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

Help protect Otsego Lake. HOW? Attend the FREE CRISP (Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership) Watershed Steward Training! Saturday April 29th, 2017 from 9 am to 4:30 pm SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Boathouse 7016 State Highway 80, Springfield, NY 13333 ~ 7 Miles North of Cooperstown Learn about:

• Plants & animals that can change your water.

• Laws used to protect against invasions.

• Where these invaders hide & how to sniff em’ out.

Any questions contact Paul at or 607-435-4989, this class will also be available on Friday May 26th, 2017 from 9 am to 4:30 pm SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Boathouse 7016 State Highway 80, Springfield, NY 13333 ~ 7 Miles North of Cooperstown

See the full flyer here.

Otsego Land Trust - The Otsego Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Brookwood Point spring cleanup event on Sunday May 7th 1pm-4pm located at 6000 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Additionally, their grand Brookwood Point reopening event will be Saturday May 20th 12pm-5pm with food, music, programs and much more.

BOAT WASH DEDICATION - Please mark your calendar's and join us on Friday May 12th 5:00pm at the new Carl B. Good boat wash station located on Fish Road next to Lakefront Park. Carl B. Good was an instrumental part of the boat inspection program, he served on the OLA BoD and a number of committees to preserve the village and its environment.

           Announcement from NYSFOLA.
Greetings NYSFOLA Members! The DRAFT agenda for the 34th annual NYSFOLA Conference "Lake Ecology and Human Impacts" is now on our website at The conference will be held May 5-6, 2017 at White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY. We have changed the format this year so that the annual banquet will take place on the evening of Friday May 5th, and we will end the conference Saturday afternoon - with an optional Saturday evening lodging package for those who may need it. Topics this year, as always, cover a variety of lake related topics including onsite wastewater inspection programs, dam safety, invasive species, lake and watershed management, citizen science, and more!!! We want to draw special attention to Friday's session designed to help lake associations navigate the rules for not-for-profit organizations. We think that many of our members will benefit from this important discussion. NYSFOLA Welcomes Carrie Pollack, Esq. from Hancock and Estabrook, LLP to discuss the somewhat confusing rules for NY Not-for-Profits including Lake Associations. We are still working on the details of the session, but here’s what we anticipate: Corporate Characteristics of Nonprofits – State Perspective Tax Exempt Status – Federal Perspective Regulating Agencies – Who They Are & What They Care About Board Responsibilities – Record keeping responsibilities, Fiduciary duties, What is an officer? What is a director? What is proper role? Committees, Board member orientations Changes in the Law – Conflicts of interest, Audit requirements. We look forward to seeing you all once again at our annual gathering. Don't forget to bring something for the Silent Auction!

           Five divers and two tenders braved the cold, windy, snowy and icy conditions Saturday to remove the last two (Springfield landing and Cooperstown lakefront) 5mph no-wake buoys from the lake. See all the pictures here.

Photo credit: Paul Lord

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny

           Maggie Doolin & Colleen Parker (SUNY Oneonta graduate students) assisted Paul Lord in deploying the winter buoys which now hold up Professor Yokota's water monitoring sensors, at 5-Mile apt, in 100' of water.

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

          Click image below for a jellyfish video that was taken this summer on Otsego Lake.

Credit: Alex Krstevski & Nathan Schoellig

          Glimmerglass Film Days, a showcase for powerful films reflecting humanity’s complex relationships with the natural world, will take place November 10-14, 2016 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 sponsor the film Rango this year. For more information visit Glimmerglass Film Days.

Photo credit: Zach Piper

          We now have a water buoy installed off the shore of 5-mile that will continuously collect water temperature and light intensity data at 15-minute interval at various depths, 24/7. The majority of the new system was installed by the BFS Volunteer Dive Team, lead by Paul Lord and Jim Vogler (Lecturers of Biology, SUNY Oneonta) and assisted by SUNY Oneonta undergraduates Zach Piper and Alex Sessions. Two BFS interns from Laurens Central School, Kayla Johnson and Connor Lewis March Sr., completed installation of the sensors under supervision by Kiyoko Yokota (Assistant Professor of Biology, SUNY Oneonta). See the press release here.

Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny

          Over 60 people joined us at the Mohican Farm for an informative morning of lake oriented talks. See all the pictures here.

Photo credit: Paul Lord

          After many months of hard work by OCCA, OLA, Village of Cooperstown, Local contractors and many others, we now have a fully functioning Boat Wash Station at Lake Front Park in Cooperstown.

Upcoming Events

Earth Festival at Milford School

Invasive Species Training

Buffer Strip Maintenance

Otsego Lakes Festival

Annual Boat Parade

Annual Meeting

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