Black Lake Assoc., Black Lake, NY

  Black Lake, New York


"Nature's Fish Hatchery"

St. Lawrence County's largest lake.

  • Location;  Upstate New York in the Towns of
    Hammond, Morristown, and Oswegatchie
  • Length;  21 Miles
  • Width;  4 miles at it's widest point
  • Acres;  11,000 +
  • Average Depth;  10 feet
  • Fish Species;  Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye Pike, Crappie, Perch, Sunfish, Muskie, Bullhead, Bluegill, Catfish, Bowfin.


First Place - May

Congratulations to Joe Jackson, the first winner of the Black Lake Association's Monthly Photo Contest sponsored by the Black Lake Chamber. The snow scene shows clearly that Black Lake can be enjoyed year 'round. There are footprints and recreational vehicle tracks in fresh snow showing winter-enjoyment of the lake. The composition is excellent with a nice juxtaposition of trees against the snow.

Second Place - May

Congratulations to Mark Hujar, May 2016, 2nd place winner. The Black Lake shoreline illustrates how different the lake is from nearby Adirondack lakes--no mountain backdrop on either shore. It's a nice differentiation of this last of the Indian River lakes in the chain. It also gives a good idea of the vast area of the lake.

Third Place - May

Congratulations to Joe Jackson, May 2016, 3rd place winner. This photo shows a variegated sky at sunset through shoreline vegetation lining one of the quieter bay areas of the lake. It illustrates that the lake can be more personal and not as daunting as a big wide-open lake might otherwise be.

Black Lake Association Mission Statement

The mission of the Black Lake Association is to Preserve, Protect and Enhance the Black Lake ecosystem.

  • To promote conservation & a healthy ecosystem & to enhance recreation in the Black Lake watershed through education, communication and advocacy.
  • To promote actions that the membership considers important to the Black Lake environment.
  • To provide a conduit for concerns and action in fostering & promoting the interests of the Black Lake Association.

Black Lake Association Projects

Over the years the Black Lake Association has been involved in the following projects:
  • Water quality monitoring & management
  • Invasive species identification & eradication
  • Watershed protection signage
  • Route 58 causeway improvement
  • Walleye restoration
  • Septic system testing
  • Power boat safety
  • Fish Creek walleye breeding area restoration

Collaborative Relationships

The Association works with other common-interest organizations:
  • Black Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Black Lake Fish & Game Association, Inc.
  • Invasive Weed Committee
  • New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA)
  • Other Indian River Chain Lakes
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program

This is a volunteer lake monitoring program run by the NYSDEC and NYSFOLA. Initiated in 1985, it was modeled after successful volunteer programs in Illinois, Maine, Minnesota & Vermont. Our Association has participated since 1988.

Our volunteers collect water samples & data. These samples are sent to a state-certified laboratory for analysis. The lab sends results & other lake measurements to NYSFOLA & NYSDEC.

We receive an annual report with the year's sampling results. Stored results enable comparison of historical & current data, thus allowing changes & trends in water quality to be observed & predicted for Black Lake. Ultimately C. S. L. A. P. participation provides us with a basis for understanding changes in Black Lake.

Indian Watershed
USGS Cataloging Unit: 04150303
Watershed Map
Lakes, Rivers and Streams in this Watershed:
(provided by EPA's first River Reach File)
  • Black Creek
  • Black Lake
  • Bonaparte Creek
  • Butterfield Lake
  • Fish Creek
  • Indian Lake
  • Indian River
  • Jewett Creek
  • Lake Bonaparte
  • Oswegatchie River
  • Otter Creek

"Black Lake Currents"

Twice a year the associations newsletter, "Black Lake Currents", is mailed to all members. The newsletter provides information relative to activities and concerns of the Black Lake Associaton.

Black Lake Association Membership

Voting is open to all dues paying members of the Black Lake Association.

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Black Lake Association History

The Black Lake Association was founded in 1982 through the efforts of Marge Schaefer and a group of Black Lake property owners. It was created to champion environmental and preservation issues, and continues to address the challenging problems that adversely impact the Black Lake watershed.

P. O. Box 308
Hammond, NY 13646
Annual Black Lake Association Members' Meeting
the first Saturday after the 4th of July. Time and location to be announced.

Annual Meeting

Annual Black Lake Association Members' Meeting
the first Saturday after the 4th of July. Time and location to be announced. The location is announced in the Spring Edition of Black Lake Currents.

The Black Lake Association is a member of
New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA)
New York State Federation of Lake Associations