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A Long Lake Guideboat Comes Home

Colleen Smith, a Long Lake resident recently re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake, NY in July of 2019 after acquiring the boat originally built by her grandfather George W. Smith in Long Lake, NY in the early 1900’s.
 
Gordon Fisher of Long Lake, spotted a listing for the boat in a magazine and recognized it as being a Long Lake Guideboat, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about possibly brokering the vessel on behalf of the owner who was living on Lake Champlain where the boat had been in their family since the 1950’s. Bunny turned the brokering of the boat over to his nephew, boat builder, Keith Austin.  While Keith took on the boat with plans to sell it, his wife, Debbie Austin was re-caning the original seats when she spotted the cursive signature Geo W. Smith inscribed on the frames of all three of the seats.

The boat was likely built around 1907 around the time that George W. Smith was operating a boat building shop on North Point Road in Long Lake, NY. A mutual friend knew of Colleen’s connection as the granddaughter of Long Lake guideboat builder George W. Smith and mentioned the boat had recently been listed for sale.  Colleen jumped at the opportunity to purchase the boat and return it to the waters of Long Lake. 
 
Colleen was able to purchase the boat in 2018 and launch it at Endion on July 19th, 2019. Three generations of Smith’s were on hand to witness the soaking and launching of the watercraft.  Long Lake native Gail Emerson was also on deck offering assistance. Gail’s grandfather Wallace Emerson was a contemporary of George W. Smith and the two granddaughters stood proudly side by side on the shores of Long Lake for the historic re-launch.
 
From “The Raquette, River of the Forest,” by Charles W. Bryan, Jr. 1964. “Long Lake should be famous in Adirondack history of its association with that remarkable light craft known as the “Adirondack guide boat.”  It is not to be doubted that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the craft”
 
 
 

written & photo by Alexandra Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism for the Town of Long Lake (unless otherwise noted) 

Memphis Collegian, Casey Lemieux and-Colleen Smith return George W. Smith’s original Adirondack Guideboat to the shores of Long Lake | Photo by Molly Irvine

Colleen Smith and Gail Emerson, granddaughters of boat builders Smith and Wallace Emerson 

5 Updates for Long Lake & Raquette Lake you don’t want to miss!

Pick up your own copy of this month’s Adirondack Life, featuring Long Lake’s “Long View Lodge” lodging property and restaurant.  

We had to add one more listing to this post for Tuesday, June 18th.  The Raquette Lake Mudsliders and the Long Lake Hooters, Ladies Softball battle.  We like to say one town, two Hamlets.  Who will achieve the glory?

Celebrating the 4th In Long Lake & Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake celebrates the fourth with a breath-taking fireworks display from the barge in the middle of the lake.  This display can be seen from town, the boat, and all around camps and lodgings on the lake.  

For fun eats check out Tony Harper’s Pizza and Clam Shack, now open for the season, the Tap Room and the W.W. Durant.  

RL Navigation has a special 4th of July dinner menu with boarding at 4:30pm and cruising from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  Call 315.354.4581 for reservations!

If you want a great view of the fireworks, board the Durant at 9:30pm for $2 for the best view of the fireworks, happening at 9:45pm.  

The temps look to be hot to get yourself in the lake.  Boat rentals available from Burke’s Marine and Bird’s Marina.  Be sure to get yourself the best seat on the lake!  

Join the Town of Long Lake in celebrating the Fourth of July with our annual celebration festivities.  The day is full of family friendly activities starting with the Fourth of July games in the morning, food, snacks, swimming and fun in the afternoon and a free concert with Grit n Grace. End the night with the best fireworks showcase in the Adirondacks.
 
From 10 a.m until Noon, join us at the Long Lake Town Ball Field for games for all ages.  Classic favorites include a relay for the youngest, as well as balloon races, sack races, egg toss and a three-legged race.  Children will have a great time competing for prizes and, with over 1,000 prizes to choose from, children will want to join in the activities again and again.  Games for the youngest set, five and under start promptly at 10 a.m. with a scavenger hunt and a fun relay.  Games for the older set start immediately following and include everything from sack races, three-legged races, hula hoop competition and the venerable egg toss. Everyone goes home a winner.
 
