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20 Reasons to come up to Long Lake & Raquette Lake in the Winter

Don’t let the weather fool you into thinking that we don’t have lots of activities happening in and around our area. Winter recreation has baffled many of us this season, but there are still tons of activities to do to get you out of your cabin fever funk and trying new things that you’ve never experienced before.

Check out this list of activities happening in our area kicking off this weekend Feb 27th – March 5th. There is definitely something for everyone. Look on the bright-side, the roads have been pretty clear all winter so the driving is a breeze!


20 Reasons to come up to Long Lake & Raquette Lake in the Winter
1. It looks different than it does in the summer.
2. People wearing hats are just funnier.
3. People not wearing hats when it’s cold outside look funny too.
4. People aren’t as busy in the winter, so they have more time to get to know you.
5. Lines are shorter at The Wild Center
6. You can spend more time hugging the bear at the Adirondack Hotel
7. Hoss’s and the ADK Trading Post sometimes double as aquariums (ask)
8. The seaplanes don’t get in the way of the view
9. The Winter Boat is actually the same as the Durant
10. Hot dogs and hot chocolate taste way better in February
11. The towns don’t really have a gate that locks up after Labor Day
12. We have electricity year round
13. Not everyone has chains on their tires
14. Cold air is rejuvinating
15. Plenty of dining options
16. Drinking craft beer in the winter is enriching
17. The quietness of the lakes is peaceful
18. You can visit with Bobby up at the ice skating rink and hear about his adventures in Alaska
19. You can see buckets attached to trees gearing up for early Maple Season
20. Hey Jude the Tribute plays a live Beatles Concert and that unto itself is super fabulous.


Geiger Arena Ice Skating Rink Hours
Friday 2:30pm – 10pm
Saturday 1pm – 10pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm
Call 518-624-3031 for hours & conditions
Foosball and games available too in case of inclement weather.

Long Lake Public Library Weekend Hours
Call 518-624-3825
Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm

Raquette Lake Scavenger Hunt
When Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
Where Village of Raquette Lake
Meet in the village. Cash Prizes! Follow the list and score make the big win. Everyone welcome to participate!

The Ice Job by Raquette Lake Supply will also be happening during the RL Scavenger Hunt. Please be mindful of parking in the Village of Raquette Lake.

The Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit, 1pm, Fern Park in Inlet
The Town of Inlet hosts the Fire & Ice Festival this weekend featuring the 4th race in the Adirondack Cardbaord Sled Racing Circuit. One step away from Nascar, this is a great family event!

Lebanese Night at The Cellar

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, 3 Kickerville Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847
All inclusive meal from $18.95 includes “Fattoush,” Bread Salad, Entree choices include “Samat Chicken” or “Kefta” and Dessert, “Namurra”

Do not miss out on this special dining experience in Long Lake, NY

Open Mike Night
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
Adirondack Hotel On Long Lake, 1245 Main St, Long Lake, NY 12847, United States (map)
Always the last Saturday of every month. Musicians sign up and perform a max of three songs (and sometimes more) Hosted by Terry Chaikin. Rock and roll, folk, fiddle, bluegrass, originals, groups, and so much more. Everyone welcome to sign up. Great artists have been broken on this stage! (really!) Kicks off at 8pm-11pm.

Living with Beavers
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016
Adirondack Museum (map)
“Living with Beavers” with John Warren and Charlotte Demers
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Delve into the impact of human intervention on historic and contemporary beaver populations in the Adirondacks.

Adult/Kid’s Ice Fishing Derby
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
Geiger Arena (map)
Registration 6am Geiger Arena
No entry Fee. Teams of Adult and Child under 15 fish the waters of Long Lake, Lake Eaton or South Pond. Cash Prizes for pike, perch, trout.
Registration at the Geiger Arena starts at 6am. Tip ups and lines in at 7am. Weigh in at 3pm at the Geiger Arena
Sponsored by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club.
Pizza served at weigh in. Cash prizes!

