The Great Sacandaga Lake Association is a member supported organization on the Great Sacandaga Lake in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. Founded in 1953, membership is open to people who work, recreate, visit or live on the Great Sacandaga. If you love the lake and want to preserve its beauty..... JOIN the Great Sacandaga Lake Association today!
NEW FEATURE - CHECK ON THE GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE LEVEL - NEW FEATURE
Make sure your docks and boats are safe! Take a look at the lake level to see how we are doing in relation to the year-to-date elevation --- See LAKE LEVEL.
NEW PROGRAM - SAFE LAKE INITIATIVE
The GSLA is a member of the SAFE LAKE Initiative. The group which includes the Sheriffs of Fulton and Saratoga Counties, ENCON, State Police and Fire Departments as well as individuals and organizations around the lake was established to promote safety on the Great Sacandaga.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF RICHARD GIARDINO
Saturday September 8th is looking to be a very busy day on the Great Sacandaga Lake. We understand there are events at both Wally's and Sand Island.
Please be aware we are having a major joint training exercise on the Lake that same day including several agencies: the NYS Navy Militia, the Fulton County Sheriff's Boat Patrol and Sonar Unit, the Saratoga Sheriff's Boat Patrol and Dive Team, the NYSP Boat Patrol and the NYS Encon Patrol.
Training areas will be well designated so please avoid those areas.
Again be safe and for the safety of your family and friends and to prevent damage to your boat please exit the lake by dusk.
WATER QUALITY ON THE GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE (JULY 2018): We have provided a short summary of the first sampling of the year. Members of the GSLA have already received this text as well as a copy of the report! Maybe it is time for YOU to become a member of the GSLA! See our MEMBER PROCESS page for details on benefits and membership. Enjoy the beautiful and safe lake!
The first round of bacterial samples were collected from the Great Sacandaga Lake last week (July 16-20, 2018). Lake surface temperatures were between 76 and 78oF, lake level was normal and water clarity was good at all locations. Bacterial levels were uniformly low and all samples were well within NYS Contact Recreation Standards for swimming and wading. Both Allentown Creek and Woods Hollow Marina have higher levels of bacteria than any of the other lakeshore sites. However, both are well below the contact recreation limit of 1000 fecal coliform bacteria/100 milliliters of sample. Woods Hollow Marina is at the confluence of the Kennyetto Creek and Great Sacandaga Lake. The Kennyetto drains the urban areas of Broadalbin and numerous cow pastures, all of which contribute some bacteria to the creek. Allentown Creek has scattered homes upstream of the sampling point and may also include some agriculture. The next round of sample collection will be in mid-August. (Lawrence W. Eichler, Research Scientist, Darrin Fresh Water Institute)
GSLA HOLD THE DATE: YOU ARE INVITED by the Great Sacandaga Lake SAFE LAKE Initiative Working Group, to attend the first of its kind "JET SKI SAFETY DAY". The event will be based at Northampton Campground on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm.
The event format is really very simple. We will erect a Sea-Doo EZ-UP tent along with 20' teardrop flags on the shoreline of the South Point so that the designated area is visible from land and water. Law enforcement officers from the Sheriffs' Departments of Fulton and Saratoga County, the New York State Police and New York State Encon will be present to answer jet ski safety and regulatory questions. Members of the SAFELAKE Initiative will act as icebreaking liaisons to facilitate conversation between law enforcement officers and jet ski operators concerning safe jet ski operation on the lake. We hope YOU join us on August 4 at the Northampton Campground to share your thoughts with other jet ski operators and expand YOUR jet ski education.
GSLA HOLD THE DATE: The annual GSLA Membership Meeting will be held on August 17, 2018. A mailing is forthcoming with Director Ballots and By-Law changes. The meeting will include presentations by the Sheriffs of Saratoga and Fulton Counties and the Interim Executive Director from the Regulating District. MARK YOU CALENDAR!
GSLA FREE BOATER SAFETY CLASSES: The GSLA has released the dates for this summer's boater safety classes through the member GSLA e-burst. Please contact the GSLA through firstname.lastname@example.org for access to this member benefit program if you have not received your GSLA e-burst alert. Non-members may apply for a spot on the space available list. Non-members will be advised of space at the class prior to the class date. See the BOATER SAFETY tab for more information.
