Snowmobile

New Years Weekend is Here!

It’s snowing, it’s snowing! Winter has arrived!

Long Lake and Raquette Lake boasting over 70 miles of snowmobile trails. Conditions are good in Raquette Lake. Long Lake has opened and reports fair conditions. All trails have been cleared of debris, but use caution, wind and blowing snow tend to invite hidden hazards in the trail. Call 624.3077 if you see any!

Snowmobiliers on Uncas Road in Raquette Lake

Snowmobiliers on Uncas Road in Raquette Lake

For updated trail conditions check out this link.

For Long Lake Raquette Lake Trail Conditions Bookmark this page. It is updated as trail conditions change. Long Lake Raquette Lake Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Other goings on in Long Lake and Raquette Lake for December 30th – Jan 2nd.

Long Lake Geiger Ice Skating Rink is open daily from 1pm – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm. Offers free ice skating and sledding hill and warm up shack. 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake, NY 12847 518.624.3031

NEW YEARS EVE

Celebrate New Years Eve in Long Lake NY!

Celebrate New Years Eve in Long Lake NY!

Adirondack Hotel & Long Lake Diner both offering delicious meal options.

Long Lake Diner New Years Eve Menu

Long Lake Diner New Years Eve Menu

Adirondack Hotel New Years Eve Menu

Adirondack Hotel New Years Eve Menu

Look for Nelson Rock to be performing at the Adirondack Hotel! It’s a footstomping good time. Danceable, classic and fun!

Long Lake Little Bus is Running. Program your phone 518.323.5001. Free Transportation within the Town of Long Lake

Ice Fishing is on! Hoss’s Country Corner has LIVE BAIT!

Searching for a unique weekend destination by snowmobile or car? Check out Raquette Lake Navigation Winter Boat – now open!

X-C Ski fanatic? Check out rentals at the Adk Trading Post.

Looking from some craft brew? Stop in at the Adirondack Growl & Grub located behind Hoss’s. Offering great subs, salads and a fine selection of brew and cider. Growlers to go too!

Looking for Gas? There’s one game in town Stewart’s Shops intersection of Route 30 & 28N.

Lodging Available at the
Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700
Shamrock Motel & Cottages 518.624.3861

Snowmobile Trail Update on RL Canoe Carry

Snowmobile Riders traveling between Raquette Lake and Forked Lake to Long Lake are being asked to use the existing designated snowmobile trail connection marked with red markers and directional signs to exit Raquette Lake to North Point Road. The canoe carry south of North Point Road is closed to snowmobiles.

Please see the map and photos so you know what you will be looking for. Thank you to Hamilton County Highway for cutting back the banks along North Point Road. Sleds can then access the canoe carry from North Point Road to connect to Forked Lake.

Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Snowmobile Connection

Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Snowmobile Connection

Wooded trail connecting Raquette Lake to North Point Road.

Wooded trail connecting Raquette Lake to North Point Road.

Sign directing sledsfrom  Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Connector

Sign directing sledsfrom Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Connector

Best Snowmobile Conditions of the Year

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With over a foot of snow falling in Long Lake & Raquette Lake this week, we can honestly boast we have the best snowmobile conditions of the year. All trails are being groomed and prepped for heavy weekend travel to keep the trails as flat and rideable as we can. Use caution around the groomers. Look for banks cut on all roads leading to town including North Point, Kickerville, Dock Road, Tarbell and Sabattis. We’ve heard the good word that the tracks are in great condition, finally, the first time we’ve heard that all season!

Here’s the map.

What else is going on this weekend?

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PLENTY!
The Puppet People Performance & Showcase
10am at the Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake
Join “The Puppet People” as they bring Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” to life with
enchanting puppets. For young & old alike. Following performance “The Puppet People” will be leading a workshop to
make a rod puppet.
Performance & workshop, free to the public

Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, St. Patricks Day Dinner for the Veteran’s
Corned Beef & Cabbage/ Chicken & Bow Ties
Social Hour at 5:30pm – Cash Bar.
Dinner Buffet at 6:30pm, with dessert, coffee, and tea.
$18.95/person, includes tax and gratuity.
50/50 Raffle
All reservations or takeout orders appreciated by March 11th. Call Jim or Paula 624-3941(Diner) or 624-6317(home).
$2 or every dinner and raffle profit to benefit a veteran’s cause.

