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. 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
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
Feedback form to comment on the site or ask
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...
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
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.
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
watercraft by all.
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
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
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)
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.
'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).
Bo's apologies for falling behind with the pics this summer. Go to
the 'Tis the Season page to see all of the 96 newly-posted pictures
dating back to June!
11/10/2017 Here it comes--frigid air
mass, low 12, high 17 for a couple of days; then back to the
11/9/2017 Another morning surprise,
kind of makes you want to get up early. Daytiime temps in
11/8/2017 With some rainy weather on
the way, colorful sunrises start the day, around 6:15 am.
11/3/2017 The November beaver moon lights
the night sky and reflects off a calm lake.
11/1/2017 A truly "wow" sunrise
appropriately marks the beginning of November. (Note
the sun pillar)
10/31/2017 Snow caps the few
remaining apples on the trees--brrr.
10/31/2017 Our first snow on the
ground as a band of lake effect rain heads up over the
10/27/2017 "Birds of a feather,"
a group of mallards get ready for their trip south.
10/26/2017 A thick, eerie morning
fog covers the lake, the result of an early frost.
10/25/2017 Why this is called "Star"
10/23/2017 Another dark, foreboding
morning view as the sun slowly rises over a chilly lake.
10/22/2017 A colorless sun sets over
the leaf-bare trees of Maple Mountain.
10/21/2017 At end of the 2nd peak
leaves season--not much color left on the mountain--just Swiss
10/21/2017 One of our pet loons lets
us know that he is still here.
10/17/2017 A little brighter, but
very cold morning with mist on the pond, heat leaving the water.
10/15/2017 A stormy morning sunrise,
a bit dark and gloomy.
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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