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Welcome to the Star Lake Protective Association! 

The SLPA has been dedicated to the preservation of Star Lake for over 100 years!  The Star Lake Protective Association's mission is "to promote the protection and improvement of Star Lake and the surrounding property and environment".  We are a non-regulatory, non-profit organization which conducts meetings twice a year and sponsors recreational events and activities for lake residents and visitors.  See About the SLPA for more information.

Star Lake, located in northern New York State, is a small, pristine lake situated in the western foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Star Lake shares its borders with a hamlet of the same name.  About half of its lake residents live here year-round in winterized homes, enjoying four true "north country" seasons.  Others come to Star Lake on vacations, week-ends or "for the summer" to visit their vacation cottages, some of which are well over 100 years old, built in the true Adirondack camp fashion.  All enjoy the cool, crystal-clear lake water in a great variety of ways.  Fishing, swimming, and all types of water sports and boating are popular.  There is a Star Lake Regatta every year for sailing enthusiasts.  Canoes and kayaks are in abundance.  Many consider their "rafts" the vehicle of choice as they slowly motor around the lake in relative luxury and comfort.  Motor boats and jet skis are also popular for tubing, knee boarding and water skiing.  Star Lake has a sandbar that has been referred to as the "village green," where Star Lakers get together to socialize.  There is something for everyone on this very special little lake. 

This site was developed in March, 2007 and is constantly evolving as new new content is being planned and articles are revised.  You are invited to browse around and come back often for updated or new information.  If you are a member, look for Association news, particularly in the Members' Area (you will need a username and password).  If you are not a member, please consider joining us in our endeavor to keep Star Lake beautiful, clean and safe for all to enjoy for generations to come.  Please feel free to use the multi-purpose Feedback form to comment on the site or ask for information. 

Early Ice-Out April 10, 2017! 
Ice-out is officially called when the vast majority of the lake is navigable and clear of ice, except for minor accumulations in colder bays.  The spring of 2012 marked a record early March 21st ice-out.  Normally, ice-out occurs between the third and fourth week of April, so we are very happy to be able to navigate the lake once again.  So...
Let the 2017 lake season begin!!
We thought, with a mild winter, that we might see another March ice-out this year.  Ice was receding around the shorelines; but it froze again with an early April winter set-back.  Ice began to let go once again on April 8th with very mild temps.  Ice was honey-combed and beginning to get very dark on the 9th, when the raft motor was put on, in anticipation of the first ride.  There was still quite a bit of ice by the end of the 9th, but, with the mild breeze, we knew it wouldn't be long--maybe tomorrow?
The April 10th forecast was "72 and sunny."  Getting up early to enjoy the day, I looked out to see how much ice was left and, to my surprise (and aggravation), I saw Mike's double-decker out in the middle of the lake, breaking through openings in the very weak ice, heading toward the cut.  This was 8:30 in the morning!  Not fair!  But, as much as it pains me, I guess I have to concede that he was the first raft on the lake this year.  I got my camera and extra coffee, pulled the poles on my raft and headed out to join him.  It was pretty windy, but warm.  I had to navigate around rather large chunks of ice and headed through the cut, where I rafted up with Mike and Dave and we cruised around for about 3 hours, enjoying a perfectly spectacular "summer day" on the lake.
Water temp is 43 and the air temp hit the high 70's.  By the end of the day, it was pretty much open water, with only minor ice seen in the colder bays.  The following pictures were taken on the first raft ride of the 2017 season.  (Click on any of these pictures for a larger view; click the back button on the browser to return here.)
4/10/2017  "Sorry, Vito and Pam," your bay is still socked in (one of the colder bays).  Note: 4/11-now open. 4/10/2017  Hiawatha Island and Scott's Point are open as well.  You snowbirds are missing a great summer! 4/10/2017  Bo, Dave and Mike "rafted up" and toured the lake for several hours in the morning sun. 4/10/2017  2nd Lake, looking south, was mostly open, except in South Bay where there was still a lot of ice.
4/10/2017  At 9:23 am, I was the second raft to hit the lake, heading out around the ice, from Swiss Point. 4/10/2017  ICE IS OUT (sort of...).  At 8:30 am, Mike and his double-decker were the first on the lake. 4/9/2017 6:40 pm A remarkable change from that morning as much of the ice was gone!  Rafting tomorrow! 4/9/2017 8:40 am  The morning after 3" of snow fell, it was warmer and the ice was receding, snow was melting.

Visit Us Through the Star Lake Handbook

Postcard Gallery--Take a Historical Tour

The Star Lake Handbook is a 20-page color booklet describing scenic Star Lake and the Star Lake Protective Association.  Contents include historical  facts about the lake, pictures, a map and fishing and boating information.  The Handbook is a compilation of many people's efforts and is provided to inform and entertain.