Winter Boat Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
Raquette Lake Navigation Co. – Cruise & Dine on the W.W. Durant, Raquette Lake, NY 13436, United States (map)
End of the Season Customer Appreciation Party
5$ donation to RLFD and Ambulance fund gets you:
Draft beer and sangria
50/50 tickets with door prizes drawn all day
BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs

Hey Jude The Tribute
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016

Hey Jude the Beatles Cover Tribute Band warms helps bust Long Laker’s out of Cabin Fever with classic hits that span the 10 years of The Beatles. Full costumes and characters. Step back in time for a real authentic concert experience
$12 pre-sale or $15 at the door.
Tickets available from The Town of Long Lake
Checks payable to Town of Long Lake, PO Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847

The Wild Center
Fridays – Sunday’s all winter
The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, United States (map)

The Wild Center is open every weekend in the winter from 10am – 5pm, Friday thru Sunday

Family Weekends
Every week will feature a different nature themed watercolor painting project in Moments, our interactive space where you can discover the intersections of nature and art. Grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails to explore on your own or on a guided naturalist walk or simply relax inside with The Wild Center’s river otters, a featured film and a warm beverage while you explore The Wild Center’s exhibits and see an Adirondack animal up close. Family Weekends are free for members or with paid admission which includes free use of snowshoes.

Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners

The offical results from the Long Lake Winter Carnival are in. Happening on Saturday, January 16th, the light rain didn’t dissuade folks from coming out to see the crowning of the royalty. Steve and Shelley Gilbert have owned property in Long Lake for many years, cherishing their family vacation home in all seasons. Avid snowmobiliers, Steve and Shelley have been members of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club for years. When asked how they felt to be crowned the royalty, “We were delighted to be asked. What an honor, to be part of Long Lake History. We couldn’t be happier” When asked why they missed the town – wide photo, “we’re royalty now, we had to go home and take a nap,” said Shelley, but when pushed she admited, she and Steve stopped in at a local pub to greet their adoring fans. “We had a ball! Thank you so much Long Lake!”

Royalty 2016
King and Queen-Steve and Shelley Gilbert, of Hicksville and Long Lake, NY

King and Queen of the Long Lake Winter Carnival 2016 Steve & Shelley Gilbert

King and Queen of the Long Lake Winter Carnival 2016 Steve & Shelley Gilbert

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1st Jeff Glick and Eric Smeland – 40 Points

12 and Under Individual Sled Race
1st -Matthew King
2nd- Harrison Hall
3rd- tied Annalise Penrose and Daphne Seaman -tie

12 and under Team Race
1st-Brendan, Evan and Marrissa Walker
2nd-Makenzi, Luke and Kaleb Keller
3rd-Pailin Hample and Antwon Gachowski

13-17 Team Sled Race
1st-Anna and Hannah Keller
2nd-Lillian Dechene, Karlee Rochstroh, Harry Katz and Ethan Kohn

18 and up Solo
1st-Sam Keller
2nd-Paul Roalsvig
3rd-Sheri Cook

18 & Up Team Race
1st-Leslie and Ed Walker
2nd-Matt Hay and Prudence Dechene
3rd- Cathy Hunt and Debbie Clemente, Sisters Corn

The Cardboard Sled Races are always a popular favorite. It took a little longer than anticipated to get the races organized because as Events Coordinator Steph Hample explained, “We had a lot of sleds and some accidentally signed up in the wrong categories and some registered at the last minute, so we had to redo the brackets at the top of the hill and my hands were cold!” But the races went off without a hitch. No injuries, no course corrections needed and only a few sleds blew around the backside of the safety hay bales. Course conditions started out with a slow hill, slowed down by the light rain, but as the racers took multiple heats, they figured out the best place to position themselves to make it down the hill expeditiously.

There were plenty of creative sleds in the race this year. Long Lake Camp for the Arts provided a space for construction engineers to forumlate designs, ideas and plans. Seven sleds emerged from the workshops including the crowd-wowing Millenium Falcon and the replica of the trail groomer the Pisten Bully Paana, used on the Long Lake Snowmobile Trails.

