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All About Bears in Long Lake, NY Adirondacks

FROM THE ARCHIVES: This post on bears was originally published on May 10, 2013.

All About Bears was a presentation given by Ben Tabor a wildlife biologist from the NYS DEC and KC Kelly a DEC Environmental Conservation Officer. This following information was from his talk at the Long Lake Community Connections evening held on May 9, 2013.

Bears are charismatic mega-fauna. Black bears as a rule are timid, shy and scared and not aggressive (FYI not the same for Black Bears in Canada). Black bears will mark their territory by biting trees, putting their scent on their territory and let other bears know.. “Hey bears, I’m in town, back away from my soft mass.” (code words for berries)

Bears are omnivores and tend to eat vegetarian, but they will eat meat. They are not big hunters, but don’t rule them out when it comes to finding prey, depends on the year and availability of food. Bears will eat berries, acorns, nuts, apples, succulent grasses, dandelions, skunk cabbage, jack in the pulpit, buds of hardwood trees and insects.

Generally bears are not social, but May and June are their breeding season and males and females can be seen together. Bears have delayed implantation so they will be fertilized in the spring, but will not implant the eggs until November. Bears breed every two years. Bears chemically decide how many cubs they have; it’s a combination of hormones, and body fat that makes that determination. All bears give birth on January 20th or 21st. Typical for Adirondack bears are broods of 2-3 cubs but Momma’s can produce from one to five bears and they can even have albinos (not to be mistaken for Polar Bears)

By August 1st the bears are weaned and ready to go off on their own. Sometimes a mom will let them den up with her for one more year, but come spring she sends them on their way. Bears are not adults until they are four years old. Most of the reports to the DEC involve younger bears that tend to get into trouble, whether they are climbing inside dumpsters or approaching someone’s home. If a bear doesn’t get into trouble with the DEC by age three they probably never will. Adult male bears are about 300 pounds and an adult Momma bear about 150 pounds.

Currently New York State boasts about 10,000 bears statewide. There is an effort to sustain the population, and the DEC monitors and develops hunting regulations and makes opportunities available to hunt bear based on the numbers, population and ability to sustain on natural food. The goal is to maintain the bear population for future generations, but to also ensure that the bears don’t become a nuisance to the general population. Bear hunting is a regulated harvest and it’s challenging to find a bear, much less haul it out of the woods, but benefits of bear include their meat which is a good source of protein, hide, fat (when rendered makes a heck of a pie) and the gall used for medicinal purposes. If you hunt bear, cook the meat to an internal temp of 137 degrees because they do carry trichinosis.

Safety tips
Don’t feed bears. A fed bear is a dead bear because once a bear finds a food source; they won’t back away until they’ve exhausted the food source. Bears will eat bird feeders; remove the feeders from April until November. Don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your door if they see bird feeders out and full during the off season.

What do you do if you see a bear? If you see a bear in a tree, don’t call to report it. Leave it alone, it got up the tree, it will come down, but you have to leave it alone. The bear is in the tree for safety.

The best thing to do be pre-emptive before anything escalates. Call Ray Brook DEC Wildlife 518 -897-1291 or 518-897-1326 to report bear disturbances. If you notice a bear peaking in your windows, or seems to be holding court on your property, eyeballing your activities that is not normal. Call the DEC. If you see a bear cross the road, let it be, but if there is a bear on or near your property that seems to be assessing and studying your property, call the DEC and report it.

The DEC keeps track of bears, their habitation, their habituation, and their environment. Whatever you do, don’t feed the bears. It’s against the law to feed bears. You will get ticketed and fined if you are caught feeding the bears. Don’t do it. You are putting your neighbors and the bear’s life at risk. Don’t make soup and leave it under your porch, don’t leave dog food or cat food outside. Use bear proof containers, or electric fences for large dumpsters.

Out west bear proof dumpsters are the norm and all over the place. In the East, the dumpster companies don’t provide bear proof dumpsters because there is no demand. Customers should be demanding Bear Proof Dumpsters because they are very effective, but consumers have to insist on the product for it to be made available on the east coast.