Click here to access and read the most recent edition of the Handbook.  Use the feedback link to order printed copies, if you like.  Past editions are available for viewing in PDF format. 

2/5/2017  The Postcard Gallery has been recently updated with 36 new (old) postcards in the Members' Area of the site.  Take a tour of Star Lake as our great grandparents knew it.  Many of the postcards here date back to the early 1900's, when Star Lake was a thriving recreational summer retreat.  Visit "Post Cards" to see Star Lake in a totally different way. (A username and password is required)
 

2017 SLPA Meetings and Events

Date
Event
Place Time
Sat, June 24 Regular Meeting-socializing/refreshments; meeting to follow Adirondack Exhibit Center (Old Schoolhouse--SOS) 10:00 am
Wed, July 12 First Lake Road Clean-up Meet at CFCS (school) parking lot 9:00 am
Sat, Aug 5 13th Annual Poker-Run Meet at the sandbar to register 12:00 noon
Wed, Aug 16 Lake Shoreline Clean-up (?) Sandbar 1:00 pm
Sat, Aug 26 Annual Dinner Meeting - 5:00 Cocktails 6:00 Meeting, Dinner to follow The Haven at Star Lake (former Houghton Lodge) 5:00 pm
Wed, Sept 6 Second Lake Road Clean-up Meet at CFCS (school) parking lot 9:00 am

 

Boating Safety Class Now On-line

Please Use the New DEC Boat Washing Station

The NYS Parks and Recreation people have announced that anyone can now receive a boating safety certificate by taking the course on-line.  This course is equivalent to the 8-hour classroom course offered locally in the past.  Once the course has been successfully completed, a written certificate is issued and boaters can, at their option, have the certification stated on their driver's license, learning permit or non-driver ID, much like motorcycle certification is indicated on the license.

For more information about fees and how to enroll, follow this link.  If you are local and would like to know more about enrolling in a classroom Boating Safety course this summer, use our feedback form and we will provide local instructor contact information. 

Currently, it is a legal requirement for all jet ski (pwc) operators and for all boat operators born after May 1, 1996 to successfully complete the boaters' safety course.  For jet ski operation, only children 14 and up can take the course and operate a PWC legally.  Children from 10 to 19 cannot operate a boat alone unless they take and pass the course.

The SLPA supports any effort to keep our lake and the people who use it safe and we encourage anyone who operates a motorized boat or jet ski to take this course.  Hopefully this will lead to the safe, responsible operation of watercraft by all.

A New Boat Washing Station is in operation for the Clifton-Fine area as part of a pilot program by the State to keep invasive species at bay.  The site is located at the corner of Rt. 3 and County Rt. 60, near J&L.  The wash station is manned by volunteers from Paul Smith's College five days a week from 7 am to 4 pm and will eventually be available seven days a week. 

The DEC advises boaters and anglers to check their boats, trailers and other fishing and boating equipment for any plants or animals that may be clinging to it.  It's the law: "Following a thorough inspection, boats should be cleaned, drained and dried."  If you stop in with your boat, you will receive a free careful inspection and a 140-degree power washing to kill free-loading plants and creatures.

Lakes in the Adirondack Park are relatively free of invasive plants and animals so far; but there has been a recent push by New York State to insure that they do not get introduced into our pristine lakes and streams.  Invasive species like milfoil, zebra mussels, clams, and water fleas can be introduced to clean lakes by careless boaters and fishermen.  Invasive species generally come from Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence river or other contaminated bodies of water clinging to boat bottoms, trailors and fishing gear.  Boats, trailers, livewells, and gear need to be properly inspected and cleaned before launch into another body of water.  This new washing station should make it easier for those who move boats from lake to lake. So, if you are heading across the Route 3 corridor, please stop in for this free inspection and washing.  And please, help us to keep our lakes and waterways free of invasives. 

For more info, go here; click graphic to enlarge for viewing; press back to return.

New York State Boater's Guide

SLPA Hosts Cycle Adirondacks to Star Lake

The New York State Boater's Guide, which we have made available to members at meetings in printed form, provides a wealth of boating information including useful links to various New York agencies and current legal requirements for boating registration, licensing and operation in New York State.  "This guide provides basic boating safety information on such topics as registration, operation, equipment and rules of the road, however we strongly encourage every boater to sign up for some formal boating instruction before venturing out on their own."  If you are new to boating; or if you would like to know more about New York boating regulations, you should read this booklet.

The free guide can be downloaded here in .pdf form to be read or printed.   

On Sunday, August 23, 2015, 150 to 200 cyclists stopped in Star Lake, one of six stops on their 450+ mile journey through the Adirondacks.  While in town, SLPA volunteers took those interested on a raft ride, culminating in a get-together on the sandbar where refreshments were served.  One of Star Lake's distinctive features is the more than 100 motorized rafts that slowly cruise around the lake.  Cyclists got to see what makes this lake so special to all of us as they rode on these unique water crafts.  After being picked up at the Star Lake Haven's shore, they rode over to the sandbar to partake of some true Star Lake hospitality and socializing, sandbar-style.  Many other activities were planned by community leaders including a free concert at the school.  The raft ride was just one of them, but as many said later, it was the most memorable, pleasurable experience--much positive feedback was received by the Cycle Adirondacks participants. 

