Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation, Inc.

           The purpose of the foundation is to promote the cooperation and friendship among the inhabitants of the area and to unite its members in the material understanding of Raquette Lake, New York and its problems; so that the entire membership will go forward in carrying out the preservation and conservation of Raquette Lake and its watershed through education, advocacy and broad based community involvement.

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                        Lake Preservation Efforts



          RLPF, Inc. is committed to do our best to prevent the introduction of invasive and harmful aquatic plants and animals into our waters.   Raquette Lake is a critical component of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Lake Trout fisheries program.  Thousands of Lake Trout eggs are harvested yearly, to supply the state hatcheries with Lake Trout fry, to be stocked in various lakes throughout the state.  At one time Raquette Lake was the only lake in the Adirondacks with fertile Lake Trout due to the use of DDT for pest control in the 40's and 50's.   Raquette Lake has a surface area of approximately 5,263 acres, a watershed of 80,691 acres and over 90 miles of shoreline.  

        The Threats - The principal threats to Raquette Lake are the introduction of non-native and harmful - plants; fast growing and aggressive fish; and VHS, a fatal (for fish) virus.  Zebra mussels are not considered a threat, due to an extremely low level of calcium in the lake water.  The geology of Raquette Lake aides us in protecting the lake.  Buttermilk Falls protects us from most threats swimming up stream via Raquette River from the St Lawrence River.  The only water shed 'up stream' from us is the Brown's Tract Ponds and Blue Mountian Lake chain.  

         The situation - There are currently 3 main launch sites for motorized boats to be launched; two at local marinas, and a launch ramp in the village owned by the Raquette Lake Supply Company.  Several 'camp colonies' have control of private launch ramps.  Access to the lake via canoe or kayak, could be gained at numerous points along the south shore or at the canoe carry at the outlet.  The DEC has cognizance over four informal canoe launch sites at Golden Beach Camp Grounds, South Inlet, Brown's Tract Outlet, and Sucker Brook. 

        Our strategy - We adopted a 'prevention is better than correction' philosophy almost 10 years ago.  Last year we adopted a 'risk management' approach, and this year we are implementing a proactive program to seek self inspection of boaters who use the lake.   Paul Smith's College Watershed Institute has been sucessful in getting grant money for providing boat launch ramp stewards to assist folks in inspecting and cleaning their boats prior to launch and after putting the boat back on the trailer.   The handout on the left side of this page is an excellent check list for all boaters who utilize different lakes and rivers in their boating enjoyment.  RLFP has a program funded with local donations to eliminate the native Variable Leaf Milfoil.  In addition, our members survey most of the shoreline and bays every year to detect new threats, and record the size and location of nusance plants, as well as sponsor educational seminars/classes on plant and animal ID and control.

Help Preserve Raquette Lake's Value as a Fishery !!

Please Donate to:

RL Stewardship Campaign

RLPF, Inc. 

PO Box 210

Raquette Lake, NY 13436

VSHV-positive gizzard shad collected during a fish mortality investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 2007 from Lake Erie near Dunkirk, N.Y.

Other species from the Great Lakes Basin area that have tested positive by Cornell include bluegill, rock bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed, smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskellunge (New York's No. 2 sport fish), northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, channel catfish, brown bullhead, white perch, white bass, emerald shiner, bluntnose minnow, freshwater drum, round goby, gizzard shad and burbot.

Reference:  ScienceDaily (May 20, 2007)