Newlywed Game at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
$55 a couple includes a four-course meal and tax and tip! Participant registration at 5:30pm. Reservations required by March 9th. All couples welcome to play, married or not!

Wine Tasting at the Adirondack Hotel
The Adirondack Hotel Wine tasting with Chef Christian Ives & his wife Kristina Randazzo Ives of Coyote Moon Vineyards Clayton, New York. Wine will be paired with appetizers by our Chef Darren Linck. Starting at 7pm.

Snowmobile Season Winds Down

After unexpected early spring snowfall Long Lake and Raquette Lake enjoyed some unanticipated, but awesome extra weekends of snowmobiling. The Town of Long Lake wants to say a huge thank you to our visiting snowmobilers. Thank you for riding the trails, giving us feedback and visiting us this winter. We are very appreciative to have all of the riders and families discover our trails and our little towns. Do us a favor, next year, book in Long Lake and Raquette Lake and launch your expedition from here! We’re thrilled to have you, we appreciate your business and we’ll see you soon!

Thanks to Wayne in Raquette, Seth & Chad in Long Lake. Also a big shout out to the Long Lake Highway Crew for helping cut back the banks on North Point and Sabattis and Kickerville Roads this season. Also a shout out to Hamilton County Highway for keeping the roads open, leaving rideable banks and being so helpful and keeping the lines of communication open.

This is the last week of riding, the gates are still open. Some grooming will be continuing. Expecting some warmer temperatures this week.

Again.. THANK YOU to EVERYONE for riding our 70 miles of trails connecting Long Lake and Raquette Lake to our surrounding communities. Ride Safe and come back again!

Community Connector in Raquette Lake Opens

A 12.8 mile multiple use trail, named the 7th Lake Mountain trail, connecting the communities of Raquette Lake and Inlet through the Moose River Plains Wild Forest in Hamilton County is now open for public use. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

Snowmobile Trail Signage has been posted

The trail will provide four seasons of recreational opportunities for the public to snowmobile, hike and bike in Hamilton County. The trail connects the community of Raquette Lake in the Town of Long Lake to the towns of Indian Lake and Inlet. The new trail is joined with the current Moose River Plains Wild Forest trail system which is the center of trail system that connects to Newcomb in Essex County and Old Forge in Herkimer County.

The construction of this new multiple-use trail was approved in the 2011 Moose River Plain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan and constructed pursuant to the “Management Guidance: Snwomobile Trail Construction and Maintenance on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park”

Ok – that’s the official word. So what really happened?

Well that’s a long story.

So here are some pictures of the ribbon cutting and a link to the map.

Riders ready to roll

Officials including Assemblyman Marc Butler were on site for the ribbon cutting. This new trail will allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy all that this rich natural resource has to offer. This was truly a cooperative effort along with the DEC, the townships, the State Snowmobile Association and the Student Conservation Assocation and it is gratifying to see such a wonderful result” said Assemblyman Marc Butler

Inlet Barnstormers had a great turnout for the ribbon cutting

Map of the new Moose River Plains Community Connector Trail

Long Lake Councilman Dean Pohl and Town Supervisor, Clark Seaman waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

This trail starts on Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake and travels south for 12.8 miles into the plains. It’s a narrow trail, with lots of twists and turns and ups and downs.

The trail is 9 feet wide and starts on Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake.

It is recommended for experienced riders and not for speed. It’s a beautiful trail with access to some incredible scenery and forest. But did I mention, it’s not made for speed? Not all of the bridges have been installed yet, and is more work pending.

Interesting Fact: The Adirondacks is the most heavily traveled snowmobile region in New York garnering over 20% of the snowmobile economy of the state.

DEC crews from Regions 5 and Region 6 with assistance form the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program, the towns of Long Lake, Inlet and Indian Lake, NYSSA and local volunteers worked tirelessly over the past six months to construct what is the most significant trail project to be undertaken in the Central Adirondacks in decades.

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan approved the construction of the 12.8 mile community connection trail and the closure of the 46 miles of snowmobile trails which existed in the more remote areas of this Wild Forest Unit. In addition, 15,000 acres of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest lands were reclassified as Wilderness.

A map of the trail may be viewed and downloaded here: Moose River Map

Thanks for the trail! We will enjoy it. Be safe.

Poker Run and Fishing Derby

Plenty of activities in the Long Lake area February 8th and 9th. Visitors and residents in the area can enjoy an Ice Fishing Derby and a Poker Run.

