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Welcome to the Star Lake Protective Association! 

The SLPA has been dedicated to the preservation of Star Lake since 1901!  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.  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 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. 

2018 Ice-Out 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.
5/2/2018  By 11 am, most of the ice had disappeared.  Spring has finally arrived, after a brutal April. 5/2/2018  A loon was seen diving among the ice chunks, oblivious to our presence and the frigid water.
5/2/2018  The remaining ice was pushed north by a strong wind.  Temps were in the 70's with sunshine! 5/2/2018  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 the cut. 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 again.
May 2nd--Ice-Out 2018 is Here!
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. 
5/2/2018  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!
5/1/2018  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.
4/30/2018  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, breaking 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 2018 season!
4/20/2018  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.


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)

2018 SLPA Meetings and Events

Place Time
Sat, June 30 Regular Meeting-socializing/refreshments; meeting to follow Adirondack Exhibit Center (Old Schoolhouse--SOS) 10:00 am
Tues, July 10 First Lake Road Clean-up Meet at CFCS (school) parking lot 9:00 am
Sat, Aug 4 14th Annual Poker-Run Meet at the sandbar to register 12:00 noon
Tues, Aug 14 Lake Shoreline Clean-up Sandbar 1:00 pm
Sat, Aug 25 Annual Dinner Meeting - 5:00 Cocktails 6:00 Meeting, Dinner to follow The Haven at Star Lake (former Houghton Lodge) 5:00 pm
Tues, Sept 11 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.

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.  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 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...

2018 '80's Movies Poker Run Broke Record!

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

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

Vessels of all sizes returned to the sandbar after visiting the five designated stations around the lake.  Best decorated winners were the Zimmerman team.

The 14th Annual Poker Run was held on a beautiful sunny, hot August 4th.  There were a record 168 hands registered at the sandbar.  It was a gorgeous day and everyone was able to complete the poker run and return to the sandbar to determine the best three hands and the worst.  Prizes were also awarded for best decorated vessel and best costume.  This year's theme was "'80's Movies" and a great party followed the awards ceremony on the sandbar.  (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)

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 above is updated every five minutes to provide an up-to-the minute view of the weather.

For more weather info, visit the Star Lake Weather Page. (A username and password is required)


Weather Underground Station KNYSTARL3 (data from Davis VantageVue station on Swiss Point)

Clifton-Fine Central School Weather Station (data via Weatherbug)
(Follow the links above for more detailed information; press "back" to return to this page)



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 page)

'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!
9/26/2018  An interesting, colorful sky at dusk. 9/20/2018  Old friends gather, many soon to head south for the winter. 9/20/2018  A chilly day for the annual pork barbeque and picnic on the lake. 9/17/2018 A splendid sunset reflects back toward the eastern sky.
9/16/2018  With Hiawatha Island in the foreground, Maple Mountain shows signs of leaves beginning to change. 9/16/2018  A picture-perfect day to take a cruise out Post-Office Bay, looking west. 9/13/2018  The blue heron sits in the shade on a hot, sunny day. 9/1/2018  The SS Unicorn was disqualified from the regatta, as it had no captain.
9/1/2018  Sailors try to tack through the cut against a westerly wind during the "fun run" after the regatta. 9/1/2018  Competing for the "black rudder" award, this last-place sailor is in it for the pleasure; not the win. 9/1/2018  The annual Labor Day Regatta is under way as sailors jockey for position in third lake. 8/31/2018  Another "wow" moment at dusk looking east off Swiss Point--a fitting end to a great August!
8/28/2018  Father and baby, whose breast is now mostly white and back, a mottled gray. 8/25/2018  Members eat a great dinner after the SLPA Annual Meeting at The Haven. 8/24/2018  Rising above the water, a loon shows off his recent catch. 8/24/2018  A Humming bird feasts on impatiens pollen at Swiss Point.
8/23/2018  The baby loon is now showing more adult plumage and size at almost 2 months old. 8/16/2018  The poppa loon waves "hello" as we pass by. 8/16/2018  The "booty" picked up in third lake during the SLPA shoreline cleanup--mostly beer cans. 8/14/2018  The aftermath of a quick thunder storm cast a foreboding view.
8/14/2018  On a hot, lazy summer day, the loon family passes the time  in turtle bay off Swiss Point. 8/14/2018  Almost adult size, the baby is beginning to change plumage to grays and whites. 8/10/2018  Dueling tubers enjoy the best of Star Lake. 8/8/2018  "Tis the season for shore-line maintenance.

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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