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11 Long Lake and Raquette Lake Facebook Pages You Need to Follow Now!

When The Cellar Restaurant says they are offering Steak Specials… run, don’t walk!  Get there.  Known for their great menu selection all season long, their specials are definitely not to be missed.  The Cellar is located where Kickerville Road and NYS Route 30 aka The Tupper Road intersect.  Expanded seating in the dining room, large groups, families, date night, plenty of options available.  Looking for take-out, their menu includes yummy pizzas, moons, shaved steak sandwich, salads and more!  

 

Move over Betheny Frankel.. we have the real deal in Raquette Lake!  Rachel Pohl has created a sensational Bloody Mary Elixir.  A true Adirondack Entrepreneur, when Rachel isn’t on the W.W. Durant updating and renovating, she’s out on the road delivering a great mixer for cocktails.  Great for gifts, Sunday Brunches and should just be a staple mixer in your hosting bag of tricks.  This is a small business that continues to thrive and grow and find new ways to deliver big taste for New York State.  Check it out and follow her page!  More adventures  to come!  

 

Looking for that perfect gift for someone who has everything?  Look no further than Chax Knives.  Chase Axin has his seasonal shop in Long Lake, NY on North Point Road.  Stop in on your way to gorgeous Buttermilk Falls. Chase produces handmade knives that last a lifetime. As he says… email works great, cell phone at his place.. not so great!  Just remember, you’re in the Adirondacks, exploring our cool shops and local merchants is half the fun! 

Never fear.. just because this post is from 2017… it’s ok.. Mary Jo is getting ready as we speak for the summer season.. let her know you saw her FB page on this blog post and ask her to update something new! Aiming to open at the end of June which is right around the corner.  She will have shakes, floats, sundaes and in one of the coolest spots in the Adirondacks known for its unique architecture having received the Adirondack Architectural Heritage Preservation Award in 2003.  

Wellness is in Long Lake.  Looking for new ways to untangle and unwind contact our local wellness coach, and teacher.  You have to make an appointment in advance, so check out her page, follow it and schedule an appointment today.  Explore new ways to improve your wellness. Unwinding in the Adirondacks, it is what its all about! 

 

Sign up and follow the Long Lake Fish & Game Club.  Sponsoring Fishing Derbies, Hosting events at the range, the Black Bear Championship, the August Trap Shoot and so much more!  Follow this page for all the news! 

Wellness continues.  Bet you didn’t know about this FB page.  Babbie the Pharmacist is located in Long Lake, NY.  She runs a website and is most interested in helping you achieve your wellness goals.  Check out her page, and subscribe to her informative videos too. LeBlanc WellBeing is owned and operated by Babette LeBlanc RPh.  Babbie is dedicated to bringing customers honest, trustworthy, and cost effective products. Our goal is to help you make a difference in your life, in any way that we can.  Check it out!  

Have you ever been to downtown Raquette Lake?  If you haven’t, you MUST!  With it’s gorgeous view and access to Raquette Lake, take a step back in time.  This is the birthplace of Great Camps Architecture. This charming town has plenty of room for everyone.  Once you discover Raquette Lake you will keep coming back year after year.  A local favorite is a top at the Raquette Lake Tap Room.  Follow this FB page to get the specials, get updates on the Raquette Lake Ladies Softball Team and find out the local lore.  Great prices that can’t be beat. Open year-round. Come on in and check it out.

 

 

Do you play a instrument.  Do you love to rock out?  Do you want to be a star?  Follow the Long Lake Open Mike page and find out more. Open Mike happens in Long Lake at the Adirondack Hotel on the last Saturday of every month, all year long.  Join hosts Terry & Wayne Chaikin, bringing you the hits of the town. Local musicians and visiting musicians sign up and can perform up to 3 songs. Some are solo, large groups too.  Always a fun night out celebrating all kinds of musicians in and around the area.  

Do you love the History of Long Lake?  Then follow this page.  Cool photos of the area and local lore too.  Great photos, and historical tidbits galore!

Have you ever camped at Lake Eaton?  Families come back year after year!  Fun photos, postcards, news about the campground and private camps long Lake Eaton.  There’s more to Long Lake and Raquette Lake than meets the eye!  Great beach, great fishing, and the great outdoors all meet at Lake Eaton!

