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 email@example.com 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?
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.
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.