LAKE LEVEL REPORT: The latest May, 2018 report has been prepared by GSLA Vice President and Chair of the Lake Level Committee. The report was distributed first by the GSLA member-only e-burst and is now found on our GSLA REPORTS tab on this website.
FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION BBQ/PIG ROAST: You are invited to a BBQ/PIG ROAST on June 3rd, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Park, 12 Pine Street, Broadalbin, NY (across from Kenyetto/Broadalbin Fire Dept. on Route 29). Main mean at 2:30 p.m.
Vinny Michael's Band will be performing. There will be a Bouncy-Bounce for kids and several items from the Department on display. The K-9, Operation Safe Child and Yellow Dot Programs will also be present.
Cost is $20 per person, children 14 and under free. PLEASE PRE-PAY.
Please mail by May 25the to insure proper count to: FCSA, c/o Fulton County Sheriff's Office, PO Box 20, Johnstown, NY 12095.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED: As seen in the note below, the Sheriff of Fulton County focused his attention on some important features of life on our lake! He asked for help to identify the Jet Skiers who allegedly ran over ducklings in Saratoga County; heightened boater safety awareness; identified substantial littering on Sand Island and called for lake users to respect the exclusive permit held by the Mayfield Yacht Club for Beacon Island.
The Great Sacandaga Lake Boating Community Invitation to the Sand Island Cleanup
We are happy to report action on addressing the first two of these issues. Social media exploded in concern for assisting in identifying the Jet Skiers. Littering on Sand Island was addressed by a call to action on the GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE BOATING COMMUNITY facebook page (see picture above) and positive results on the island.. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Hopefully, all future visitors to Sand Island will endorse the CARRY ON .... CARRY OFF motto! How are we doing on Navigation Law violations and the rights of permit holders on Beacon Island?
PRESS RELEASE - FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - ISSUES RELATING TO GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE: There are several organizations including the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, the Sheriffs of Saratoga and Fulton Counties, the Great Sacandaga Lake Association, the Sacandaga Protection Committee and the Property Owners Association of Day who have been working on lake issues.
Sheriff Rich Giardino of Fulton County issued a press release on issues related to the Great Sacandaga including: 1) Jet-Skiers Allegedly Running Over Ducklings Near Batchellerville Bridge; 2) General Safety Issues; 3) Substantial Littering on Sand Island and Other Islands; and 4) Beacon Island A.K.A. Yacht Club Island (indicates that the Mayfield Yacht Club is the current exclusive permit holder). The text for the Press Release can be found on the Fulton County Sheriff's Facebook page or on our BOATER SAFETY page.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELLATION: At the recommendation of the Sheriffs of Saratoga and Fulton County, the GSLA has cancelled the annual membership meeting which was scheduled for this evening (August 4, 2017) at 6:30 p.m. This cancellation is made because of storms, power outages and downed trees. Please be SAFE!
DIRECTOR BALLOT: Members have received or shortly will receive the summer GSLA Newsletter. The newsletter contains the names of candidates for board positions. Ballots may be returned by mail or through e-mail using this website DIRECTORBALLOT page.
INVITATION TO RACE FROM THE MYC: The Mayfield Yacht Club has announced the following schedule for the summer season and hopes that the lake community will join! Long Distance Race (June 24, 2017); Charity Cup Regatta (July 29-30, 2017); and Back to School Regatta (September 9, 2017). Information available from Mike Hands, MYC Race Chair, at email@example.com See you on the water!
WOODWORKING AND FINE ARTS WEEKEND: Event sponsored by the Northville Rotary Club in Northville (July 14, 15, 16, 2017). More information at: WOODWORKING! We are expecting to have a booth, stop by and say hello!
FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF ADVISES LAKE RESIDENTS OF INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE ON THE GREAT SACANDAGA: On May 22, 2017, Sheriff Richard Giardino advised the lake residents of increased law enforcement activity on the Great Sacandaga. The announcement appears under the BOATER SAFETY tab.
FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES FREE BOATER SAFETY CLASS: On Monday April 17th and Tuesday April 18th, 2017, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office will be offering the New York State Boaters Safety Course. The Course will be offered at the Fulton County EOC, located at 2712 NYS Hwy 29, Johnstown, N.Y. 12095. The course times will be from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on both days. Students must attend both dates to obtain the certificate.
The course is free to the public and is required for any persons born after May 1, 1996 who intend on operating a boat and any person regardless of age who intends on operating a personal watercraft.