 

Ladies Softball is happening in our area.  Both Long Lake and Raquette Lake have softball teams and the games start this week!  Check out and follow the Raquette Lake Mudsliders!  If they can play outside in the black flies, you can come out and cheer them on!  

Fall Festival Weekend Sat October 6th

 
The Town of Long Lake announces the Fall Festival Weekend on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This all day event includes the Harvest Craft Fair, Octo-BEAR-Fest and the Pumpkin Drop.
 
The Harvest Craft Fair will be held at the Long Lake Town Hall from 10a.m. to 4p.m.  Hand made goods from vendors will be available including:  herbal spice mixes, homemade chip and dip bowls, bread and soup mixes, soy candles, handcrafted glass, balsam pillows, children’s books, table runners, wooden bowls, fish and duck decoys, mixed media art, jewelry and more.
 
Octo-BEAR-Fest will be held at Hoss’s Country  Corner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Donation admission will benefit Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund at the Glens Falls Hospital.  Funds raised offsets co-pays, prescription drugs and gas and lodging expenses, all which can add up in the North Country. At times patients must travel over 100 miles one way for cancer treatment.  These funds go directly to those in need to ensure that patients spend time taking care of themselves while undergoing cancer treatment. 
 
Events at Octo-BEAR-Fest include: raffles, drawings for donated items.  Sara Winter, of the national touring group “The Chainsaw Chix”  will be doing chainsaw carvings of animals which will also be for sale. All participating vendors booth fees will be donated to Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund.  There will be food sold by Fat River Foods, The Park. Donated craft brews will be sold throughout the day in the beer garden.  Live Music will fill the day with bands hailing from all over the north east boasting local Long Lake talent and a band from Vermont. 
 
At 2 p.m. look for the Pumpkin Drop at 1156 Main Street, the former site of the Blarney Stone, located between Hoss’s Country Corner and the Long Lake Diner.  Paul Rasmussen Builders has donated the use of his Genie lift to send one brave soul over 40 feet in the air to drop pumpkins on the ground below. Pumpkins are launched to splat on the ground.  Special thanks to John and Jackie Heron for the use of their property for this event.
 
Fall can be an unpredictable time of year, sometimes cold, sometimes warm.  Be prepared for both.  On a cool October day warm up by fire pit or grab some warm drinks and food from our food and beverage vendors. 
 
For more information www.mylonglake.comor call 518-624-3077.  For information to donate or participate in Octo-BEAR-Fest as a vendor please contact Jules Pierce at 518-624-2481.

“I Enjoy Hiking” said every so convincingly!

The first hike was gorgeous, the sun came out just for my hike and I MAY have had a dance party at the top with my dogs. With beautiful views like this how could you not dance a little.

Even with the second hike being a little snowy with almost nothing to see, it had a beauty that was still worth the hike.

 

I enjoy hiking.

I enjoy hiking 3 of the 4 seasons.

I like hiking in the spring when it’s muddy and slippery. I like hiking in the summer when it’s hot and muggy. I REALLY like hiking in the fall when it’s cool and beautiful. But winter, cold and icy? Winter hiking is not my favorite.

It’s cold and you have to wear layers. It’s often so hard to judge how many layers to wear and I usually error on the side of too many layers. Layers which make your body heavy and harder to move. Then add the heavy boots, the gloves, a hat, bulky sweatshirts, long underwear, SNOWSHOES! Suddenly a simple hike, like the mile up Coney Mountain, is a huge production! One I’m never sure is going to be worth it the way the weather is in the Adirondacks.

Nevertheless, I ventured out (twice actually!) with my dogs and did the short mile hike to the beautiful 360 view on Coney that is always worth the hike. As far as hikes go, it’s the biggest bang for your buck; not too steep, not too long, and at this point, very familiar.

As expected I hated it most of the way up but the dogs appreciated it!

 

This post is written by Steph Hample – Events Coordinator for The Town of Long Lake. 

Ice Job, Fishing Derby and Poker Run Weekend 2018

February 9-10th, 2018 in Long Lake & Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake and Long Lake may be located in the central Adirondacks where generally people think of it as the place for summer escape, boating, and s’mores, but Winter time offers plenty of action and activities for everyone.  