Best in Show
Millenium Falcon designed by Richard Dechene, Jim Waite
Pisten Bully Groomer by Jim Waite
John Deere Tractor Christopher Pritchet

Jim Waite and Richard Dechene crafted the Millenium Falcon.  Winner Best in Show!  The Force has AWOKEN in Long Lake

Jim Waite and Richard Dechene crafted the Millenium Falcon. Winner Best in Show! The Force has AWOKEN in Long Lake

Wackiest Hat
1st-Christine Hickey
2nd-Abbie Roalsvig
3rd-Clarisse Glandon

Co-ed Golf
1st- Chuck Frost, Bree Waite, Lillian Dechene, Richard Dechene
Goalie’s Day Off- Erik Arsenault

Laura Young lifts and hurls her frying pan down the course

Laura Young lifts and hurls her frying pan down the course

Shari LaPlant has claimed her spot at the podium back when the Frying Pan toss was first introduced to Long Lake.

Shari LaPlant has claimed her spot at the podium back when the Frying Pan toss was first introduced to Long Lake.

Ladies Frying Pan Toss
1st-Jess Plumley
2nd-Bree Waite
3rd-Kelly Brown

Men’s Feats of Strength
1st-Jed Locy 23 feet 7 inches
2nd-Richard Dechene 21 feet 2 inches
3rd-Bobby Helms 20 feet 9 inches

1st-Team Ramrod, Austin Pierce, Trevor Montayne, Branden Tokarz, Andy Snide, Bobby Helms

Over $950 in cash prizes were distributed.

Special Thanks to
Michelle and Tom Donnelly, Bonfire
Jules Pierce and Hoss’s Country Corner for mini-golf clubs, popcorn bags and volunteering her time
Kelly Brown, Michelle Donnelly, Jules Pierce and Melanie Marcone as judges
Cliff Ross and Marty Pierce as line judges for Ladies Frying Pan Toss
Gabe Farr and NYSEG for Tug Of War
Dave and Vickie Snide for running the broomball tournament
The Long Lake Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary for excellent chili and hot dogs!
Long Lake Real Estate – Sponsor of Co-Ed Team Golf
Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub – Sponsors of One-Shot Hockey Prizes
Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club – Sponsors of Broomball Prizes
Town of Long Lake – Cardboard Sled Races, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Feats of Strength
Jim Swedberg, Official Event Photographer – all photos posted on this blog page by Jim Swedberg
The Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
American Fireworks

The Town of Long Lake can be found on Twitter,

Proof of Life!  The Long Lake Town Wide Photo!  Did you make it in the photo in 2016?

Proof of Life! The Long Lake Town Wide Photo! Did you make it in the photo in 2016?

For More Photos click on our Long Lake Facebook Page

Winter Carnival Schedule Announced

The Town of Long Lake and Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club will host the annual Winter Carnival Weekend from Friday, January 15th through Saturday, January 16th.

Next weekend weather outlook looks good for winter activities with light snow predicted throughout next week with temps for Saturday, January 16 looking to be about a balmy 27 degrees! So come on out!

Friday Night Concert!

C.C. Vagabonds, a gypsy jazz band, will be performing a concert for the LL Library “Café Livre” series on Friday, January 15th at 7pm. The Vagabonds represent blend Django Reinhardt style with modern takes on classics and jazz standards. The concert is free and will be at the CVW Long Lake Public Library at 1195 Main Street, Long Lake, NY.

We have our own Feelin' Long Lakey Selfie Board! Instagram #mylonglake

We have our own Feelin’ Long Lakey Selfie Board! Instagram #mylonglake

2016 Winter Carnival Long Lake Promo

On Saturday, January 16th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, coronation of the King and Queen and the first stop on the award-winning Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1pm. Prizes are awarded for speed and for Best In Show Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Categories are broken up by age group and teams.

New for 2016 will be the Men’s Strength Challenge to complement the Ladies Frying Pan Toss. The Wackiest Hat competition returns with a parade, voting and winners announced at 2pm. Returning in 2016 is Co-Ed Golf replacing the Men’s Golf Drive.

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks. This event happens snow, rain or shine.

Fireworks delight the crowd in a wondrous display

Fireworks delight the crowd in a wondrous display

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Parade
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Race and Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Three Hole Golf, Teams welcome
1:45pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – Awards for Cardboard Sled Racing and Wackiest Hat Announced
2:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm – Kids Events – Miniature Golf, Tug O War, Snow Maze & Ice Cube Spoon Race
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm – Men’s Feats of Strength Challenge – New for 2016!
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament – Teams of 5 sign up by 3pm.
6:30pm – Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. This event is free. Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town. Call 518-323-5001 for a ride. Open to the public.