Students must be at least 10 years of age on the date of the course, must attend all 8 hours of instruction and pass the written exam.
Seating is limited and pre registration is required by contacting Investigator Keith M. Manners at (518) 736-2119.
E-BURST FOR GSLA MEMBERS: Thelatest version of the member-only e-burst contains the latest information on boater safety classes offered by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and a copy of the New York State teaching manual used in the boater safety classes.
GSLA BOARD ELECTIONS: All paid members of the GSLA will receive a mailing from the GSLA within the next two weeks with the names of those individuals seeking re-election to the GSLA Board. Members may complete an electronic ballot by using the DIRECTOR BALLOT tab on this website or through mailing the ballot to our Northville address.
GSLA BOATER SAFETY UPDATE: The first two boater safety classes are full! Members are requested to contact the GSLA by email if interested in enrolling in the class in July. Remember that classes are FREE for GSLA members.
*****START SAILING WITH THE GREAT SACANDAGA COMMUNITY FLEET*****: In order to expand its promotion of sailing on the Great Sacandaga, the GSLA Board made a donation to the 'Community Fleet' which exists to 'plan, promote and stage sailing events on the Great Sacandaga'. If you have a sailboat, intend to buy one, want to crew on someone's boat or are generally interested ..... see GO SAILING! The lake is a great place to be ......
SACANDAGA POWER SQUADRON: The Power Squadron provides boater safety education. Information is available at BOATER SAFETY.
REGULATING DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: The Hudson River Black River Regulating District announced the appointment of Robert J. Smullen as the new Executive Director of the Regulating District.
GSLA ANNOUNCES BOATER SAFETY CLASSES: GSLAmembers are eligible for FREE boating safety classes. Family members may enroll their immediate family as well as grandchildren! The dates and location were provided to all members by GSLA e-burst during the past week. Please contact the GSLA by email if you have not received the dates. The classes are filling rapidly. See you at class!
FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES BBQ: A fundraiser for the K-9 fund, the boat patrol, training and equipment will be held on June 5th in Broadalbin. More information at BOATER SAFETY. (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY MAY 27, 2016)
GSLA FREE BOATER SAFETY COURSES: The GSLA is awaiting final approval for our summer boater safety courses. Courses are offered for FREE to GSLA members and offered to non-members on a space available basis. Members will be advised of the upcoming dates by the member GSLA e-burst when the dates are approved by New York State. Boater safety courses are required for all individuals born after May 1, 1996. See complete requirements on our BOATER SAFETYlink.
GSLA ANNOUNCES NEW BOATER SAFETY INITIATIVES: On January 14, 2016, the GSLA announced a modification in the 'optional donation' program as well as a donation to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department to bring boat patrols back to the Great Sacandaga. The entire statement can be found on the BOATER SAFETY tab.
GSLA RELEASES WATER LEVEL REPORT ON WEBSITE: The Association has released the August 30, 2015 Water Level Report which was previously shared with members on August 31, 2015. This report was released exclusively to GSLA members. Readers may access the report by linking to the GSLA REPORT tab.
GSLA RELEASES PUBLIC SERVICE BULLETIN ON 'RING OF FIRE': The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a statement concerning the HIGH FIRE DANGER which may result from the lack of precipitation before the Ring of Fire celebration on the Great Sacandaga (September 6, 2015). The message which was released by exclusive GSLA e-burst to members details the precautions which will keep the celebration safe. The bulletin can be found at: DEC WARNING.
GSLA RELEASES LAKE LEVEL REPORT: TheGSLA releases the latest in a series of summer reports on the Great Sacandaga Lake water level. The report discusses the low water levels during the month of August, 2015. The report is available exclusively to GSLA members on August 31, 2015 through the GSLA e-burst. The report discusses the Offer of Settlement and compliance with the agreement by the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. The report will be posted for non-members on this website within seven (7) days.
SECOND INTERIM GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE COLIFORM MONITORING REPORT: The final report is available un the GSLA REPORTStab. This report is included with the findings for 2014 and the first report for July, 2015.
GSLA ESTABLISHES A WORK GROUP TO REVIEW BOAT SPEED AND NOISE ON THE GREAT SACANDAGA: In response to member concerns, the GSLA established a work group to report to the membership on the issues of boat noise and boat speed on the Great Sacandaga. See WORK GROUP.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING REPORT SENT TO MEMBERS: The latest report was sent by e-burst to all members. If you have not received the e-burst and are a current member of the GSLA .... please send an email requesting a copy of the report.