Already this year, 2013, it is extremely dry and the DEC has already had numerous reports of bear problems. Bears are attracted to residential garbage, dumpsters. Food hangs don’t work, don’t feed the dogs and cats outside, the bears will find their food.

No hand feeding or that bear will be in your house demanding food. He’ll break in, and he’ll wreck your house and he may even go to the bathroom in your home. The DEC will euthanize every single one of the hand fed bears. Don’t habituate bears because there is no rehabilitating bears once they are used to human contact.

Last summer the notorious Little Bear died among great controversy in Long Lake. Unfortunately a property owner who simply didn’t know that feeding would result in the bear’s death was feeding Little Bear. The bear feeding was happening because the bear was young, needy and hungry and the human felt bad for the bear. It was an honest mistake that can be corrected by education. The bear had become used to humans. After multiple sightings, the final straw occurred after the bear grabbed an ice cream cone out of a child’s hand at Stewarts. Bears are wild animals. They may be cute, and they may not hunt humans, but bears can and will swat at people if provoked and if they aren’t afraid because they’ve been used to human contact and human food.

Habituated bears will wander near roads and get hit by cars. Folks in the Adirondacks live in bear country so be respectful of the bears and be responsible. They couldn’t stress enough the importance of not leaving food out for the bears. A few years ago, in Old Forge, vehicles killed 19 bears. During hunting season only four bears were taken. Why did cars kill the bears? Because bears had found human food resources and they were living in and near the community and wandering around after dark and no one can see them at night because their fur absorbs all of the light.

How do you stop a bear from become too friendly or curious?
Remove the attraction, make noise, and use bear resistant cans when you hike or at home. The ways of the past has changed. Bears adapt and learn. Rubber buckshot at one time was commonly used to ward off and scare off bears. These days, rubber buckshot doesn’t work . The bears aren’t even scared of it. If they are hungry, they continue to eat their food. The DEC doesn’t move bears anymore because the bears will return and will travel great distances to get home. One bear that was moved out of a populated area was moved 80 miles from its home. It took several weeks, but due to tagging he was traced and returned back to his habitat after traveling 120 miles in the woods.

If you see a bear and it’s a menace call 897-1291 or 897-1326 and report it. Ben or KC will come out and address your bear issues. KC Kelly is the only DEC Encon officer in Northern Hamilton County so he has a lot of ground to cover, but he will respond. He also asked; if you have a neighbor, or see someone attracting bears to your neighborhood, anything unnatural, to call and report it. He just needs the address, not the name, so it takes a community to keep the bears safe.

Humans and bears should ignore each other. Long live the bears.

Article originally written and published by Alexandra Roalsvig May 10, 2013

Video Long Lake Winter Carnival. Highlights 2009-2013

Hot off the presses. Check out this highlight video of past winter carnival’s! This should get you ready for today’s festivities. We’ll see you at Mt. Sabattis at noon.

GPS or Garmin – enter 1100 Deerland Road – gets you close enough.

Parking available at bottom of hill, Owls Head Lane, South Hill Road.

Little Bus will be running starting at 4pm until end of festivities. For 2014, a special thank you to the Town of Newcomb for providing us with wheels. For a ride call 518-323-5000

Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip to Play Long Lake Columbus Day Weekend

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend in a cabaret style setting and revel in the dulcet jazz of the talented group, The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. This concert will be presented free of charge by the Town of Long Lake at the Long Lake Town Hall on October 12th at 7pm. The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip has played Adirondack jazz circuit extensively, fans have seen them play in Glens Falls, Lake George and nearby in North Creek. The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip last played Long Lake in 2009 and we are looking forward to their return!

The band consists of Anthony Jenkins, Frank Conti, Greg Brown and Ted MacKenzie. Anthony Jenkins held his first guitar at the age of 13. It was an instant and magical connection which would result in a lifelong love of playing and writing music. A self-taught musician who grew up in Newark, NJ. In 1997, Anthony moved to Glens Falls, NY and set a goal to venture forward with his true passion, jazz, and worked diligently to form his current band, The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. The group performs original compositions and favorite jazz standards.