The Long Lake Moonlighter’s invite you to participate in the Annual Poker run spanning three communities from February 8th to February 9th. Cards will be available on Friday, February 8th at the open of business at the Raquette Lake Tap Room or the Newcomb House. It is $10 per person and players must be 18 or over to enter. Players pick up a card and receive a stamp at each location. Upon completion of the run, players check into the Adirondack Hotel on Saturday, February 9th by 5pm. Players are dealt the number of cards corresponding with the number of stamps they collect. Player with the best hand wins. Travel by car, boat, bus, airplane or snowmobile. Snowmobile trails will be ready to go. For more information or a map contact 518-624-3077 or visit mylonglake.com

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club will be hosting an Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. Registration is $25 per person at 6am at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847. Fish for Land-locked Salmon and Trout. Live Weigh in will be at the Lake Eaton Beach area. Lines in at 7am and derby ends at 3pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing benefiting the LL Fish and Game Club and cash prizes. Participants must have a valid NYS Fishing License.

Long Lake Winter Carnival Wrap Up

The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held on January 19, 2013. Jim and Paula Piraino were crowned King and Queen by Harry Buxton, Moonlighter’s Secretary and Treasurer. Jim and Paula own the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and have been instrumental from the inception of Long Lake Winter Carnival in making it the success it is today. Jim and Paula volunteer for many of the days events coordinating efforts for all the teams and working closely with the Town of Long Lake to make the day go smoothly.

Events kicked off with Cardboard Sled races. Winners of the 12 and Under Category were Lillian Dechene and Karlee Rockstroch with Return of the Dragon. Winner of the Adult Category was Daddy’s Folly with driver Bob Lewin, holding his title for a third year in a row.

Best in Show was awarded to Lightning McQueen, 2nd to Keller’s Kruzer and the crowd favortie, a replica of the Helms Seaplane made by James Waite which came in 3rd.

Half Court Basketball shot went to Curtis Seaman.

Pictured Jamin Piraino with the basketball, Curtis Seaman in the bg.

Winners of the Ladies Frying Pan Toss. First, Kristie Lance with 59 feet 4 inches, Second to Hillarie Logan-Dechene with 59 feet three inches and third to Jess Plumley with 59 feet two inches.

Seven teams played the Broomball tournament with the first place winners the Sock Monkeys with Kodee, Brittney, Chey, Ruth and Dave Olbert beating the Long Lake Fire Department.

Fireworks rounded out the day.

The bonfire was started and maintained by Long Lake residents and volunteers, Tom and Michelle Donnelly.

Food was served all day by the Long Lake Fire Department. Raffles were sold for an ipad mini and $200 gas card. Raffle is slated to be drawn at the Fire Department Annual BBQ.

New Snowmobile Trail to Open Soon!

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency are collaborating with local municipalities and snowmobile clubs to build a major new community connector snowmobile trail connecting Raquette Lake and Inlet to the Moose River Plains. The twelve mile trail project is slated to wrap up at the end of December with anticipation to have it open for the 2013 snowmobile season.

This is the first such community connector snowmobile trail to be built as part of a continuing effort to promote snowmobiling in the Adirondacks. Snowmobiling is a vital economic driver for tourism during the slow winter months and delivers a positive economic impact of $245 million annually to the Adirondack region. That’s 28% of the total economic benefit in the entire New York State Snowmobiling economy.

Data collected from NYSSA economic assessment of snowmobiling on the NYS economy. For more information click here: Snowmobiling NYS Blog

With the looming opening of the trail, the possibilities for new trips and loops between Long Lake, Inlet, Indian Lake and Newcomb expand, but it can’t happen unless the twelve miles of new trail is groomed and groomed well. Leaders of the involved municipalities met this week to discuss the options and have made the commitment to make this trail a huge success and they can’t wait for the snow to fly. Local leaders look forward to showcase their ability to maintain and helm a project that is valued by the public and respectful of the environment.

Everyone at the table has a stake in the success of this trail. Bill Farber, Hamilton County Supervisor, has touted the need to make this trail a huge success to benefit all of the involved communities. Both the Town of Long Lake and Inlet acknowledged the need to make outstanding effort at stewardship of the trails to meet the strict criteria of grooming and trail maintenance as set forth by the requirements of the DEC and the APA.