After the Winter Carnival check out our local pubs, retail stores and restaurants for a hot toddie, meal and entertainment.

Adirondack Growl and Grub serving deli sandwiches, beer, wine & cider until 10am-7pm. Behind Hoss’s. 518.624.2816
ADK Trading Post. 1601 Tupper Road. Homemade soup, panini’s and gifts. 518.624.2357
Adirondack Hotel serves dinner until 9pm and offers live music with Eric Peter at 9pm. 518.624.4700
Ali Babas Liquors, 1601 Tupper Road. 518.624.2020
Cellar Restaurant and Pub serving dinner from 4:30pm – 8pm. Jukebox and Pool Table 518.624.5539
Hoss’s Country Corner, Gifts, Fishing Gear, Warm Clothing 518.624-2481
Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, Pub open. 518.624.3941
Kickerville Station, Groceries, Gear and Deli. 518,624.2178

Shamrock Motel & Cottages 518.624.3861
Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700

For more information about Long Lake, or call 518-624-3077.

The Royal Family is always crowned at the start of the Carnival

The Royal Family is always crowned at the start of the Carnival

Carol and Kay, the reigning Princesses turn over the kingdom!

Carol and Kay, the reigning Princesses turn over the kingdom!

Central Adirondacks Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit 2016

The Towns of Long Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake, Inlet and Speculator have joined forces for the Fourth Annual Great Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Cardboard Sled Races are held in conjunction with multiple winter festivals and carnivals throughout the central Adirondacks during the winter months.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit kicks off in Long Lake, January 16, 2016 at the Winter Carnival

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit kicks off in Long Lake, January 16, 2016 at the Winter Carnival

Cardboard Sled racing has grown in popularity in the last several years. The LaPorte Family of Eagle Bay has won the coveted Grand Prize for the last two years in a row, usurping Bob Lewin’s win for Daddy’s Folly in 2013. The LaPorte’s designs included two army trucks and 2015 introduced a classic Red Chevy with a functioning trunk allowing room for a hidden rider. The LaPorte’s have been a tough team to beat and organizers look forward to more competitors this winter.

Teams or Solo Racers may enter and are advised to be prepared for heavy snow, icy tracks and the occasional winter thaw to impact the condition of courses. The race circuit is open to all ages, but there will only be one champion.

Racers must use the same sleds regardless of condition. Racers score points for each race they participate in with points awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for speed and 1st, 2nd, 3rd for design and participation. All ages are welcome, but only one champion or team will win.

Winner of the 2015 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit - the LaPorte's with their Cruiser

Winner of the 2015 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit – the LaPorte’s with their Cruiser

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit – GENERAL RULES – 2016

In order to compete in the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit you must enter, race and obtain points from 3 of the 5 participating races using the same sled in each race. Repairs may be made to your sled in between races, but the sled must not be modified from its original construction.

Please note: Home Rules apply at each individual event. Please check at registration for rules.

If you intend to participate in the circuit, please notify race officials at each race you attend, prior to the start of the race and carry your circuit card with you. Racers receive a circuit score card at registration.

General Rules – Some venues may have more requirements and rules. Racers please check with event organizers. The following information are “general rules” to guide you in the construction of your sled and apply to all locations.

– Sled will be inspected to confirm it is the same sled as previous races.
– Sled must be free of sharp edges, pointy objects, or any other feature that may be deemed dangerous by the inspectors.
– Only cardboard may be used
– You may not use: corrugated plastics, other corrugated materials, or wood
– Tapes may be used to hold your sled together.
– No screws, fasteners, nails or staples
– If you do not pass inspection, you may not be allowed to participate or may not be allowed on the hill at all.
– To qualify as a finisher, you must be in or on your sled rather than chasing it or being chased by it as you cross the finish line.