Frank Conti, saxophone and flute, is originally from western New York. He received music degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia and Fredonia State University. He was a member of the US Army Band during the Vietnam era. In 2002, he retired as band director at Johnsburg Central School.

Greg Brown, bass, was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. In 1975 he studied the bass with the Jazz Mobile workshop in NYC. That same year he went on to tour with the Flamingo’s. In 1978 he toured with Dollar Brand in Europe, Africa, and Japan. In 1984 he moved to the North Country where he is currently performing with Ray Alexander at the Sagamore Hotel and the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

Ted MacKenzie, drums, was born in South “Philly”, Pa. He is a third generation drummer named after his grandfather from the Highlands of Scotland. After attending Berklee College of Music, Ted became a full time drum instructor and studied in NYC with Sonny Igoe, Henry Adler and Jim Chapin.

Be sure to check out this talented group of musicians on October 12th at the Long Lake Town Hall and enjoy a selection of desserts at this cabaret style concert. Make a day of it and stop by the Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair from 10am-3pm, also at the Long Lake Town Hall or take advantage of a hike with Certified Guide Spencer Morrissey. For more information on all Columbus Day Weekend events, call 518-624-3077.

Essex Chain of Lakes Now Open to Public Adirondacks


Governor Cuomo has announced that the Essex Chain of Lakes is now open to the public for the first time in 100 years. That’s the headline.

For those of us in the Five Towns of Newcomb, Indian Lake, North Hudson, Minerva and Long Lake, we say… WELCOME! Come on in and we’re glad you’re here and let us tell you how to get there from here.

From Long Lake – travel east on 28N to Newcomb, NY for approx 13 miles. Make a right on Pine Tree Road and then another right onto Goodnow Flow Road. Travel on Goodnow Flow Road approx 7 miles. Keep your eyes peeled for official DEC signage and kiosks to direct you to access and parking. It will be like the Robert Frost poem where you see two roads diverged in a woods… Do you want to go to the Hudson? Or do you want to hit up Deer Pond and do some paddling? Choose your own adventure.


Approximately 11,600 acres of lands and waters on the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the center of the Adirondacks is now open to the public for outdoor recreation. Under an interim plan administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the public can access these lands beginning today, October 1.

The interim plan administered by DEC allows the public to access these lands prior to the final classification of the lands and completion of a unit management plan (UMP).


This is what is permitted on these lands starting Oct 1, 2013.
Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horse trail riding on the many miles of former woods roads; hunting, trapping and bushwhacking on the surrounding lands; and fishing and paddling on the Essex Chain Lakes and other waters on the tract.

Paddling Access Info

Motor vehicle access is open on the Woody’s Road/Cornell Road on the adjacent conservation easement lands and on the Boots to Cornell Road on the forest preserve lands. A parking area at the location allows access to Deer Pond.

Paddlers are able to portage their canoes and kayaks about a quarter mile from the parking lot to Deer Pond. They can then paddle across Deer Pond to the landing for a half-mile portage to a put-in site on Third Lake. Paddlers can travel by water to explore First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Lakes of the Essex Chain.

The public may only access the lands for day-use activities under the interim plan; overnight camping is prohibited at this time. Public motorized watercraft and floatplanes will not be permitted on any waterbody during the interim period.

Signs will direct the public to the open roads and parking areas, and gates have been installed on side roads to direct public motor vehicles to the Essex Chain Lakes tract and prevent trespass onto adjacent easement land. In addition, kiosks will provide maps, area regulations and information about the leaseholders’ privileges.

Leaseholder Info:
While the leaseholders on these lands no longer have exclusive use on the newly opened lands, they will retain leased rights that permit motorized access that is not available to the public. In addition, they will still have one-acre exclusive-use envelopes around their camp buildings. Leaseholders also continue to have motorized access to and from the leased camps, including snowmobiles in the winter, ATVs during mud season, and cars and trucks for the remainder of the year. ATV use by leaseholders will also be allowed on designated access roads during hunting season. Please respect leaseholder privacy.