The progress on this trail has been a long road of hard work and collaboration of the DEC, the APA and with the support of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Snowmobile Association and local clubs including the Inlet Barnstormer’s and the Long Lake Moonlighter’s Club. Travelers on the route 28 corridor between Raquette Lake and Inlet have seen DEC vehicles parked along the road all fall as workers tackled an incredibly ambitious project. Entry points for the construction have included both the 7th Lake Boat Launch and the 8th Lake Campground.

Maps are not available yet, and the DEC trail crews will continue to work through the end of December to get the trail open. The trail has the character of a foot path, so some corners will be tight due to geographic impediments, including unmovable boulders, and aging trees. The DEC has made a vigilant assessment of all the engineering specs to make the trail safe and passable, while meeting the strict standards as expected with a trail of this magnitude. This trail will be outside of the permitted system in Old Forge and Inlet, and this trail will NOT require a permit. All riders need to be registered with the NYS department of motor vehicles and we encourage everyone to register their sleds in Hamilton County so we gain the revenue to keep grooming the trails. Click here to join the Moonlighters.

Riders will need to use caution until the trail receives a heavy snow pack.

An announcement about the trail opening will be made soon.

Now all we need is snow.

Adirondack Snowmobile in Long Lake Ice Fest

Yes we have awesome snowmobile trails. Why? Because we have snow, groomed trails and these trails and riders are loving the conditions – to quote “they just aren’t overused.” A fair and balanced amount of traffic keeps the wear and tear on our trails rideable and surprisingly delightful to many who have not gotten in the winter spirit this year. Yes it’s been a mild winter, but Long Lake is winter, and we have snow. Stan from the Ice Farm reports “This is great, you have winter. I didn’t expect to see this” Not a surprise to hear since winter has been so mild outside of our region. “It’s hard to get in the mood for skiing when I’m playing tennis in Cranford, NJ every weekend… outside,” exclaims a note to the Long Lake Tourism email Contact Us page.

So to kick everyone back into winter gear and to celebrate February, Ice and Snowmobiling, The Town of Long Lake hosted it’s very first Ice Fest and turned the Long Lake Logo into a snowmobile to honor our great wintry riding conditions!

On Saturday, February 4th, Stan Kolonko, of the Ice Farm out of Auburn, NY and ice sculpting partner, Hospitality Professor from Syracuse University, Chris Uyehara ate a hearty breakfast to set themselves on a course of installing, designing and carving the five remaining sculptures for Ice Fest.

The Long Lake Diner participated with a patriotic themed eagle in place, a fitting symbol to compliment the Local Veteran’s Dinner sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club of Long Lake.

Hoss’s warmed guests up with complimentary coffee and delicious chocolates as their Long Lake Bear came to life in ice. Cars heading into town to get the mail and run errands were stopping to watch the Ice Farm team at work. John Hosley even had Stan assist in taking down and replacing the American Flags with vibrant new ones to match the beauty of the bear.

The next installation was sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library. The logo featuring Bear Book ends and a slew of books took front and center on the front porch. As the sun beat down, Stan clued us in that the ice acts as a magnifier, refracting the light and through time the ice will become cloudy. While the light was seemingly the enemy, the cold held on and the blue sky and sunshine added to the terrific ambiance of the day.

The next stop, The Shamrock Motel and Cottages. Stan and Chris enjoyed Pebbles, the dog, and all the spectators including guests staying in Blue Mountain Lake. In addition to the traditional Shamrock, Stan trained our Events Coordinator Danielle Gagnier how to carve using a special chainsaw. Danielle confidently took handle of the blade and carved a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The final installation of the day happened at Mt. Sabattis. Five blocks of ice. 1500 pounds of ice to create the iconic symbol of Long Lake in winter, a snowmobilier flying off a drift. As Stan and Chris finished the sun began to set leaving a glow to set off the vibrancy of the ice.

Expensive tools, chainsaws, chisels, handtruck, a bucket of water and images projected onto newspaper and a lot of years of training and practice for our Culinary Institute of America trained sculptor Kolonko made for a great day and a great weekend.

Sculptures on view in Long Lake and Raquette Lake and lit up for evening viewing. They will be on display until the weather changes and melts everything. Let’s hope that’s a long long long long time from now.

Long Lake, NY Trails Are Open

Just in case you were wondering, a video popped up today of a sled traveling in and on Long Lake. Always check our website for the current conditions and ask a local about the lakes.

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