Annual Gathering

Date: Saturday in August, 2024.

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

Location: TBD

Main Topic:

Otsego Lake Association Annual Gathering

All lake lovers welcome

The State of Otsego Lake:
water quality, fish, no-wake buoys, harmful algae blooms (HABs), awards.


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 2023 Annual Meeting

    Otsego Lake Science Update by Kiyoko Yokota

    New Otsego County HABs Website by OCCA

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, 2024
Time: Usually 3:00pm, Judging starts at 2:45pm, late arrivals may not be judged.
Location: Usually 3-Mile Point, Otsego Lake.

Notes: TBD

Please stay around for a few minutes at the end of the parade while the judges announce and give out the prizes.  All boats, large and small, are welcome - including antique or classic, human powered, wind powered, electric powered, jet powered, outboard powered, inboard/outboard powered and, of course, flying boats.  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 up close.  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 enter your boat in the parade, you can watch from shore at various points along the parade route including Three Mile Point, Brookwood Point, the Country Club (members only), the Otesaga Hotel, and Lakefront Park.  There are no fees, registration forms, rules, or regulations except travel slowly, stay in line, and be courteous to other boaters.  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: Saturday in July or August, 2024.
Time: Usually 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Otsego Lake.

Notes: Time to clean up our shoreline. This is specifically for items found in/on the lake shore such as old tires, pieces of old docks, old pipes etc. Any lake debris you find, put at the end of your dock with a sign GARBAGE and we will pick it up and dispose of it FREE of charge. NO construction materials, NO household garbage. No dock, no worries bring your debris to 3 Mile Pt. for disposal only on date of cleanup.

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.


Susquehanna River Clean-Up

Date: Saturday in July or August, 2024.
Time: Usually 7:00am-1:00pm

Location: Susquehanna River.

Notes: Along with our friends at the Cooperstown Lions Club, Cooperstown Rotary and the Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers we are seeking volunteers to help with the sixth annual Susquehanna River Cleanup in Cooperstown on Saturday July 29, 2023. Volunteers are needed on the river and on the shore to pull trash out of the river, load it onto barges and rafts, and load it onto trailers. The day runs from 7am to 1pm. A sign up sheet with more information is available at

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.

Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Date: Tuesday July 4th, 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 years theme "Salute to Lady Liberty" is an invitation to celebrate your favorite American traditions with us.

Springfield is already thinking about this year's Parade theme: "Salute to Lady Liberty"! Of course, “Lady Liberty” refers to the Statue of Liberty - a universal symbol of Freedom - but you may take the "liberty" of interpreting the theme any way you like (as much as we love her, the Statue of Liberty doesn’t need to appear in every parade entry)!
There is so much about “Lady Liberty” to be inspired by - Here are a few facts about the Statue of Liberty that might be helpful when considering how to honor the theme this 4th of July:
The sculpture was forged by French artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and its original title is “Liberty Enlightening the World.”
It depicts the Roman Deity “Libertas,” the personification of freedom.
Bartholdi was inspired by the colossal figures guarding Nubian tombs, but the face of Lady Liberty is said to resemble the artist’s own mother.
The seven rays on her crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world, her torch represents liberty, and her tablet reads: “July 4, 1776” - the date of America’s Declaration of Independence.
Hidden beneath her drapes and viewable only from above, a broken chain and shackle at her right foot symbolize a commitment to ending oppression.
The statue was a gift to America from the people of France to honor the alliance between the two countries, commemorate the centennial of America’s Declaration of Independence, and to celebrate the abolition of slavery after America’s Civil War.
The statue was presented to U.S. minister to France Levi P Morton on July 4, 1884, in Paris, France, and then disassembled and shipped to the United States housed in 214 crates, arriving in New York Harbor on June 17, 1885, to great fanfare.
It took four months to re-assemble the statue into the 151-foot-tall icon on Liberty Island. Standing upon the 154’ pedestal, the entire structure is 305 feet tall.
The statue was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in October of 1886 with fireworks and a military parade, and the sculptor Bartholdi climbed to the top and pulled a French flag away to reveal the face of Liberty.
The statue is covered with a layer of copper (the depth of two pennies) and appeared copper-brown until the “skin” oxidized to a sea-green patina after about 35 years of exposure to the air of New York Harbor.
Seven years after the statue’s construction on Liberty Island, nearby Ellis Island Immigration Station opened as the main Atlantic point of entrance to America.
Lady Liberty welcomed more than 12 million immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1954.
A plaque inscribed with The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, was added to the pedestal’s entrance in 1903. The sonnet, inspired by the Statue of Liberty, contains the famous verse, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.
After undergoing several modifications, Lady Liberty’s torch became damaged beyond repair and was replaced in 1986. The torch, accessible via a 42-foot service ladder, was open to the public from 1886 until 1916.
A spiral staircase leads to an observation platform in Liberty’s crown. The National Monument draws 4.5 million visitors annually. (If you plan to visit, reserve tickets well in advance!)
For more information, visit: Statue Of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) (

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.

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

Block Party at Hyde Hall & Glimmerglass State Park

Date: Usually Saturday in June, 2024.
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hyde Hall 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown, NY


The Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party. The event marks the start of our area’s summer season and offers opportunities for the whole family from 10 AM – 3 PM. Over twenty local organizations and growing will participate with activities, animals, crafts, free programs, nature walks, and music around Hyde Hall’s campus and around Glimmerglass State Park.

Glimmerglass State Park, in partnership with Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship (FORCES), will offer programs, leave no trace, fishing, camp safety, and provide guided hikes throughout the day.

Earth Festival at the Milford Central School

Date: Saturday April 20, 2024.

Time: Usually10:00am-4:00pm
Location: 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.


The Nineteenth Annual Earth Festival is approaching, and we are looking for exhibitors for our educational sessions. Past and popular educational workshops have included plant propagation, Yoga, Mushrooms for beginners, and the Eco-Art Challenge. We would love to offer a mix of hands-on workshops for all ages as well as discussion-based lectures.

Founded in 2006, The Earth Festival is a gathering of Otsego County’s environmental community for a day-long celebration that features exhibits, workshops, and products with an environmental theme. The event takes place on Saturday, April 20, from 10am to 3 pm at Milford Central School. Last year’s event featured more than 30 exhibitors and vendors.

Education Sessions:

  • 45-Minunte Education Sessions - Individual workshops or lectures on relevant and timely topics. Workshops can be hands-on, and more time can be allowed if needed.
  • 20-Minute Speed Sessions - Individual lectures designed to engage, inspire, and create space for a robust Q&A.


Fill out the form below if you are interested in presenting at Earth Festival or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 for more information.


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: This event has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

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: Usually Wednesday in May, 2024. Rain date in June.
Time: 9:00am-?.
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 2024.
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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