Furthermore, leaseholders will be allowed to use boat motors of 10 horsepower or less on the Essex Chain Lakes 2nd through 6th, Jackson Pond and the Blackwell Stillwater section of the Hudson River from ice-out through June 30 and from October 1 through the end of big game rifle season. They will also be allowed to use electric motors on those waters between June 30 and October 1.

Fall Foliage 2013

Foliage Video Alert! Scroll down and click on the Fall Foliage Video!

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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Fall Paddling Long Lake NY Adirondacks

For those of you reading this that might be new to the Adirondack Region here is a bit of a quick overview. The Adirondack Park is over 6,000,000 acres in size broken up between public (state) and private land. Within those 6-million acres is over 2,300 ponds and lakes, 1,500 miles of rivers and well over 30,000 miles of streams and brooks. However, not all of which can be paddled due to many factors, such as lack of an access point, private property and/or not sufficient enough water to support boat travel. With that being said, there are numerous options within the park and the Long Lake Region has a bunch to offer.

The water temperatures are going in the opposite direction than they did in the spring. Every day the water is getting cooler than it was the day before. With a consciousness of safety and the proper gear, there’s a couple more months of really good paddling under our belt.

Paddling the Adirondacks is not only one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities in the park but it offers unique views into the lives of all species of wildlife. Now that the summer is on the way out, the cold temperatures are sure to bring a morning frost relatively quickly. As soon as this happens the leaves start to change much more rapidly and the fall colors become breathtaking, and from the water, no question. The red maples already have already started to change in some areas. The yellows and oranges will be next and then the vibrant yellows of the tamaracks in the marshlands. These yellows, so vibrant they take over the landscape and make paddling the marshes and boggy areas of local ponds and rivers a fantastic place to be.

Fall paddling in the Adirondacks can be experienced by all, but this definitely is no time to skimp on the gear and the preparation. A PFD is as important now as it ever was, but even more so when the exposure to cold water can affect the ability to swim and tread water. A personal floatation device or life vest should be worn at all times. When selecting which one to wear, make sure it is sized correctly and fitted to your body securely. A type III PFD, certified by the USCG is highly recommended.

Be sure to consider the type of water to explore. Adirondack lakes and ponds tend to be very shallow in areas which create more waves than deeper bodies of water. A change in weather patterns can affect these shallower bodies of water rather quickly and change your days paddle. With bigger waves come splashing. This is where a spray skirt with proper cold water gear becomes important. Rivers have a stronger current which can cause your boat to react differently. Be cautious of rapids and waterfalls when paddling rivers. In short, have a map and compass and know about the water you will be paddling.

A float plan is very important. Write out the route, and plan of the day so someone can locate you, just in case something happens. Leave the float plan with someone in your household. With the float plan you should have the appropriate gear for your trip. The proper gear would include map and compass and/or GPS, spray skirt, dry bags and even the use of a wet or dry suit or even just some neoprene layers. The neoprene not only acts as a wet suit and helps keep you warm, even when wet, but also adds a layer of floatation. There is much more paddling gear out that you should consider having. At least one person in your group should have a paddle float, a throw bag, a bilge pump and a first aid kit. Food and water are also very important in cold weather to keep up morale, energy and body warmth.

If you have never paddled before and feel uncomfortable doing so for the first time, especially in cold water conditions, we encourage you to take a lesson from a local guide service. Many guide services will offer a 2 to 4 hour introductory course for a very reasonable price. Several local marinas and outfitters like Raquette River Outfitters (one is available in Long Lake) offers paddling gear and boat rentals. There are also plenty of places to warm up after, with year-round restaurants, motels and eateries with a variety of choices. Long Lake is your fall local paddling adventure destination is the perfect answer to a serious case of cabin fever.

by Spencer Morrissey

Spencer will be leading two fall outings. September 28th & October 12th. Call the Long Lake Town Office at 518.624.3077 to register. These trips are free and transportation is provided by the town of Long Lake. All trips leave from the LL Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847

Durant Days and Boat Parade Weekend

Raquette Lake boasts an incredible weekend from August 3rd – August 5th. Formerly and fondly known as the Raquette Lake Boat Parade & Firework Weekend again this year it dovetails into Durant Days which is a celebration of the Birth of Great Camps Architecture.