2015 GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE COLIFORM MONITORING PROGRAM - FIRST INTERIM REPORT (07/23/15): The latest report is available under the GSLA REPORTS tab. The results have been presented with those of 2014 to allow easy multi-year comparison for each site. Interim testing was conducted on July 20, 2015.
MEMBER COMMUNICATION (07/02/15): The Great Sacandaga Lake Association NEWSLETTER is being printed and will be mailed to all members shortly. The NEWSLETTER as is tradition, contains the names of members being proposed for service on the GSLA board. Please take a moment to review the information. Members may submit their votes either by using the postal service or by using this website (DIRECTOR BALLOT).
GSLA WATER LEVEL COMMITTEE HIGH WATER REPORT UPDATE (07/02/15): The water level committee has reported that increased precipitation at the end of June will cause an increase of water level. Lake residents are reminded to secure their docks, boats and belongings. Boaters should be aware that mooring buoys may be below water. Boaters should take caution to avoid mooring buoys as well as floating debris.
NORTHVILLE ROTARY'S 7TH ANNUAL WOODWORKING AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL (07/01/15): The GSLA will have a booth at the Festival in Northville which will be held from July 17-19, 2015. See the Woodworking Festival Announcement for further information. Stop by the GSLA booth for materials.
FIREWORKS AT LANZI'S ON THE LAKE (DATE CORRECTION)(07/01/15): The fireworks display will be held on FRIDAY, July 3, 2015. Set your date to JULY 3, 2015!
GSLA WATER LEVEL COMMITTEE HIGH WATER REPORT (HIGH WATER POTENTIAL): Dave Smail, GSLA Vice-President and Chair of the GSLA Water Level Committee has issued a warning concerning potential high water conditions on the Great Sacandaga. The report is filed under GSLA REPORTS.
GSLA WATER LEVEL COMMITTEE ISSUES REPORT: Dave Smail, GSLA Vice-President and Chair of the Water Level Committee explains 'Where Did All the Water Go?'. See WATER LEVEL REPORT.
STATE INTRODUCES ONLINE BOATER SAFETY OPTION: New York State has announced an online boater safety option. See BOATER SAFETY for more information.
GSLA BOARD APPROVES BOATER SAFETY BROCHURE: The GSLA Board approved a new boater safety brochure to post on this website. The brochure provides basic boater safety and lake information which can be shared with friends, neighbors and family to help make boating safer on the Great Sacandaga. See BOATER SAFETY.
2014 SACANDAGA EXPRESS ARTICLE ON BOAT NOISE AND SPEED: Our friends at the SACANDAGA EXPRESS provided us with a comprehensive article on boat noise, speed and regulations on the lake. It is worth a read! See SACANDAGA EXPRESS.
The Great Sacandaga is a man-made reservoir providing recreational opportunities to residents and visitors alike in all four seasons of the year.
The Great Sacandaga Lake is a 29 mile long reservoir with 125 miles of shoreline and a total capacity of 37.75 billion cubic feet located in Saratoga and Fulton Counties in New York State. The lake was completed in the early 1930's and benefited commercial, electrical utilities and flood control interests. Waters released from the Conklingville Dam continue through the Sacandaga River until meeting the Hudson River and eventually the Atlantic Ocean at New York City. Towns on the lake include Mayfield and Broadalbin in the South and Northville, Edinburg and Day in the North. The lake is protected by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District.
Since the 1930's, the Great Sacandaga Lake has evolved into a four season recreational destination for residents of the North East. The lake is home for Northhampton State Park operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and public boat launches as well as marinas. Lake activities include golfing, camping, fishing, motor and sailboating, water skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
The Great Sacandaga Lake Association (GSLA) extends a warm welcome to all visitors to the Great Sacandaga regardless of the season! The GSLA appreciates the membership support which allows the Association to on its members' behalf to preserve the beauty of our gateway to the Adirondacks.
The Great Sacandaga Lake community welcomes everyone EXCEPT invasive species! If you are visiting our lake and bringing a boat, please ensure that you are not transporting aquatic plants or animals on your boat, trailer or in a holding tank. We thank you for your assistance in maintaining the quality of water in our lake.