Welcome to the Otsego Lake Association

Our Mission

The mission of the Otsego Lake Association is to educate, advocate, and actively participate in protecting the health, beauty, and well being of Otsego Lake by facilitating the implementation of the Otsego Lake Watershed Management Plan.

Real time data from the Automated Monitoring Buoy located offshore near 5-mile point. OLA helps support the buoy project.

Between around November and April, data below does NOT reflect the current condition of Otsego Lake. Data may be transmitted sporadically for near-shore data collection and/or equipment testing.


Update (24 June 2022)the compass and barometer on the weather station on the data buoy are not working properly despite multiple rounds of troubleshooting. They are reporting incorrect relative barometric pressure (Rel. BP = "0 hPa") and wind direction (WinDir = "3277 degrees") on the applet. Other sensors are working fine. Yokota Lab decided to keep the weather station on the buoy for now, as we will lose all weather data while it is sent away for evaluation, and we do not have funding lined up for repair or replacement, whichever is going to be necessary (a new unit costs > $4K). If you want to know the general local wind direction and barometric presssure, there are two terrestrial weather stations: Cooperstown Elementary School (close to the southern end of Otsego Lake) and New York State Mesonet weather station in Springfield (close to the northern end of Otsego Lake, on the northern side of Hwy 20, 0.5 mile west of the intersection between Hwy 20 and Hwy 80 (where Convenience Corner, formerly Kelly's Deli, is). The repair or replacement of the weather station will be expensive, and we will provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your understanding.

Recent News

There is an active Blue-Green Algae bloom on Otsego Lake

As some of you may know, the beach at Glimmerglass State Park is closed due to a HAB – or Harmful Algal Bloom. The NYS Department of Health and the Dept. of Environmental Conservation provide guidance and information to the general public via the Harmful Algal Bloom page. According to the DEC, HABs may be present in all or parts of a waterbody, thus we wanted to share this information with you all. People and animals should avoid discolored water and surface scums. Toxins may or may not be present.

The algae in this bloom look like specks mixed throughout the water; wind can concentrate the algae along the shoreline, especially in protected bays. Bloom conditions in a given location can change rapidly – particularly with changes in wind direction or speed. Some portions of the lake may be impacted while others remain safe for full contact recreation. Check the conditions before allowing children and pets to play.

Useful links:

New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Harmful Algal Bloom page:

New York State Department of Health's information brochure: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6563.pdf

If you or your business maintains a shoreline area for guests and algal accumulations form, you can print and post the NYS DOH’s HAB Warning Sign (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6637.pdf.


Otsego Lake Association Annual Gathering




Over 40 boats participated in this year's parade with many more observing from boats and along the shoreline. Thank you to everyone who made this all possible. Most boats received a bag or two of candy and the six winners received an OLA towel. The winners were the Batista family, Reese family, Leahy family, Heneghan family, Tyler family, and the Cooperstown Rotary Club. Photos can be viewed here.


OLA donated the following children's books to the Cherry Valley, Springfield & Cooperstown libraries.
Good Night Lake
The Lake is Calling and I Must Go
Water is Water
Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean
Fishing with Daddy
The Little Book of Camping
Let’s Go Fishing 
One Frozen Lake
Bear Came Along
Pond Circle
Good Morning Loon

The books can be checked out at the above libraries or requested through the four County library system here. Additionally, the adult book Life and Death of Great Lakes was donated and is available at the Springfield and Cherry Valley libraries.


Mark your calanders for this years Otsego Lake Associations "Our Lake's a Treasure" themed Boat Parade on Sunday July 3rd. 3:00pm.


From the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) Executive Director, Nancy J. Mueller. "Congratulations!  The Otsego Lake Association's "Our Glimmerglass" was the winner in the Medium Lake Association category for the 2022 NYSFOLA Annual Newsletter Contest." Remember you can read all of OLA's past newsletters on the publications page.


Please keep an eye out around the lake for our Springfield Landing No-wake Zone buoy which is missing with a replacement cost greater than $400. The buoy will be marked “No wake,” “SWCD,” and “607-547-8778” and has a solar light on its top. If anyone should see the buoy, email Paul H. Lord at paul.lord@oneonta.edu or text him at 607-435-4989 or call and leave a message at 607-436-2818.


2021 Fall Newsletter


Incase you missed our 2021 Annual (Virtual) Gathering, it is now avaialble on youtube.


2021 Lake Citizen Award went to

K. Wayne Bunn is recognized for his decades of involvement with, and the protection of, Otsego Lake. He started fishing for Otsego Bass and lake trout on the lake at age 10 with his Dad, spent summers at his neighbor's camp while growing up, enjoyed Fairy Spring and Three Mile Point while in high school, rented a cottage at Aalsmeer on the lake for many years, owned and kept various boats on the lake over the years, and now owns a year-round camp on the lake and spends the entire summer season there each year. Wayne joined OLA as a charter member in 2002, was appointed Director at Large in 2004, elected President in 2008 through 2013, appointed Director at Large again in 2013, appointed Secretary in 2015 (continues to serve in both positions today), started and produced the original OLA newsletter for the first several years, planned and conducted the OLA twice a summer membership meetings for several years, originated the OLA boat parade many years ago and still serves as Chairman, and represents OLA at the annual conference of the NYS Federation of Lake Associations each year. He has conducted engineering reviews of various projects and subdivisions in the lake watershed for the Town of Otsego planning board, serves with the SUNY Oneonta BFS Volunteer Dive Team as a dive tender and boat driver, assists Dive Master Paul Lord with the training of new divers, continues to fish for lake trout and monitor conditions on and around the lake, promotes the mission of OLA to non-members and encourages them to join. And, most importantly, Wayne is recognized for his genuine interest and dedication to ensure the health, well­ being, water quality, and future of Otsego Lake- truly a local treasure we all love.


The BFS Volunteer Dive Team lead by Divemaster Paul Lord retrieved a sunken danger buoy this afternoon from the north end of the lake.

The SCUBA divers did not observe anything that warrants a danger buoy at the location where it was found. The buoy was likely deployed somewhere else and then moved by shifting ice or other natural elements. The mussel attachment above the water line indicates that it has been underwater for an extended period.


Photo credit: Peter Regan.

Photo credit: Kiyoko Yokota.


Sunday's Boat parade was a huge success with dozens of boats and spectators present. Special thanks to everyone involved who makes this a fun annual event. Pictures from this years boat parade can be viewed here.

Photo credit: Debra Creedon.



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Dear friends of Otsego Lake,

What a splendid sheet of water we share! Its surface and nearly half of its shoreline barely changed from Fenimore Cooper’s description. If you fish it, or if you sail it, swim in it, dive under it, ski on it, cruise it, tee off alongside it, soar over it, bike beside it, If you photograph it, paint it, or if you study it, if you skip smooth shale stones across it, If you dwell on its shores, if you dine along its edges, if your business relies on it, If you get your drinking water from the lake.

WHAT IS IT WORTH? If you haven’t before, it is time for you to join your Otsego Lake Association to help us preserve our clean, healthy lake. If you already are on our team, thank you! Be sure to stay with us! We are the only 100% volunteer organization devoted exclusively to the well-being of Otsego Lake! We are on a mission to defend the Lake’s essential values. Together, we pay attention to the lake day by day, always alert to emerging threats. We share information and create educational opportunities. We conduct research. We also “get our feet wet” building shoreline buffer strips, maintaining navigational buoys, inspecting at boat launches and so much more.

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Feared Quagga Mussel Invades

BFS Researchers Locate Invasive Worse Than Zebra, Researcher Says

Find out more here.

Photo by Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com

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