William West Durant’s rampant spending on development of estates we now call Great Camps led to his bankruptcy; but his three camps remain, Camp Pine Knot, Sagamore and Uncas, and all three boast National Historic Landmark status, shining a spotlight on the tiny village of Raquette Lake.
The weekend kicks off with an exclusive Boat Tour of Raquette Lake and a special appearance by Ragtime Pianist Bob Milne. He will be tickling the ivories in two appearances on Friday.

Bob is a world-renowned ragtime pianist who will wow the crowd with his timeless appearance. This year for Durant Days he will play a concert during the W.W. Durant Raquette Lake Navigation Boat Tour on Friday, August 2nd. This treat will guarantee a transcendent, almost time traveling experience as you walk the halls and the grounds of an historic property, not always open to the public. If only the walls could talk! The day will culminate in an evening presentation and concert at Great Camp Sagamore including a PBS special premiere viewing of a special about Durant followed by a concert by Bob Milne.

On Saturday in the village of Raquette Lake be on the lookout for W.W. Durant as he pops in to check on the village ensuring the town is running in proper order and that all his architectural plans are carried out.

Music is featured all weekend in Raquette Lake. A capella group Wide Variety Returns on Saturday afternoon with a concert at the Raquette Lake School at 2pm. At 5pm join Jason Hall, a talented local musician, writer, singer-songwriter, and keyboardist ready to entertain guests from 5pm – 8pm along the shores of Raquette Lake while the boat parade kicks off. Saturday night join Johnny and the Triumphs on the W.W. Durant for the Moonlight Cruise.

At 7pm while Jason Hall sings his songs, join the crowd at the Town Dock as they gather for a long-standing tradition ‘The Boat Parade” All watercraft is decorated and ready to go for a fun, whimsical Boat Parade steeped in tradition. Cash prizes and glory will go out to registered runabouts, party barges, canoes, kayaks. If it floats and it can enter and a team puts together a great theme, prizes will be awarded! Registration forms will be available at Burke’s or Birds Marina.

Fireworks light up the sky on Saturday night at dusk.

Sunday offers a ½ price tour of Great Camp Sagamore and a visit for Vespers on St. Hubert’s, Church of the Good Shepard.

Raquette Lake is alive with history and tradition. Don’t miss out!

15th Annual Durant Days Weekend (August 2-4, 2013
Friday, August 2 Guided tour Pine Knot + Luncheon Cruise. $59* pp inclusive. Limited to the first 56 reservations. Call 315-354-5532.
*$12 of every admission goes to Pine Knot and a donation is made to St. Williams.
§ 8:20-8:40 Arrive Raquette Lake and board the Durant for water taxi service to Pine Knot
§ 8:45-9:15 Cruise South Bay and dock at Pine Knot, the first Great Camp built by William West Durant
§ 9:20-10:50 Guided tour Pine Knot
§ 11-11:40 Bob Milne ragtime music piano concert. Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world.
§ 11:45-12:00 Walk through woods from Pine Knot on south shore of Long Point to St. Williams on north shore of Long Point
§ 12:00-12:15 Visit the recently refurbished church built by Durant in 1890.
§ 12:20 Board the WW Durant docked at St. Williams
§ 12:30-1:30 Luncheon cruise with historic commentary around the rest of Raquette Lake
§ 7:30pm WMHT and Elevation Films present “The Durant Camps” Sagamore Visitor’s Center (barn) Park in tour parking lot. Free with donation at the door, followed by a concert with ragtime boogie-woogie piano player Bob Milne. Free
Saturday, August 3
§ Free 2:00-3:00 pm Wide Variety A Capella Performance at Raquette Lake School
§ Live music in town late afternoon- Jason Hall playing from 5:00-8:00 pm under the tent by the RR station foundation
§ Boat Parade around 7 pm- Fireworks at dark (about 9:30)
§ Moonlight Cruise- Johnny & the Triumphs
Sunday, August 4
§ 10 AM tour Sagamore (Half price $8 pp)
§ 3 PM Vesper service at St. Hubert’s, Church of the Good Shepherd, established 1880 (water taxi service free of charge from the village dock)

RondeauFest Music Fair July 27th, Long Lake NY

Bluegrass, Americana, Folk.