Points Per Circuit Race

1st Place Race – 15 points
2nd Place Race – 10 points
3rd Place Race – 5 points

Place for Design/Decoration – Judged with other circuit racers
1st – 15 points
2nd – 10 points
3rd – 5 points

Participation Per Location – receive 10 points per race. Minimum required to quality to win circuit is 30 points or 3 locations.

Participants will receive score card at each first registration location. Participants must carry card with them to all races. It is the racers responsibility to keep the card and have judges update card with points at each race.

Cardboard Sleds line up at the top of the mountain.

Cardboard Sleds line up at the top of the mountain.

Saturday, January 16th, 1pm, Long Lake, NY. Mt. Sabattis. Long Lake Winter Carnival. Registration at Noon. Race at 1pm. 518-624-3077

Sunday, February 7th, 3pm, McCauley Mountain, Old Forge NY, sponsored by the Town of Webb Junior Class.

Sunday, February 14th at 1pm at the Indian Lake Ski Hill, WinterFest.
Redneck Cardboard & Duct Tape Sled Race. 518-648-5828

Saturday, February 27 Inlet, NY, Frozen Fire and Lights. Race at Fern Park 1pm. 1-866-GO INLET (464-6538)

Saturday, March 5th, Speculator NY, Oak Mountain, 141 Novosel Way, Speculator NY Race 1pm (518)548-3606

No pre-registration necessary. Racers sign up the day of event. All race time starts are subject to change without notice.

Winner of the circuit will be announced at Oak Mountain on March 5th.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit

The communities of Long Lake, Indian Lake, Old Forge, Inlet and Speculator have joined forces to bring the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Races to fruition. The racers must compete in a minimum of three races to qualify for points. The overall points will be counted and the winner will be announced at Oak Mountain and March 1st and awarded a trophy for their efforts.


Here’s a link to a radio interview with last years champion!

NCPR Radio Interview with Bob Lewin, Winner 2013 Adk Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit

Dates & Location for Races:

January 16th 1pm Long Lake, Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area
February 16th Noon – Indian Lake, Indian Lake Ski Hill
February 16th – 3pm -Old Forge, McCauley Mountain
February 22nd – 1pm – Inlet, Fern Park
March 1st – 1pm, Speculator, Oak Mountain

Winter Carnival January 18th

The Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival is on January 18th at Mt. Sabattis.

It kicks off at Noon with a Snowmobile Parade, followed by the coronation of two very special royal guests, bonfire, Cardboard Sled Racing Competition including the first stop on the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit (think NASCAR) In addition to that all ages will enjoy other activities including the Fireman’s Relay on skates, Ballon Chase, Corn Hole, One Shot Basketball, and a highly anticipated Broomball Tournament. Teams of six are welcome to sign up.



The event rounds out with a Fireworks Display. Usually the fireworks go off around 6:30pm, but all depends on the number of broomball teams.

The Long Lake Little Bus will be rolling from 4pm until Last Call. Phone is 518.323-5000. It will pick up all ages to transport guests to area lodgings, Mt. Sabattis and to any local address within Long Lake.

On Sunday the Long Lake Lions Club will be hosting the Northern New York Vintage Snowmobile Races starting at Noon on Jennings Park Pond.


Winter Carnival Schedule: January 18th 2014

All times subject to change without notice.

How to maximize winter fun in Long Lake. Be prepared, dress in layers. Bring sleds, skates, extra clothes and socks if you have little ones.

12pm – Snowmobile Parade
12:15pm – Coronation
12:30pm – Bonfire Lighting – Christmas Trees Welcome
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Races –
1:30pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – One Shot Basketball
2:15pm – Balloon Chase
2:30pm – Adult Golf Drive / Skating Fireman’s Relay (all ages)
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off – Puck Shot
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament
6:15PM – FIREWORKS – Time is approximate – Fireworks end the event, after the Broomball Tournament is over.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
There are five Cardboard Sled Races in the Adirondacks. Participants willing to race in all five have a chance to win a really huge trophy and bragging rights for the year. House rules apply at each individual race.

January 18, – Long Lake
Feb 15 – Old Forge
Feb 16 – Indian Lake
Feb 22 – Inlet
March 1 – Oak Mountain Speculator

All dates and times are tentative – please call 518.624.3077 for more information.

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