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

Attention photographers!! Submit YOUR best photo of our Annual Meeting held on August 9th 2014 at Camp Minnetoska to If your photo is used on our website or other OLA promotions you get one FREE OLA t-shirt. Limit one entry/photo per person. Entries must be submitted via email by 5:00pm Sunday August 31st, 2014 to be eligible. Submitted photos must be used by December 31st, 2014 to receive prize. After December 31st, 2014 OLA reserves the right to use all photos on our website and/or promotions without awarding a prize. Please provide name, age & additional contact information so we may contact any winners and provide photo credit to each entry. If more than one photo is submitted only the first photo will be considered for prize. OLA is not responsible for lost or misplaced entries.

Boater Safety Course


New Law Effective May 1st 2014
All individuals born on or after 5/1/96 are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses include those offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron. Individuals less than 10 years of age may not take this course of instruction. Certain allowances to this law have been made for visitors to New York, persons renting a boat from a livery and persons purchasing a new boat for the first time. Courses are being offered at Glimmerglass State Park on Otsego Lake. Call Bill Hanrahan 518-332-8259 to register or find a course near you at

Divers recover boat for church camp.
By Joe Mahoney THE DAILY STAR Cooperstown Crier

It was the summer of 1995 when a 16-foot fiberglass sailboat dubbed Blue Jeans filled with water while being towed to shore, falling to the chilly depths of Otsego Lake near Cooperstown.

The boat belonged to the Pathfinder summer camp operated by the American Baptist Church. When divers made several attempts to locate it, they could find no trace of it.

But an image that appeared to be the lost vessel showed up in a side scan sonar survey funded two years ago by a professional underwater archaeologist from the Saratoga Springs area, Joseph Zarzynski. He was working in conjunction with the dive team of the Biological Field Station that is an arm of the State University College at Oneonta.

- Read the entire story here.

- Check out the pictures here.

Press Release - Otsego Lake Assn. Features Otsego Lake Nostalgia at Historic Camp Minnetoska.

Dateline: Cooperstown, NY -- The Otsego Lake Association (OLA) will hold its 2014 annual meeting at historic Camp Minnetoska, a former Girl Scout camp now privately owned by the Clark Foundation, located at 759 County Highway 31 north of the Village of Cooperstown. A full program of topics related to boating on Otsego Lake will be offered free of charge to Association members and non-members on Saturday, August 9, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Saturday morning events kick off with coffee and doughnuts, prior to the brief business meeting, which will include the election of officers and the presentation of the Lake Citizen Award.

Read more here.

"We Love Our Lake, Boat Parade"

        The first 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 Louis Busch Hager Jr. and his boat the Chief Uncas. Very special thanks to the 35 plus decorated boats that participated. 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 & Paul Lord) to choice the winners. Congratulations to the following winners.

Antique or classic Boat: Chief Uncas - Louis Busch Hager Jr.
Man-powered: no participants, so this prize was awarded to the Pirate Ship
Original or unusual: Titanic - William and Mickie Richtsmeier
Patriotic theme: Flags - Catherine and Don Raddatz.
Photo credit for Patriotic theme: Tina Claiborne (daughter of Scottie Baker).
Joyful/party decor: Disney - Tom Chase
Humorous: Santa/Noel - Keith and Kay Additon
Grand prize/best of parade: Gilligan's Island
Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny

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