Annual Gathering

Date: Saturday in August 2023.

Time: Usually Meeting 8:30am-11:00am

Location: TBD

Main Topic:

Otsego Lake Association Annual Gathering

All lake lovers welcome

Learn the latest on invasive species in Otsego Lake and other scientific updates.

Otsego Lake Historical talk


Spend a couple of your Saturday morning hours learning about what's happening in and around Otsego Lake. Meeting is open to members and non-members. Invite your friends and neighbors.

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Presentations from the 2022 Annual Meeting

Otsego Lake Science Update by Kiyoko Yokota

Presentations from the 2021 Annual Meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Entire 2021 Virtual Meeting

Trophic changes of Otsego Lake since the invasion of zebra & quagga mussels by Julie Gifford

Quagga Mussels Replacing Zebra Mussels in Otsego Lake by Sierra Stickney

The Invasive Rusty Crayfish by Alexander Hage

Fish Fauna of Otsego Lake by John D Skelton

Thwarting aquatic invasive species in Otsego Lake (2021) by Jared Stauss

Presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Entire 2020 Virtual Meeting

Thwarting Aquatic Invasive Species in Otsego Lake (2020) by Jared Stauss

European Frogbit in Otsego Lake by Sierra Stickney

Hybrid Pondweed Project (2020) by Mary Keefe

Continuous Lake Monitoring Buoy (CLMB) What's that contraption in the lake? by Kiyoko Yokota

Annual Gathering Photos

Photo credit: Paul Donnelly.

Annual "We Love Our Lake" Decorated Boat Parade

Date: Around July 4th 2023.
Time: TBD
Location: Usually 3-Mile Point, Otsego Lake.

Notes: Plan to float your boat – rain or shine - in OLA’s Annual “We Love Our Lake” Decorated Boat Parade. All boats, large and small, are welcome – including antique or classic, human powered, wind powered, electric powered, jet powered, outboard powered, or inboard/outboard powered. We encourage you to decorate your boat. It can be unusually decorated, humorously decorated, patriotic theme decorated, joyful/party theme decorated, sports theme decorated, military theme decorated, etc. If you prefer, you do not even need to decorate your boat - just join in the parade and view the other boats. You can even join the parade at any time or anywhere along the route, especially for non-motorized boaters who might not want to travel the full route. If you are unable to float your boat, you can watch from shore at various points along the parade route. There are no fees, registration forms, rules, or regulations except travel slowly, stay in line, be courteous to other boaters, and practice social distancing. In the past, we have had over 50 boats participate in the parade. The parade is meant to be a fun filled family event for all boaters to celebrate our love for Otsego Lake.
Annual Boat Parade Pictures
Photo credit: Michael Santulli.

Otsego Lake Clean-Up

Date: Potentially one day in August, 2023.
Time: TBD
Location: Otsego Lake.

Notes: Place lake debris at the end of your dock for pickup by OLA volunteers. This is specifically for items found in/on the lake shore such as old tires, pieces of old docks, old pipes etc.

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.

Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
Time: See below.

Location: Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. in Springfield Center, Evening Concert and Fireworks at Glimmerglass State Park, concert starts at 7:30 p.m.


The Springfield 4th of July Parade is back!

Join us in Springfield Center for a Hometown 4th of July Parade starting at 11:00am sharp, followed by a patriotic celebration with Brooks’ chicken barbecue, the Cooperstown Community Band, Springfield Historical Society Open House, 4th of July Quilt show, raffles, games, and much more at the Springfield Community Center.

The Springfield 4th of July Parade first began in 1914 and is believed to be the second-oldest ongoing 4th of July Parade in the Country, welcoming fire departments, veterans’ groups, and community organizations from all over the region to be honored in our nearly hour-long parade featuring floats, marching bands, equestrians, and all kinds of surprises! This year, as the Town of Springfield (Est. 1797) marks it’s 225th anniversary, the theme “Hometown 4th of July – Enduring Traditions” is an invitation to celebrate your favorite American traditions with us.

To participate in the parade, just fill out the free online entry form at this link:

Free parking for the parade will be available at the Springfield Community Center.

After the 4th of July Parade and Celebration in Springfield Center, head to the beach at Glimmerglass State Park for a free evening concert featuring the COUNCIL ROCK BAND starting at 7:30pm, followed by a display of fireworks at dusk!

The Council Rock Band's high energy mix of pop/rock favorites from the 1960's to present is the perfect way to finish the day-long 4th of July festivities - and did we mention FIREWORKS?

Springfield... the place to be on the 4th of July!Springfield… the place to be on the 4th of July!

Any questions?  contact or visit them on Facebook

Earth Festival at the Milford Central School

Date: Saturday in April 2023.

Time: Usually 11am-3pm
Location: Usually Milford Central School


Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. OLA will be present to answer your questions. Stop by browse our handouts & posters. Fill out a membership form. Check out our stylish apparel.

Earth Festival Photos
Photo credit: Unknown.
In 2011, OCCA Board Member Tier French entertained and educated Earth Festival visitors as the ChicoBag™ Bag Monster®. The costume was used to illustrate the impact of single-use plastic bags.

Otsego Lakes Festival

Date: 2023?
Time: Usually 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Glimmerglass State Park or Lakefront Park.

Notes: Now called the Otsego LAKES Festival, this event is traditionally a day of educational outreach with a focus on water quality. Once a celebration that recognized Otsego Lake and its vital role to the region as the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, the festival focus has been expanded to highlight the importance of Otsego County’s other major water bodies, including Canadarago and Goodyear lakes.

The Otsego Lakes Festival is made possible thanks to the O(OCWQCC), established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. The WQCC is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries.

Photography & Arrangement: Richard and Elizabeth Walker

Buffer Strip Maintenance

Date: Wednesday in May, 2023.
Time: 9:30am-?.
Location: Lake Front Park Buffer Strip.

Notes: Come join the Lake and Valley Garden Club, BOCES and OLA for a fun few hours maintaining our most used and well-known buffer strip.
Don't forget your gloves and sunscreen.
Lake Front Buffer Strip photos
Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.

Aquatic Invasive Species Training

Date: Typically, late April and May 2023.
Time: 9:00am - 4:30 pm.
Location: Biological Field Station Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80 Springfield, NY.13333. ~7 miles north of Cooperstown.
Main Topic: Watershed Stewardship: Boat Inspections & Invasive Species Identification

Notes: FREE TRAINING. Learn how to become a steward for your lake. Spend a day with BFS staff learning about aquatic invasive species, how to prevent their spread & boat inspection procedures. Contact for more information.
Stewardship Training Photos
Photo credit: Meredith Taylor

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