1. How can I report Blue Green Algae Outbreaks on the Lake?
A: Report any outbreaks to the DEC:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
Questions may be emailed to HABsInfo@dec.ny.gov
Bureau of Water Assessment & Management 518-402-8179
Bureau of Public Outreach 518-402-8044
Oneida County Health Departmental Conservation
Dan Gilmore 315-798-5064
can I participate and help with the Otter Lake Association (OLA)?
A. It is recommended that you attend one of the yearly meetings to learn more
about current activities being performed by the association. Click
here for more dates of these meetings. You can also send an
Email to the Otter Lake Association webmaster expressing your interest.
and when are Otter Lake Association meetings held?
A.Meetings are held at the "new" firehouse. Dates and times of meetings are included on the OLA
When and where are the Town of Forestport Town Board meetings held?
A. The second Wednesday of each month. Most meetings are held at
6:30 p.m. in the Forestport Town Hall (lower level). The July meeting
is held at the Woodgate Fire Department and the
August meeting at the Otter Lake Fire Department.
5. Where can
Boats be launched?
A. Motor boats can be launched on
the lake access on State Route 28. Canoes and Kayaks can be launched at the
access on state lands at the end of
Lake View Road
at no cost.
6. How do I
get a boat key for the boat launch area?
A. Please send a request to the webmaster.
members can purchase keys at a cost of $10 at any association meeting.
Has 911 Emergency Service been activated for the
A. Yes, 911 service has been
activated for response to emergencies in the hamlet of
Lake. For emergencies dial 911.
Other direct contact numbers include:
Otter Lake Fire
Department 911 (emergencies)
NY State Police (Old Forge) 369-3322
Webb Professional Offices
8. I am
remodeling my home/camp at Otter Lake. Is a building permit necessary?
A. Check with the Town of Forestport
Codes Department for building permit requirements.
Frequently used Town of Forestport Government contact numbers.
Control Officer 392-6379
Assessors Office (Appraiser) 392-5547 or 392-2804 ext. 3
Codes Enforcement Officer 392-2801 ext. 6
Highway Department 392-2623
Planning Board Secretary 392.2801 ext. 6
Town Clerk 392-2801 ext. 1
Town Court 392-2801 ext. 5
Town Offices 392-2801
Town Supervisor 392-3901
Town of Forestport
Where are Church
A. The Community Church and St.
Mary of the Snows.
Who handles Garbage and Recyclable collection?
12. Who handles Trash Disposal?
A. There is no town garbage or
recyclable pickup. Check your phone book for private contractors operating in
A. The Town of Forestport holds three collection dates each
summer. Dumpster are on separate occasions
placed in three separate locations in the village; one of which is in
Otter Lake. Hamlet property owners can, however, choose to participate
at any of the three
locations. Permits can be obtained from the Forestport Town Hall or
admittance can be gained by showing your property tax notice. There is
charge. The dates and time are posted elsewhere on this website.
There is not garbage pickup by the Town of Forestport in our area.
Arrangements need be made through a private contractor.
13. How can I check on the Weather
in Otter Lake?
Here for the latest weather
14 How can I
help ensure that the Otter Lake Bti program continues?
Bti treatments help reduce the number of black flies in the Otter Lake
the Bti program at Otter Lake is currently at risk due to the escalating
cost of these treatments. Please consider making a donation to the Otter
Lake Association. Donations can be sent to June Wellman/Treasurer,
1046 Norton Rd.., Otter Lake, NY 13338. Please
indicate that your donation is in support of the Bti program. Thank You!
15. What is
Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis) has been shown to kill black
fly larvae before they mature into adults. Bti is placed in areas where
black flies breed. The bacteria Bti occurs naturally in the soil and is harmless
to mammals, fish, birds, and insects other than mosquitoes and black flies. Bti
biodegrades quickly in the environment through exposure to sunlight and
microorganisms. Bti was introduced in the Adirondacks in 1982 during a NY
State Museum Science Survey study in the hamlet of Onchiota in the Town of
Franklin. Bti is also the only pesticide the NYS DEC allows to be used on
State Forest Preserve lands for control of biting insects. This is because Bti
is extremely specific in targeting black fly larvae and is non-persistent in the
16. Why is Bti
Bti is a necessary aid in
controlling the black fly population. Black flies are out during the day
and their bites are painful. Black flies are most active between mid-May
through mid-June. During the black fly season, especially in untreated areas,
some choose to avoid outdoor activities. To deal with the black flies, one can
purchase hats with fine mesh netting extending over the face and shoulders from
camping supply and mail order houses. Repellents can offer some relief depending
on the individual, species of fly, temperature, humidity, time of day, etc.
There are times that black flies will bite regardless of the repellent and
you have any additional questions click here to submit them to the Otter Lake Association