Raquette Lake Supply has announced their annual ice job is slated for February 10th.  This long-standing tradition happens on the shores of Raquette Lake right outside of the RL Supply.  Teamwork, genuine ice cutting equipment and lots of sweat go into the cutting and storing of the ice which is used from harvest until it melts, typcially sometime in August.  This helps keep the entire building cool in the summer months.  Come over to Raquette Lake and see it for yourself and remember… if you are standing around, a little too close, you may be asked to participate! 

 

Plenty of activities in the Long Lake area February 9th & 10th, 2018. 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 9th to February 10th. Cards will be available on Friday, February 9th at Noon at the Newcomb House located at 5699 NY-28N, Newcomb, NY 12852. And yes we are super duper excited the Newcomb House has re-opened for Snowmobile Season 2018, so make sure you stop in an let them know how happy we are they are open!

It is $10 per person and you can participate on snowmobile or by car.  Players pick up a card and receive a stamp at each location. For 2018 all ages are welcome to participate in this fun event.  Participating businesses with stamps available are

The Adirondack Hotel
Long Lake Ice Skating Rink
The Adirondack Growl & Grub
Ali Babas Liquors
ADK Trading Post
Owl’s Head Pub/Long Lake Diner
Hoss’s Country Corner
Raquette Lake Tap Room ** please note, Ice Job happening on Sat. Feb 10th. 
WW Durant Winter Boat

Upon completion of the run, players check into the Adirondack Hotel on Saturday, February 9th by 5pm. All hands must be drawn by 6pm the latest. No exceptions!  

Prizes 1st Place $200 2nd Place $125  3rd Place $75 

How does it actually work?  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 the waters of Lake Eaton and Long Lake on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. Registration is $25 per person at 6am at the Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way, off of Deerland Road (across from the Long Lake Post Office)  On going registration will continue at the weigh in station at the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1258 Main Street.

Fish for Land-locked Salmon, Trout and Pike.  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.

The question is.. what sets this derby apart?  Long Lake and Lake Eaton are big lakes with all sorts of places to fish.  This casual derby is not high-strung.  There are cash prizes, but the atmosphere is family friendly, and all about the sport.  Come down to the Long Lake Shack which will be parked at the Town Beach to visit with our members of the Long Lake Fish and Game Club.  Great camraderie and good people and best of all.. Good FISH!  

The Ice Job on Raquette Lake has it’s roots steeped in Adirondack history.  

Looking at the Stewart’s Shop photo – can you wager a guess what year this was taken?  Send us your best guess and email it to longlake@mylonglake.com  by Friday, February 9th.  Winner announced on FB and wins a genuine Long Lake pin! 

Catch them if you can! Lake Eaton/Long Lake Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 10th

Winter Lodging

Spring Fed Concert July 30th on Beach

At 6pm on Saturday, July 30th, pull your boat up to the Long Lake Town Beach and start off your Saturday night with a healthy dose of beach fun music with Spring Fed!

SPRING FED is Upstate New York’s premiere powerhouse rock band performing original hits from their stellar album titled “After the Beat Generation.” The nationally renowned touring band features the singer-songwriter, Brian Gibney (lead guitar/vocals), Jim McArdle (rhythm guitar/vocals), Dan MacDonald (drums), and Mark Frederick (bass). Party to SPRING FED’s rockin’ high-energy eclectic mix of songs such as “August,” “Tidal Wave,” “Next Summer,” “Still the Wind,” and “How Do You Love,” to name a few. SPRING FED keeps the “BEAT” fresh—they perform “FLASHBACK FAVES” from the 60’s and 90’s throughout their concert. SPRING FED has been selected as song-writing finalists in the Ticketmaster/Yamaha National Talent Search and became semi-finalists in the Mars Music/Palm Records National Talent Search among a field of 1000’s. SPRING FED keeps the party going with their upbeat vibe and rock n’ roll edge.

Spring Fed Band

A hip-shaking good time, Spring Fed’s concerts feature 60’s cover songs by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Who, Cream, The Doors and more. Spring Fed formed in 1996 with founding members Brian Gibney and Dan MacDonald. The band’s sole focus was writing and releasing original music. Within a year of conception, Spring Fed saw exposure on radio, television, and was touring the east coast. Spring Fed was on regular rotation on Time Warner’s “Best of” sounding board. Over the years members have included Paco Castillo, Dan Welsh, and James Gascoyne on bass. In 2001 Jim McArdle was hired to bring in an additional powerful vocal. The band took an extended hiatus, however, recently returned to revisit their material with new bassist Mark Frederick. Their music blends an emphasis on lyrics and melody, bound with solid musicianship and passion. This concert is FREE and fun for all ages!

