Long Lake's and Raquette Lake's unique location in the center of the Adirondacks provides the visitor with a wealth of opportunities of enjoyment for their mountain vacation. Long Lake and Raquette Lake are more than just the gateway to some of the most phenomenal and least-utilized wilderness areas of the Adirondacks. They actually serve two completely diverse groups of visitors.
Long Lake and Raquette Lake boast more than 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Trail connectors run throughout the community and link up to Raquette Lake, Newcomb and Indian Lake. Affordable accommodations and no permit fees make snowmobiling from Long Lake and Raquette Lake easy For current updates on snowmobile conditions, check out www.mylonglake.com.
2012-2013 winter events
Polar Bear Plunge, 1 p.m., Long Lake Town Beach.
Polar Bear Dippers are invited to take the plunge in the waters of Long Lake before 2012 ends! Celebrate New Year's Weekend with a cold dip, and a story to tell! Bring your towels, robes and warm clothes. The dip kicks off at 1 p.m.
New Years Eve Bus
5 p.m. through last call, Long Lake.
Free bus transportation all night. Book a room and ring in the New Year with free bus transportation.
Cardboard Box Building Workshop, noon to 3 p.m., Long Lake Town Hall
Take advantage of this indoor workshop in the Town Hall to prep your box-sled for the Moonlighter's Winter Carnival Cardboard Box Sled Derby.
Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Location TBD.
See how much useless, or useful knowledge you know! Get in on the fun with trivia nights every other Wednesday at local restaurants.
Ice Fest. Friday in Raquette Lake and Saturday in Long Lake.
Stan Kolonko of the Ice Farm will visit Long Lake and Raquette Lake to create magnificent works of ice art. Look for this year's Ice Fest to include fun ice related activities around the community during the day and join in the fun. While activities ensue around town Stan will be performing open ice sculpting demos.
Interact, ask questions and find out all about ice carving in the Adirondacks.
Winter Carnival, Mt. Sabattis, Long Lake.
Noon: Fireworks at Dark
Winter Carnival launches with the traditional Moonlighter's Snowmobile Parade followed by the coronation of the Winter Carnival King and Queen. Participate in the Cardboard box Sled derby, Broomball, and open skate. Youth activities include Snowshoe Relay, Balloon Chase, Snow Dodgeball and more! Long Lake Fire Department serves tummy warming foods and a Christmas tree bonfire warms toes and noses.
January 23, 2013
Trivia Night, 7 p.m., location TBD
Trivia Night, 7 p.m., location TBD
Moonlighter's Poker Run, Raquette Lake and Long Lake.
Starting at Open of Business on Friday and finishing at 5 p.m. at the Adirondack Hotel on Saturday. Pick up play card at Raquette Lake Tap Room or The Newcomb House. Cash Prizes. $10 a person, must be 18 and up. Sponsored by the Moonlighter's Snowmobile Club.
Winter Ice Fishing Derby, Lake Eaton
Long Lake introduces a Winter Fishing Derby. More details TBD. Registration Fee $25 per person.
Raquette Lake Winter Carnival, Raquette Lake
Join us in Raquette Lake for a day of fun Winter events. Youth activities start at 10 a.m. and, include Snowshoe Relay, Snow Dodgeball, tug-o-war, and so much more. Don't miss the Ladies Frying Pan Toss at Noon and Bonfire all day. Other activities include Ice Golf on Raquette Lake! Cross-cut competition is held on Sunday.
Winter Wacky Week
An entire week of fun activities to enjoy during President's Week. There's something fun for everyone in Long Lake during Wacky Week!
Skate Night, 6 to 10 p.m., Geiger Arena Ice Rink
Enjoy some roller rink favorites at the Long Lake Ice Skating Rink. A night for all ages! The DJ spins tunes all evening. Skate Night features all the favorites: skate races, couples skate, speed skate, limbo, backward skate, red-light green-light and the dice game.
Survivor Games, Noon, Geiger Arena
Youth of all ages are invited to compete in fun survivor games. Games include building a snow shelter, snow obstacle course, and man hunt. All that surviving will be topped off with a pizza party and a bonfire.
Snow Sculpting - World Record Attempt
noon, Geiger Arena
We will attempt to create the world's tallest snowman. Must reach over 114 feet.
Trivia Night, 7 p.m., location TBD.
Winter Cozy Craft Day, 2 p.m., Town Hall Nutrition Site
Relax with a Winter Craft Class and hot chocolate and hot cider. Call 518-624-3077 for more information.
Hors D'oeuvres Tour, 6 p.m.
Enjoy a night on the town sampling delectable hors d'oeuvres at area restaurants. Ride the Long Lake Little Bus. Reservations requested.
Mid-Winter Geocaching Event
Blueline Geocachers for a one-of a kind Adirondack Winter Event. X-C ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, camp outdoors, or cozy up inside. Challenge yourself, introduce the kids to the fantastic game of sport and fun. Friday meet and greet, Saturday luncheon, Sunday flash-mob. More details TBD.
Adult/Child Ice Fishing Derby
Teams of adults and children fish any of the waters around Long Lake for prizes. Check out the community ice fishing hole near the bridge. Sponsored by the Fish and Game Club.
Mt. Sabattis Geiger Ice Skating Arena is open for free ice skating throughout the winter months. The Geiger Arena offers open skate, helmets and sticks for pick-up ice hockey games and special event nights throughout the season. Hours: Monday and Tuesdays from 2:30 to 6 p.m., closed Wednesday and Thursday; Fridays from 2:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Long Lake and Raquette Lake is a great area for winter birding. Birds travel to Long Lake from as far north as the arctic and northwestern Canada. Bohemian Waxwings arrive by the thousands. Look for Pine Grosbeaks who winter in the area. Rough-legged hawks breed in the Arctic tundra and winter in the Adirondacks. Other interesting birds to spot include the Northern Shrike, and the yellow Evening Grosbeak, a noticeable winter visitor during irruption years. In 2013 avid birders are anxious to see the energetic Common Redpoll flock to the area to dine on birch and thistle seeds. Long Lake is a great spot to launch your winter bird tours. Contact www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com to line up a special adventure.
Cross Country Skiing
Join cross country ski instructor Caleb Davis at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There will be a free cross-country instruction class for beginners to intermediates. Rent cross-country skis locally at Hoss's Country Corner or bring your own. Must register in advance. Call 518-624-2572. This program is sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.
To learn more about Long Lake, contact the Long Lake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, P.O. Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847, (518) 624-3077, or check out www.longlake-ny.com or www.centraladirondacks.com.