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

           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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