Meet-and-Greet with the band during intermission for a CD signing, autographs, and fan photos! For Booking/Media inquiries regarding SPRING FED, contact Lisa Gandia at 518-844-5453 or lgandia@nycap.rr.com.

Food truck, newly opened for the 2016 season, Fat River Foods, will be on site selling popular favorites to keep your bellies full!

This is an all ages show.

If raining, the show will go on either at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion or Long Lake Town Hall. Stay on top of media alerts via www.facebook.com/mylonglake for breaking news and information regarding rain location – if needed.

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Access Biking in the Essex Chain via Long Lake, NY

Some bikers, like me, are looking for back roads, no traffic. Winding, up-and-down dirt roads where the pickups don’t come flying by at 65 miles per hour. Not the single-track obstacle courses favored by many of the devotees of mountain bikes, but hard-packed dirt roads, where two people can ride side by side, talk about the scenery, get some good exercise, and not worry about either speed records or motorized traffic.

Mud Pond

Mud Pond

There’s an ideal place for this sort of biking in the Town of Newcomb, in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex recently bought by the state and opened to the public in 2015. I took my fat-tire bike there one sunny day late last August, got to see some new territory, and worked up a serious sweat.

I drove in to the Deer Pond parking area, unloaded my bike, and set off, heading east. It’s rolling and occasionally steep, right from the start. (The roads in there are a little confusing and not yet well marked, so before you go, download this map from the DEC.)

Proposed Essex Chain Bike Routes

Proposed Essex Chain Bike Routes

The first lake you come to is Fifth Lake, a lovely, characteristically Adirondack pond, which empties, in a not exactly scenic way, into Fourth Lake through a huge culvert, over which the road passes.

Trail Junction

Trail Junction

From there you bend south and pedal through the woods to a junction, marked, with humor, by the rod-and-gun club that used to lease these lands. Turn right, and you’ll head south toward Indian Lake. Bear left, as I did, and you continue east, toward the Hudson.

I huffed and puffed, up one hill and down another, as the road winds through the woods, sometimes with vistas across some recent logging sites, more often with the forest up close. I passed a side trail to Jackson Pond, saving it for my return trip, and eventually made my way to what is known as the Polaris Bridge, straddling the wild Hudson River. Good place for lunch.

Polaris Bridge

Polaris Bridge

At this point the road going further east is closed to the public, so it was time to head back to the car, retracing my route, with a detour to Jackson Pond, probably the scenic highlight of the day. This is a stunning little body of water that no car or truck can reach. You can walk to it or ride your bike. No motors on it, and no motors can reach it. Idyllic—the Adirondacks at their best.

Don’t forget your water bottle!

Info on the Essex Chain of Lake Biking from the NYS DEC website. Link Here.

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Nearly 20 miles of administrative roads in the Complex are open for bicycling. The roads open for bicycle use are in Bike Map and in the following list:
• 8.5 miles of the Chain Lakes Road North from the Goodnow Flow Road to the Cedar River;
• 1.5 miles of the Drake’s Mill Road from Chain Lakes Road North to the Hudson River Access Site at the Polaris (Iron) Bridge;
• 2.5 miles of road from the Chain Lakes Road North to the Deer Pond Parking Area;
• 2.5 miles of road looping around Deer Pond;
• 0.3 mile of road from Chain Lakes North to Jackson Pond;
• 3.0 miles of the Chain Lakes Road South from the Outer Gooley Parking Area to the Cedar River; and
• 1.0 mile of road from the Chain Lakes Road South to Pine Lake.

Best access to the Essex Chain of Lakes from Long Lake is via the Town of Newcomb and down Goodnow Flow Road. Long Lake offers year-round accommodations, lodgings, gas, retail and convenience stores. Long Lake is centrally located to a great variety of Adirondack recreation for all skill levels.

Biking is prohibited beyond the Polaris (Iron) Bridge into the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.
Bicyclist should not travel on the Goodnow Flow Road beyond the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North. The Goodnow Flow Road becomes a private road shortly after the DEC sign for “Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson River Access” sign at the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North. Turn left at the sign on to the Chain Lakes Road North.

