Lake or check out what’s available on the Raquette Lake Lodging page at Raquette Lake Lodging and for great Long Lake accommodations check out Long Lake Lodging

Lots of fishing regulations for Long Lake and Raquette Lake are listed here. We’ve pulled the most relevant fishing information for our area. Of note: Long Lake and Raquette Lake are located in Hamilton County, NY. Be sure to get a fishing license, fishing regulations booklet and get geared up for a great Adirondack Adventure.

Link to Info on Long Lake Fishing Regulations

Fishing Derbies in 2016
June 4, 2016 Kid’s Fishing Derby sponsored by the Long Lake Fish & Game Club, June 2, 2012 Registration 9:30am across from the Town Beach. Prizes galore and kids fish on a stocked pond.

June 18, 2016 Bass Derby Opening Day, Town Beach, Long Lake. Registration 6:30am. $25 per person. Cash Prizes.

July 9, 2016 Long Lake Bass Derby sponsored by the LL Fish and Game Club. $85 per boat. Registration information email long.lake.fish.game.club@gmail.com or call 518-624-2145

July 23, 2016 Raquette Lake Bass Derby sponsored by the RL Fish and Game Club. $110 per boat. Cash prizes for weight and lunker. 150 registrations max. Breakfast served and first boat launches at 6:30am. No fishing for contestants starting Wednesday before the derby.

The great sport of Adirondack Fishing is ON for family vacations, outdoor recreation and fun. Send us your photos! We’d love to see them!

Please note: LIVE BAIT IS NOT ALLOWED IN LITTLE TUPPER LAKE in the Whitney Wilderness and a Catch and Release policy protects these waters. Please educate yourself on the NYS Catch and Release programs and protect our waters.

Baitfish Regulations for Purchased Baitfish and Green List Baitfish

The following baitfish are the only species that can be purchased and used in any water body in New York where it is legal to use fish as bait. These baitfish are commonly used throughout New York and are not considered to be a threat to other native New York fish species (except for trout in waters where baitfish use is prohibited). Limiting the use of baitfish to the Green List will help prevent the accidental introduction of unwanted species.
• Golden shiner
• Northern redbelly dace
• Emerald shiner
• Blacknose dace
• Common shiner
• Longnose dace
• Spottail shiner
• White sucker
• Banded killifish
• Northern hogsucker
• Fathead minnow
• Creek chub
• Bluntnose minnow
• Fallfish
• Logperch
• Eastern silvery minnow
Use, Possession and Transportation of Purchased Baitfish
Certified Baitfish
Certified baitfish are those that have been tested and found to be free of specified diseases. Use of certified baitfish helps prevent the spread of fish diseases. Certified baitfish purchased from a bait dealer can be transported overland in a motorized vehicle and used on any body of water where it is legal to do so.
For baitfish to be considered certified, the seller must provide a receipt that contains:
• the seller’s name,
• date of sale,
• the species of fish, and
• the number of each species sold.
The buyer must retain that receipt while in possession of the baitfish. Baitfish without a receipt or with a receipt that is older than 10 days shall be considered uncertified bait.

If You Catch a Large Fish
Each year, New York anglers catch a number of trophy-sized fish. If you catch a really big fish, DEC wants to hear about it. You may qualify for an award in our Angler Achievement Awards Program. The program recognizes exceptional catches in several categories: annual award, catch and release, and state record.
An angler whose fish breaks the current state record receives a custom engraved plaque, an Angler Achievement Award lapel pin, and a Certificate of Achievement.
To participate in New York State’s Angler Achievement Awards Program, simply follow these guidelines:
• Fish must be taken by angling in New York State waters in accordance with New York State fishing regulations.
• Fish must meet the minimum qualifying weight or length for that species and the entered category.
• Fish entered in the Annual Award and State Record categories must be weighed on a certified scale by the owner of the scale or an employee, and must be witnessed by at least one other person.
• Fish submitted as a potential State Record entry must be identified by a DEC biologist or a designee.
• Qualifying fish must be entered on an official entry form or facsimile.
• All entries must be accompanied by a clear, sideview photograph of the fish or the angler with the fish.
• Entry forms must be received by DEC’s Bureau of Fisheries within 30 days of the catch.
NYSDEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4753.

Entry forms are available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7727.html
Some information provided here was collected from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation online resource.