Starting at 4pm the fun continues at the Long Lake Town Beach.  Support the Long Lake Fire Department and enjoy a feast of sausage and peppers, and hot dogs.   Penelope the Clown returns to the Town Beach Gazebo and will be doing face painting and balloon animals all for free! For dessert on some kettle corn from North Country Kettle Corn!
 
Finish out the evening dancing until dark with live music from country band Grit n Grace, from central NY, starting at 6:30 p.m. Their blend of modern country, rock, hits and dance music will have everyone celebrating. The evening concluded with the best fireworks in the Adirondacks at dusk.  Fireworks can be seen from the beach, boat, or the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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! 

2018 Best Of The Adirondacks in Raquette Lake and Long Lake!

The Adirondack.net voters have spoken and events and businesses in Long Lake and Raquette Lake have been chosen as some of the top five businesses in their category or categories for 2018. See all the winners here to see how our local businesses stacked up against the Adirondack competitors. Congratulations to the Long Lake and Raquette Lake events and businesses making the cut!  

For a complete list of winners click here

Best Winter Carnival: 5th. Long Lake Winter Carnival

Best Tours & Guides: 3. Raquette Lake Navigation

Raquette Lake Navigation Best Tour

 

 

Best Food & Drink Western Region: 4. Adirondack Hotel

Motel Long Lake Voted 2nd Best Lodging Cabins and Cottages

Best Annual Event: 4. Durant Days

Celebrate the birthplace of Great Camp Architecture in Raquette Lake during Durant Days August 3-5, 2018

 

  

Epik Rex Welcomes the First Day of Spring

Epik Rex loves to spend time in Long Lake.  He was out on the first day of spring, which was definitely more wintry than springy.  Epik was found at Hoss’s Country Campground riding around on a 4-Wheeler provided by Heckman’s Engines.  Epik was determined to have a good time and he did, but he got stuck behind the Long Lake Town Offices near the Buttercup Steamboat.  But he wasn’t sad for long once he spots two nice children who were waving to him.  He made his way home back to his hiding spot at the end of the day.  

Welcome Spring to Long Lake NY.

Happenings around town!  

Stewart’s Shops is expanding in Long Lake, NY!  The store is under construction and it remains OPEN!  But look for more room in the aisles, renovated shopping space and an additional restroom too.  

Even though it’s spring, the snowmobile trails are still open and in great condition so riders are encouraged to trailer to their favorite spot.  The Newcomb Trail and the Kickerville Road to C7B towards Tupper Trail is wide, flat and groomed. Great riding.  Lake Eaton is also great.  Trails in Raquette Lake are great too.  Some plowing on Uncas, but there are some great flat spots.  Check out the Bug Lake Trail and the Dump Road Too.  

Aquatic Invasives Harvested in Long Lake

Aquatic Invasive Plants to be Hand Harvested from Long Lake throughout the Summer of 2017:

Variable-leaf milfoil will be removed from Long Lake by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSCAWI) with funds awarded to PSCAWI by the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

PSCAWI will utilize a five-person control team consisting of four divers and one top-water support person.  The divers will remove the milfoil by hand using proven techniques developed by PSCAWI over the last 15 years.  The Long Lake Association (LLA), in collaboration with the Town of Long Lake staff, will bring the harvested milfoil to the Long Lake Transfer Station for composting.  Pending approval of a permit by the APA, removal will begin on July 10th and will continue for about ten weeks.  The control team will return again for ten more weeks in 2018 to complete removal.

Our goal is to eradicate this species from Long Lake and to have the lake declared free of aquatic invasive species.  By definition, a species is considered eradicated if it is not observed for three years after control ends.  Since it is unlikely that we will eradicate variable-leaf milfoil from Long Lake in two years, the LLA has committed to seek funds through grants, fund-raising, and support from the Town of Long Lake to continue the control program in later years.

Variable-leaf milfoil was first reported in Long Lake in 2006.  This aquatic plant is usually very invasive and as such is ranked very high by New York State as a threat to waterbodies.  Variable-leaf milfoil typically forms dense beds that broach the surface, preventing use and enjoyment of large areas of lakes invaded by this species (as is the case in the Fulton Chain and Raquette Lake).  Fortunately, though variable-leaf milfoil has been present in Long Lake for at least 11 years, it is not a dominant species nor has it established any beds.  We believe this lack of invasive behavior is partly explained by the large fluctuations in water level in Long Lake that provides a natural means to control this species.