Thanks to Andy Murray for his guest writing.

Long Lake on WTEN News!

The Town of Long Lake NY Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department extends a huge thank you to Steve Caporizzo for featuring us on the News 10 ABC WTEN on Tuesday, December 22nd. The weather this year has been warmer than usual, but not to fear, it rained so much on Christmas Eve last year all our accumlation had disappeared, so don’t give up on our winter activities! We’re here and ready to kick it up.

We start off with New Years Eve, Free Transportation to our local establishments and parties from anywhere in town. Yes, free transport. Just call 518-323-5001 and Cindy and Diane will get you to where you need to be. It’s an all ages shuttle. Kids are invited to a New Years Eve Pizza Party at the Geiger Arena. Bobby Helms is our Ice Rink Attendant this year, and he’ll have games, Wii, movies, and pizza (yes, all free) for the kids! If it’s cold enough they can watch him start making ice. The Geiger Pizza Night is from 6pm – 10pm and the Little Bus will get the kids to and from so Mom and Dad can relax.

Christmas Display in Long Lake, NY December 2014.  What a difference a year makes.

Christmas Display in Long Lake, NY December 2014. What a difference a year makes.

Mid-December 2015. Christmas Display in Long Lake, NY.

Mid-December 2015. Christmas Display in Long Lake, NY.

The Feelin’ Long Lakey Polar Plunge to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project happens on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 1pm. Registration Forms found here. Location: Long Lake Town Beach. Awards and Live Music at 2pm, Adirondack Hotel (right across the street)

We hope you join us!

Have a great holiday season. Here are the photos featured from Steve Caporizzo’s WTEN New 10 report tonight. Thanks!

From my family to yours!
Have a safe Holiday season! Come see us!
Alexandra Roalsvig and the whole Team at Long Lake Parks and Recreation
Cindy Black, Steph Hample, Erik Arsenault, Wayne Kavanaugh, Steven Laprairie and Bobby Helms.

Moose Sighting in Long Lake

Joan Collins from Adirondack Avian Expeditions, a local birding and guiding expert, travels frequently, early in the morning and spots incredible wildlife. On September 21, 2015 Joan photographed this Bull Moose along Route 28N in Long Lake (about 3/4 miles past the rest area) heading towards Newcomb at 8 a.m.

Moose on route 28N in Long Lake NY in the Adirondacks

Moose on route 28N in Long Lake NY in the Adirondacks

Joan stopped for a sad reason, having spotted a dead baby Black Bear in the middle of the road. Joan was in the car trying to find something that to pull the bear out of the road when she glanced in the rearview mirror and saw the huge animal entering the highway behind the vehicle. Joan grabbed her camera and stayed by the car with the door open, ready for a quick getaway in case the moose decided to get aggresive. Based on Joan’s account she was amazed at the length of time the bull took to stare at her. As the bull moose walked a few steps toward her when a car came along and frightened it off the road. Two men who work for the highway department showed up a few seconds later and told her it was the third (road-killed) baby bear they have retrieved in the past month. It was extremely foggy this morning, which likely explained this death.

Wildlife moves about in the fall as they prepare and gear up for the winter season. Driver’s should be alert on the roadways, as one never knows what to expect. Moose, squirrels, deer, bears and turkey’s pose dangerous road hazards particularly in the fall.

As a licensed guide Joan Collins leads hiking trips and excursions for the Town of Long Lake. Joan operates her own wildlife birding and guiding service. Joan Collins is a New York State licensed bird guide, bird walk leader, writer, and speaker on ornithology topics. She has led walks and made presentations for many organizations including Audubon, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association. Joan also belongs to the ranks of the intrepid Adirondack 46ers (having climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks over 4,000 feet). Visit her website for more information.

Photo by Joan Collins of Adirondack Avian Expeditions

Photo by Joan Collins of Adirondack Avian Expeditions

Photo by Joan Collins, Adirondack Avian Expeditions

Photo by Joan Collins, Adirondack Avian Expeditions

Moose stares down Joan Collins in Long Lake NY.  Photo by Joan Collins, Adirondack Avian Expeditions

Moose stares down Joan Collins in Long Lake NY. Photo by Joan Collins, Adirondack Avian Expeditions

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