The Hundred Year Flood

Check out the view from the porch of the Adirondack Hotel. While we clearly are laughing it up, it is not lost on any of us the damage the flood waters have caused. Our thoughts go out to all the property owners of Long Lake. It’s only April 28th. We have plenty of time to dry out. Long time resident of 93 years has never seen the water this high.

 

The Long Lake 100 Year Flood


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

Long Lake Summer 2010 World Premiere Video

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Click, play watch and enjoy and if you want to be the next one in it for 2011… guess you’ll have to come up and be in it next summer in Long Lake, NY!

Over 100 paddlers compete in Long Lake Long Boat Regatta

Paddlers Meeting

Competitors Gather at Long Lake Beach Front

Coveted Trophies for Long Lake Regatta

LONG LAKE – Thirty four boats participated in this Saturday’s Long Lake Long Boat Regatta, which featured a variety of races including the North American War Canoe Championships, The New York State Collegiate C-4 championships and the Adirondack Kayak Championships.

In the college championships, The SUNY POTSDAM Bears took first place in the 10-mile race on Long Lake with a time of 1:33: 22, Hamilton College’s Meat Stick was second in 1:35: 22, and Paul Smith’s College’s River Cats placed third in 1:36:48. In the North American Voyageur Canoe Championships, “Dog Breath” a team of NYMCRA Marathon Paddler’s captained by Alec Davis, repeated as champions with a time of 2:02:57. Second went to “Team MAC” captained by Paul Smiths resident Brian McDonnell in 2:16:26 and third went to Team Campmor captained by Russell Rayot in 2: 19:18.

The 15 mile C-4 Championship was won by “Team Yarnell” of Alburgh, Vermont 2:20:57, followed closely by Watson’s Warriors in 2:21: 17.

The regatta also featured several 10-mile races for guideboats, canoes and kayaks.

In the Guideboat competition, Gerhardt Munger of Lowville finished first in 1:41:38, follwed by John Marona of Lake Clear in 1:55:50 and father and son team John and Dalton Homer of Harrisville in 2:28:59. John Homer will be on his way to serve his country in Afghanistan in October. all of his paddling friends wish him well.

In the C-2 Stock races, Lake Clear resident Chas Billingsley, and former Saranac Lake resident Sandy Waters took first in the mixed class with a time of 1:48:17. In the men’s race Mike Skivington and Glen Vandewinckel of Scottsville and Webster, teamed up to take first in 1:35:08.

The 2010 Adirondack Kayak Championship winners in the 10 mile Touring Kayak division were Roger Gocking of Saranac Lake finishing in 1:27:48 and Mary Kelly of Rensselaer finishing in 1:54:24. The 2010 Unlimited Class Champion is Dave Wiltey of Johnstown turning in a time of 1:29:21.

The fastest time of the day for the 10 mile events was achieved by Doug Roode and Mike Finear of Rochester. The pair won the Adirondack Two Person Kayak Chamionship by paddling the course in 1:21:46.

All participants enjoyed barbeque served up by the Long Lake Lions on the Long Lake Town Beach. Race Headquarters was the Adirondack Hotel.

The Long Boat Regatta is the final event of the season organized by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Sponsors for the event included Long Lake Recreation, The Central Adirondack Association, Wenonah Canoes, Campmor, Byrne Dairy and MAC’S Canoe Livery. For complete results and more information about the AWA, visit www.macscanoe.com.

Paddlers gather at the start line

1st Wave 2nd Day 90 Miler

The second day of the 90 Miler, Adirondack Canoe Classic, a three day paddle race stretching from Old Forge to Saranac Lake launched from Endion in Long Lake on September 11, 2010. The fog impeded the start for only a brief delay. Over 250 registered for the race and with 12 waves launching, the paddlers along with DEC spotter boats, Parks and Recreation Safety Boats, pit stop boats, and flotation devices and crisp sunny September morning headed north to “The Crusher” in Tupper Lake.

First Wave Travels North just having traveled under the Long Lake Bridge

Boats classes include: Open touring, solo guideboats, tandem guideboats, Voyageur Canoes, C-2, C-1, C-4. Women, men, families, kayakers, college students and even a crew from Barton and LaGuidice Engineering participated.

First Wave Thru Seward Mountains in the Background

Long Lake