Photo credit: Scottie Baker of Natúra Productions.

Welcome to the Otsego Lake Association

Our Mission

The Mission of the Otsego Lake Association is to support and further the implementation of the "Plan for the Management of the Otsego Lake Watershed" issued in 2002.  (updated 2007)

Recent News

          Volunteer divers Paul Lord (board member), Jim Vogler, Lee Ferrara, Chip Dunn and tender Timothy Pokorny (board member) removed the last two remaining 5 mph no-wake buoys from the lake today.

          The Otsego Lake Association Board of Directors wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.

           As some of you know NYSDEC, SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Cobleskill are currently working on bringing the Otsego Bass (Lake Whitefish) back through spring fry stocking (early May) and constructing spawning reefs. This fall they were successful in capturing 18 adult whitefish. The majority of the fish were males in the 20-24” range. SUNY Cobleskill was able to squeeze the 3 females collected, roughly 72,000 eggs with an estimated 80% (57,000 eggs) becoming fertilized. There was a small write-up on the front page of yesterdays Daily Star. Read the story here. A very interesting article about Lake Whitefish icefishing on Otsego Lake in the 1960's can be found here.

           Find out whats been happening in and around Otsego Lake this year in our Fall "Our Glimmerglass" newsletter. Read the latest version here.

          Glimmerglass Film Days, a showcase for powerful films reflecting humanity’s complex relationships with the natural world, will take place November 5-9, 2015 in Cooperstown, New York. The festival features screenings of several award-winning films, as well as encounters and collaborations with internationally known artists, activists and aficionados in a 5-day series enlivened by local food tastings, and optional trail hikes and bike tours, all designed to celebrate the natural and historic resources of the Cooperstown region. OLA is proud to be part of the sponsors this year. For more information visit Glimmerglass Film Days.

Annual Meeting

           This years annual meeting was another huge sucess. Special thanks to the Otsego Golf Club for opening up their wonderful clubhouse for our meeting. We'd like to thank all the excellent speakers we had this year on Shaping Otsego Lake: Roads, Docks and Dams, Drones Monitoring Mud Flows on Otsego Lake, Anticipated Resurgence of Otsego Bass, Otsego Golf Club: Past, present, future & the new proposed boat wash station at Lake Front Park.

Check out the pictures here.

Annual Meeting

           Plans have been finalized for this years annual meeting. This year we are meeting Saturday August 8th at the Otsego Golf Club 144 Pro Shop Drive, Springfield Center, NY 13468 (entrance on State Highway 80).

Main Topic: "Shaping Otsego Lake: Roads, Docks and Dams" presented by Dr. Cindy Falk and Dr. Will Walker of Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta.

Photo courtesy of Smith & Telfer Photography Collection, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York

Find out more here.

Brewery Ommegang

           Special thanks goes out to Brewery Ommegang who made a $1,500 donation to the BFS volunteer dive team. OLA has facilitated the delivery of a contribution from Ommegang Brewery to the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District for use by the Biological Field Station Volunteer Dive Team for work on Otsego Lake including maintenance and deployment of the no-wake zone buoys that protect Otsego Lake shorelines.

2015 "We Love Our Lake, Boat Parade"

          The second Annual July 4th Otsego Lake boat parade was a huge success. Many thanks to the boat parade committee for all their hard work in organizing the event. Special thanks to the 25 plus decorated boats that participated and 125 plus shoreline spectators who were scattered across 3-Mile Point, Sam Smiths Boatyard/Blue Mingo Restaurant, Otsego Sailing Club, Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown Country Club, Otesaga Hotel, Lake Front Park and a few private residencies. Some pictures of the parade have been uploaded click here. With so many amazingly decorated boats it was very difficult for the judges (Scottie Baker, Wayne Bunn, Joan Bunn & Timothy Pokorny) to choice the winners. Congratulations to the following winners.
Antique or classic Boat: "Mobile Lady"- Reese family

Man-powered: no participants, so we had two Patriotic winners.


Original or unusual: Accuweather Not - Dietz family
Patriotic theme: "Lady Liberty" - Violon family

& "God Bless America" - Dykstra family.

Joyful/party decor: "Wizard of Oz" - Harris family
Humorous: "Ivory Soap" floats your boat - Badgley family
Grand prize/best of parade: "Ivory Soap" floats your boat

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny


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