Long Lake January 2021 Wrap Up Video

Raquette Lake Tap Room

January 2021 was a busy month for Long Lake and Raquette Lake communities. 

In Raquette Lake we saw the expansion of the Raquette Lake Tap Room to accomodate a busy snowmobile season. This extension was necessary due to the 50% cap on capacity for indoor dining. In order to accomodate guests our local businesses have been coming up with creative ways to make our spaces safe and viable for our visitors and residents.  

The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held as a new version, Winter Carnival “Lite” featuring Cardboard Sled Races, ice sculptures, skating and fireworks. 

Raquette Lake Tap Room interior


We saw vaccine clinics take hold in Hamilton County with the ongoing efforts of the Hamilton County Public Health Department. This team is coordinating a herculean task as the county spans huge distances between communities and boasts one of the most senior populations in New York State. Obstacles can seem at first overwhelming as the “Vaccine Hunger Games” require internet savvy and the ability to navigate a New York State website to book appointments.

Hamilton County Public Health has partnered with local town supervisors and the Office of the Aging to develop a phone list of people seeking a vaccine who meet the current 1a and 1b criteria for vaccines.  Week to week, as vaccine becomes available, eligible residents who are on a list are contacted and appointments are made to get the shots in the arms of Hamilton County residents.  If not for the efforts of the Public Health department residents would have to travel to clinics as far as Potsdam, Plattsburgh, Utica, Syracuse or Albany.  

If you are over the age of 65, or meet the 1a and 1b criteria  and live in Long Lake or Raquette Lake contact 518-624-3077 to get on the vaccine list. Office is open Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm

Living in one of the most rural areas of New York State doesn’t thwart the efforts of a dedicated Public Health staff and the vaccine roll out is on-going. Hamilton County Public Health asks residents to please be patient as clinics will be scheduled around the county as vaccine is made available from New York State. 

Ice skating rink

Ice sculptures were created in and around town, due to a cold snap, they are still standing. They are best seen at the Long Lake Town Beach and the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area.

The Long Lake Ice Skating Rink and Sledding Hill is open for regular hours with our attendant Matthew Waligora in charge of the rink. There are nightly bonfires, skates and sleds available.  Phone for conditions 518-624-3031.

We have bait!  Hoss’s Country Corner is offering LIVE BAIT this winter.  Call 518-624-2481 or stop on by. Open daily.

Groceries!  Long Lake has groceries, REALLY!  Get your staples and ingredients at the ADK Trading Post offering curbside pick up and also at Hoss’s. Both offer fresh foods, and a variety of treats that will suprise all palates! Don’t underestimate the services available in Long Lake.

Dining – the Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner Owls Head Pub and the Long View Lodge and the Raquette Lake Tap Room are open for business. Check out their hours and menus here