It’s the ultimate way to feel “Long Lakey” Join the Town of Long Lake and three great bands for an afternoon of great Folk, Bluegrass, Americana sound on Saturday, July 27th at 2pm – 9pm at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, located across from the LL Post Office/Route 30.

The Blind Owl Band 2-4 Blind Owl Band video Link
Chasing Blue 4:30 – 6 Video: Chasing Blue, Two Broken Wings
Rosco Bandana 6:30 – 9 Rosco Bandana, Time to Begin Video

This collection of bands represents the Adirondacks, Massachusetts and Gulfport Mississippi.

Kids under 18 are free. Adults $10.

This event is how it goes. We get you a shuttle bus from your home or lodging to get you to the show. The shuttle drives all over town all day long from the beach to the Pavilion, so if you start to get hot, you can take it to the beach, go swimming and COME BACK. I know, it’s that easy.

You can drive if you want, but you don’t have to.

Parking is free.

Wait, how do I get there? Well in Long Lake, we’re what you call, kind of off the radar, so for GPS maps or google maps, enter in 1100 Deerland Road. That gets you to the bottom of the hill. Then drive up to the top and park.

We want you to have a good time while your here.

We’ll have Smokin’ Horseshoes BBQ from Tupper Lake on Site serving up Pulled Pork, traditional BBQ and Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.

Bounce House for the kiddoes and more games. Bring cardboard and they can slide down the hill.

Advice – it gets buggy at night, bring a flashlight to get back to your car after dark. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. We ask for no glass bottles to keep broken glass at a minimum. And other than that.. it’s a great day of music rain or shine.

Join us.

A family event.

For more info 518.624.3077

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Waterski Show Team in Long Lake, NY #NYadkchallenge

The US Waterski Show Team is coming to Long Lake NY at the Long Lake Town Beach on Saturday, July 20th with demos starting at 10am and an exhibition at 3pm. Look for the 3pm showcase along the waterfront in front of the Helms Aeroplane Base and the Long Lake Town Beach. Spectators are invited to enjoy a dazzling array of synchronized jumps and quadruple-decker pyramids and glittery costumes. Demo’s kick off at 10am.

There will be food and concessions available on the beach during the event including North Country Kettle Corn, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and more.

The US Waterski Show Team is a water-ski club based out of Scotia NY where they can be seen weekly on Tuesday nights in front of Jumpin’ Jacks Drive In along the Mohawk River. The non-for-profit club was founded in 1968 and is the only one in New York State. Members of the waterski club include schoolteachers, engineers, contractors and college students.

There will be no boat or seaplane traffic during the duration of the show from 3pm – 4pm. This showcase is being highlighted in conjunction with the I Love NY Adirondack Challenge Festival Week which culminates on Sunday, July 21st in Indian Lake at Governor Cuomo’s Whitewater invitational event at Byron Park at 11am.

All boat traffic will be stopped from 3pm -4pm near the Long Lake Town Beach. There will be safety perimeters set up from the bridge to just north of the Motel Long Lake. We are trying to minimize wakes and create a large safe space for the waterskiers.

Please use caution when traveling in the area. Look for waterski demo’s throughout the day starting at 10am. In addition there will large jump set in the lake. There will be limited docking available at the Long Lake Public Dock in the afternoon. Come to town early to get a good view of the show. Additional parking can be found at the Long Lake Town Hall, Long Lake Central School, St. Henry’s Parking Lot and as far South as Mt. Sabattis.

Thank you for your cooperation during the US Waterski Show Team Exhibition.

Sargent Pond Loop in Long Lake, NY

This year, Long Lake is offering a new opportunity to hike with Certified Guide Spencer Morrissey. Morrissey is a Long Lake native and has extensively hiked the Adirondacks. This is a unique opportunity to not only hike amazing locations, but also learn more about the area while doing so.