To read the article about Cycle Adirondacks and Star Lake rafts in Vermont Sports, go here.  An article from Adventure Cycling Magazine can be found here.  To Learn more about Cycle Adirondacks, go to their website here.

Articles about Star Lake Rafts...

2016 Wild West Poker Run A Great Success!

Click here to read a June 27, 2010 article in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, OH, written by Evelyn Theiss, recent visitor to Star Lake. 

Click here for a link to the article on the web site Cleveland.com.

Read the article in Vermont Sports about Star Lake rafts and Cycle Adirondacks' visit to Star Lake on 8/23/2015.

The Poker Run began as vessels of all sizes started off from the sandbar toward the five designated stations around the lake.

The 12th Annual Poker Run was held on a cloudy August 6th.  Fewer than last year, there were 121 hands registered at the sandbar from 12:00 to 1 pm.  It was a cloudy, but warm day and everyone was able to complete the poker run and return to the sandbar to determine the best three hands and the worst.  This year's theme was "Wild, Wild West" and a great party followed on the sandbar where some pretty scary looking hombres and gals drank some sarsaparillas and other adult beverages! (more)

Recent Meeting Minutes:

Member Information & Logon

If you're interested in what happened at the last meeting, visit the recent meetings link.  While the archives are for members only, we are providing minutes from the most recent meetings in order to keep everyone in the community informed of SLPA activities and events.  Also, a copy of the latest spring mailing is found here.  If you are on the lake, perhaps you might come to the next meeting? (photo by Rod Miller)

We maintain a members' area that is password-protected to insure the privacy of our members.  If you already have your logon info, feel free to visit the Members' Area.  If you are a member and don't yet have a username and password; or, if you would like to join the SLPA, please use the feedback form to contact us.  Currently, dues are $20 per calendar year. (photo by Leon Zois)

Star Lake Weather at a Glance...

Live-view of Weather on Star Lake

Local weather on Star Lake!  The weather station on Swiss Point came on-line August 28, 2012.  Real-time data is sent out to Weather Underground and WeatherLink.com.  Follow the links at the right for more detailed information.

Weatherlink.com (data from Swiss Point, Star Lake, NY)

 

Weather Underground Station KNYSTARL3 (data from Swiss Point)

 
Clifton-Fine Central School Weather Station (data from the school via Weatherbug)
 
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'Tis the Season...  Here are the most recent seasonal pictures of the lake.  Click on a picture for a larger view; click the "back" button to return here.  To see more pictures of this season and of past seasons, go to the 'Tis the Season page in the Members' Area (a username/password is required). 
       
5/9/2017  Proof of spring, the grape hyacinths and narcissus' are out, braving the cold and the snow. 5/8/2017  "Oh, no!"  High in the low 30's, freezing at night.  Snow was sticking; but, not for long. 5/3/2017  Temps dropped into the 40's with rain turning to snowfall.  No more rafting for a while... 5/1/2017  April showers came a little late as we began a week-long weather set-back, compared to previous week.
4/28/2017  Last of the good weather for awhile.  Maple Mountain is beginning to green-up a little. 4/27/2017 Day's goal accomplished, after several adult beverages.  What do you think Pat was saying? 4/27/2017  'Tis the season for Bo & Pat to take their first swim.  Water temp was a bracing 53; air, 84 and sunny! 4/27/2017  What a day!  Even the mallards are sunning themselves in the unseasonably warm afternoon.
4/26/2017  Late afternoon sun lights the horizon; the only disturbance in the water provided by a pair of loons 4/26/2017  The warm, calm day continues, providing perfect reflections on the water, as if a painting. 4/26/2017  Late afternoon sunshine with mother nature's true gradient in the foreground. 4/26/2017  Total calm provides a mirror-like reflection on a beautiful spring day.
4/11/2017  Perfectly calm, open water reflected morning fog and a pink sun soon to rise.  It just doesn't get any better than this! 4/10/2017  A fitting end to a great "summer day" on the lake.  The almost full "pink moon" reflects off OPEN WATER on a warm, balmy night! 4/10/2017  The loon didn't seem to mind how cold the water was. As the  afternoon temps reached 75 degrees, he navigated around the ice. 4/10/2017  Some ice shifted back into the bay by Swiss Point--the last hoorah for the winter ice.  It was gone overnight.

11/6/2010  A wintry panorama of Star Lake, looking east off Swiss Point, kind of makes you shiver as cloudy sky and early snow showers blanketed the lake in shades of gray, devoid of any remnants of recently-departed fall colors. 

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