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.
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. No matter what your favorite watercraft, you can enter the
annual Poker Run. 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
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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
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Pictures...A Great Day!
5/2/2018 The first motorboat
was spotted later that afternoon, marking the beginning
of the boating season.
5/2/2018 Heading back across
the lake, it is pretty clear that the ice is finally
gone, except for a few bays.
By 11 am, most of the ice had disappeared. Spring
has finally arrived, after a brutal April.
A loon was seen diving among the ice chunks, oblivious
to our presence and the frigid water.
The remaining ice was pushed north by a strong wind.
Temps were in the 70's with sunshine!
The victors shared the spoils as we all sat and watched
the rest of the ice disappear.
5/2/2018 Pat & Bo were hot
on the trail; but could not catch up. 1st raft
honors go to Mike as he plowed through the last ice in
5/2/2018 Early in the
morning, Mike & John were seen crossing the bay to go
around the ice mass, beating Bo & Pat to the cut once
May 2nd--Ice-Out 2018
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. Normally, ice-out occurs between the third and fourth week
of April. The spring of 2012 marked a record early March 21st
ice-out. 2018, not so much.
Ice is officially out. Tough going with the raft at 8:30 am.
Southerly winds, 70 degrees and sunshine put a hurt on the ice
remaining. By noon, most of the main lake, except for the southern
bays, was navigable. Mike Sovay was the first through the cut with
the double-decker, and Bo and Pat, who had been breaking ice with the
raft two days prior, were the first on the lake; but, second raft to
make it through the cut (the unofficial measure of "first raft on the
lake). We met up to celebrate off Interlochen.
Snow birds can now safely return!
Inroads were made the day before the ice went out--still pretty
solid in the middle. 'Looks like maybe it will break up tomorrow,
enough to make it through the cut. We spent a couple hours trying
to break up a path forward, but we finally gave up for the day.
Another snow storm has delayed ice-out again! Two inches fell
overnight, covering the ground with the wretched white stuff.
That didn't stop Pat and Bo from taking our first raft ride later in the day,
some paths through the ice. We are hoping for a May 1 ice-out with
temps in the 60's and sunshine. We thought we would make it through the
cut tomorrow. "Good riddance, April"!
4/29/2018 In spite of a minor
setback today (presently 32 and SNOWING!), a past week of warmer,
windy weather with some rain has put a hurt on Star Lake's ice. As
you can see from the sequence of daily photos to the right, the amount
of open water in front of Swiss Point has increased daily. Also
notable is the color of the ice. Once a thick, solid white, the
ice has darkened daily and much of it is now honeycombed, ready for the
first raft to break through it. There is room left for one more
picture and I hope it shows open water, with NO ice. It looks like
the lake will be navigable 4/30 or 5/1. In either case, the
ice-out this year will have been much later than the normal 4/17-23.
The raft motor is on and ready for the first cruise on the lake of the
Worst April ever! Average temps in the 20's and 30's; a few
days in the 40's. Rain, snow, very high winds, power outages, more
snow, more cold, still a foot of ice on the pond... Ice-out in
May?!! They say a warmer week is on the way; but, we'll believe it
when we see it.
3/18/2018 Three Nor'easters in
March have temporarily delayed the progress of spring here in Star Lake.
A couple of feet of snow and a pretty chilly weekend (-16) have, for the
moment, put us year-rounders back into winter mode. March was "in
like a lamb" and certainly will go "out like a lion". With only
three days left until spring officially begins, we still have quite a
way to go before we actually see open water.
Early thaws in February gave us hope for an early
ice-out this year; but, have been dampened, unless we see a real warming
trend soon. No hurry for you snow birds to return too soon.
Us Through the Star Lake Handbook
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.
hereto 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
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)
2018 SLPA Meetings and Events
Sat, June 30
meeting to follow
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
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
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
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
more info, go
here; click graphic to enlarge for viewing; press back to
New York State Boater's Guide
Cycle Adirondacks to Star Lake
TheNew York State Boater's Guide,which we have made available
to members at meetings in printed form, provides a wealth of
boating information. Included in this guide are 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
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.
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
about Star Lake Rafts...
2016 Wild West Poker
Run A Great Success!
here to read a June 27,
2010 article in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, OH,
written by Evelyn Theiss, recent visitor to Star Lake.
Read the article in
Vermont Sports about Star Lake rafts and Cycle
Adirondacks' visit to Star Lake on 8/23/2015.
Run began as vessels of all sizes started off from the
sandbar toward the five designated stations around the
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
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
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
(photo by Leon Zois)
Local Star Lake Weather at a Glance...
Live-view of Weather on Star Lake
The weather station on Swiss
Point came on-line August, 2012. Real-time
data is sent out to Weather Underground and Davis WeatherLink.
A real-time view Star Lake is
provided by a webcam on Swiss Point, installed
March, 2014. The picture on the right is
updated every five minutes to provide an up-to-the
minute view of the weather.
A second view of the lake can be seen
here, provided by Dean
Newtown, looking east from his camp on Lake Road. It just
went on line in February, 2018 and refreshes every 30 minutes.
(press "back" to return to this
'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). Go to
the 'Tis the Season page to see more than 8 complete years of seasonal
pictures of Star Lake!
6/12/2018 Taking a raft ride on a
hot, sunny day; Maple Mountain gets greener each day.
6/11/2018 The happy mallard mom
chats with her new brood--ten in all.
6/9/2018 A beautiful sunset and raft
ride on the way home after a Belmont Stakes party.
6/8/2018 "Where's Waldo?" Can
you spot Waldo the blue heron?
6/4/2018 The 2018 ring of flowers
begins, with a red, white and blue theme (sort of).
6/1/2018 The Frankenboat cruises
by--a very unique raft, complete with cuddy cabin and sleeping
6/1/2018 A fresh batch of mallards
feed as a proud mama looks on.
5/9/2018 'Tis the season for spring
flowers to start popping out.
5/9/2018 Maple Mountain is beginning
to "green-up" a little as buds begin to appear. It won't
take long now!
5/8/2018 Finally, a nice, hot
summer-like day. Bo & Pat bask in the sun with a cold
5/5/2018 The male merganser is in
his spring mating plumage; will look more like the female later
5/5/2018 'Tis the season for ducks
to return. Here is a pair of common mergansers.
5/4/2018 A spectacular sunset
reflected back to the east--a very eerie sight.
5/4/2018 Early spring rain showers
took away the remaining ice in the "dark bays", followed a
5/2/2018 Four loons came back to
celebrate ice-out day.
5/1/2018 Honey-combed ice crystals
pile up the day before ice-out.
4/30/2018 Dusk, fog, and the
sunset's reflection back to the east make for a beautiful
shot--looks like a painting.
4/30/2018 Ice was too thick to make
it to the cut. We had to turn around--maybe tomorrow.
4/30/2018 We took our first raft
ride and broke some ice to make way. Bays around Swiss Pt.
4/30/2018 The last day of
April--skies clearing in the east, bringing us needed sunshine
and warmth for May.
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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