July 15th Castle Rock Loop.
July 29th, Owl’s Head Mountain.
August 5th, Mount Adams
August 12th Indian Pass.

All trips are free and will leave from the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Rd. at 8am. Tips are not required, but they are appreciated. Pre-registration and waiver is required. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Town of Long Lake will provide the transportation to the trail heads and back at the end of the day.


Sargent Ponds are located in the approximately 45,000 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and is open to all kind of outdoor activities from mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing, trail running, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting.

The Sargent Ponds Loop makes for an excellent outing for the entire family. One of the nice things about this loop is it can be hiked in its entirety or only in parts. With three very distinctive ponds along the loop, a visitor could visit one or all of them depending on what they had in mind.

For this entire loop it would be required for the hiker to walk North Point Road for 1.5 miles back to their car, unless a second car were available to spot. However, as a visitor to the area a second car might not be an option. With that in mind, the road is a nice walk at the end of a day, but an out and back to Lower Sargent Pond might just be the ticket.

Bug repellant close by, water bottles full, boots tied tight, and camera at the ready you’re off. Starting from the eastern trailhead and hiking in a clockwise direction, just because, you have to start someplace. After a surprisingly quick 1.2 miles over a somewhat heavily used trail you will come to a trail intersection, with only one sign. The sign pointing right leads to
Lower Sargent Pond; left and unmarked is a 0.2 mile trail to the shore of Upper Sargent Pond. Upper Sargent Pond is worth the short hike, if for no other reason than to just look out over the calm waters. This is a fabulous place for a picnic or to wade out and cool off on a hot day. The waters are very shallow allowing hikers to wade out well beyond what most ponds offer.
Returning back to the junction, make this left toward Lower Sargent Pond. This segment of trail is a little more serious with small ups and downs, possible wet crossings, and sections of trail that are very narrow and getting overgrown. Along this route you will begin to see a long marshy area to your left which is part of Middle Sargent Pond but not actually the pond itself – no trail leads to Middle Sargent Pond. At 2.7 miles you will come to another intersection – right is to Grass Pond (the trail you will need to return to) and left is to Upper Sargent Pond. The sign reads Upper Sargent Pond 0.1 miles. A trail then continues along the northern shore for about 0.2 miles to a lean-to if you wish to see it. The trail also continues straight and ends at the Shore of Raquette Lake, 4.0 miles away.

Retrace your steps to the intersection, take that left and continue the loop. This will bring you along a well-maintained trail toward Grass Pond and the western trailhead. It’s only about 0.6 miles to Grass Pond, whose shore is just that, grass-covered, wet and mossy. It is challenging to reach open water, best left for the ducks. However, with that being said, it is a great place to do a bit of bird watching. Great Blue Herons, red-wing blackbirds, and numerous species of song-birds frequent the tall grasses. The slap of a beaver tail or the laughing cackle of a pileated woodpecker could be heard in the distance. The remaining 1.3 miles to the road is a nice, mellow stroll. Small rolling hills dot the landscape and add to the experience. Once at the North Point Road you will need to get back to your vehicle if a second car was not available. It’s a 1.5 mile walk along the windy, somewhat well-traveled road, back to the other trailhead.

Distance Round Trip:
6.8 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 3 to 4 hours, loop
Experienced Hiker: 2.5 to 3 hours, loop
Out of Shape Hiker: 3 to 4 hours, loop

Trailhead Location:
You can find these two trailheads off the Forked Lake Road in Long Lake. Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North Point Road will be on the right, in 3.0 miles – drive down North Point Road. There will be a fork in the road a few miles in; right leads to Forked Lake Campsite, left to the trailheads. The trailheads will both be marked with state DEC signs on the left side of the road. The first trailhead is at 3.1 miles from the intersection with Forked Lake Road; 1.5 miles separate the two trailheads.

Winter Access:
This loop makes for an excellent snowshoe trip, as well as a decent cross-country ski outing. Parts of this loop get subtle use from snowmobiles, so it may have track set for you. If not, you can expect heavy snow and fresh powder.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474