When you are out on the lake this summer, please be on the lookout for diver down flags and stay at least 300 feet away to protect the divers.  You are more than welcome to stop and observe the control team in action.

For more information and contact information, check out the Long Lake Association website at www.longlakeassociation.org

Town Dock Long Lake NY Temporary Location

Look for the Mountain Times at area businesses.  This newspaper features event information for the month of July in both Long Lake & Raquette Lake.  Look for highlights of upcoming concerts sponsored by the Friends of Music in Long Lake, St. Williams on Long Point in Raquette Lake.  Events including the Waterski Show coming up on Saturday, July 15th and the new concert series in Long Lake, Music By The Lake which kicks off on Tuesday, July 4th with Syracuse modern country band, Grit N Grace, followed up with Alex Smith, Friday, July 7th at 6pm and The Dark Marbles, Friday, July 14th at 6pm.  

Also look for Tuesday Night soccer, 6pm – 8pm with Coach  Jim Piraino at the LL Ballfield for 7th graders and up starting on Tuesday, July 18th and Kids Soccer Skill building for Elementary students, start on  Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30pm.

Due to unusually high water levels on Long Lake, NY the public Town Dock is temporarily located at the Town Beach, 1258 Main Street.  This dock is available with free boat parking for 6 hours. When water levels return to summer levels, look for the town dock to be moved back to it’s location next to Wide River Antiques and the Long Lake Marina.  

Good news, weather outlook for the 4th of July looks clear! 

The Long Lake Town Beach is open daily from 10am – 6pm.  Stop by the beach to sign up for swimming lessons with instructor Chelsea Larkin. Swimming lessons are free!  

July Mountain Times

 

Link to the Long Lake / Raquette Lake Monthly Calendar 

Monthly Calendar Web Page

 

Youth Center Schedule Announced

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department announces the Youth Center line up for summer 2016. The Youth Center will be open 7pm – 9pm at the Geiger Arena/Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center located at 6 Pavilion Way, off of Deerland Road and South Hill Road. Days of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s until August 10th. Ages 10 and up are welcome to attend. Children 9 and under need a designated caregiver or parent to accompany them.

Wednesday, July 6:

Youth Center 2016

Youth Center 2016

Movie Night & Pizza Night
Thursday, July 7: Craft Night
Tuesday, July 12: Game Night
Wed, July 13th: Free Chill Night & Basketball with Tim Helms
Thurs, July 14: Tie Dye Night
Tues, July 19th: Feeling Long Lake Kids Day 12pm – 4pm, Long Lake Ball Field. ** Special Event
Wed, July 20th: Sidewalk Painting and Drawing Night & Basketball with Tim Helms
Thursday, July 21: Bonfire Night
Tuesday, July 26: Water Fun Night
Wednesday, July 27th: Art Class with Louisa Wright of Incapahco Art Song Studio
Thursday, July 28: Picnic at the Beach
August 2: Harry Potter Night
August 3: Swim Races at Beach 10am ** Special Event
August 4: Yard Game Night
August 9: Movie Night
August 10th: Farewell Bash
August 11: Float Night at the Beach 5pm ** Special Event

Monday Night Soccer with Jim Piraino starts on Monday, July 11th at 6pm at the Long Lake Ball Field. Ages 7th grade and up are invited to participate.

Look for special Basketball Nights, Wednesday July 13th and July 20th with Coach Tim Helms. Hone your skills. For ages 10 and up! Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area

Long Lake 4th of July Schedule

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LONG LAKE, NY 4TH OF JULY SCHEDULE, 2016

10am – Kids Games on Ball Field
1pm – Fire Department hosts a BBQ on the Beach until they run out. Support our local Fire Department
1:30pm – Bed Race Safety Meeting and Final Registration at the Bridge.
2pm – Bed Races with MC Peter Michael Marino, Bridge to the Beach
4pm – Penelope the Clown at the Gazebo on the Beach. Face painting and balloons for the little ones!
6pm – Bad Chaperones in Concert
DUSK – FIREWORKS IN LONG LAKE AND IN RAQUETTE LAKE

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