Indian Lake Community Development Corporation

Moose on the Loose!!

The Moose is Loose in the Town of Indian Lake

A host of moose-themed activities planned for visitors of all ages from guided hiking tours to the only moose-calling contest held in NY.

Indian Lake NY The 9th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State’s premier and only moose-themed fete, offers visitors of all ages a fantastic Adirondack experience. Held in Indian Lake, N.Y., in the heart of the famous six million acre Adirondack Park, moose-themed family fun activities will be the main attraction during the weekend of September 22 and 23, 2018. During the Festival, visitors are encouraged to explore the region’s peaks and valleys, rivers and lakes and revel in the burst of Adirondack fall colors.

Visitors to Indian Lake will enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions, many in the name of the elusive and majestic moose. The half-ton mammal has made a come-back in the Adirondacks, and one may even spot a moose during the Festival weekend. The Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.
Major Festival activities will feature several family fun Adirondack wilderness experiences and will include a Moose River Plains self-guided driving tour, guided hikes to Ok Slip Falls, Coney Mountain, Rock Dam and John Pond/Clear Pond. These activities, and more, offer authentic Adirondack experiences and are not to be missed.
Other Festival activities to enjoy include: an Adirondack Moose Research Status presentation, Indian Lake Museum Open House, Moose Lab 101, an Old Fashion Turkey Shoot, Count the Moose Scat Contest, Mooseterpiece -Children’s games and activities and much more. Festival mascots, Bruce the Moose and Smokey Bear, will be visiting different Festival activities for photo opportunities.
Back by popular demand will be the 8th annual Moose Calling Contest. Check out the Contest and witness the fun, and sometimes bizarre and authentic, hooting and hollering moose calls from both adult and children contestants. Ed Kanze, Naturalist and Outdoor Guide will be the contest Master of Ceremony and one of the official judges. The contest will be limited to two categories, adult and children, and will be held at the Indian Lake Theater. To view an actual Great Adirondack Moose Calling Contest, see .

Additional 2018 Festival activities will include Chain Saw Carving Demonstrations, Hand Fly Tying Demonstration, Techniques and Exhibit, Raquette Lake Navigation-Brunch Cruise, Wine Sampling Tent, Utica Zoo Mobile, shopping for arts and crafts in the Big Moose Tent and at local retailers, Contemporary Rustic Gallery Exhibit and live music.

Sponsors of the 9th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival include:
Bull Moose Sponsorships: Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, Adirondack Camp Antiques, gra*FIX, Hutchins Construction, Inc., Indian Lake Restaurant, Tavern & Liquor Store, Town of Indian Lake, Indian Lake Central School District, Indian Lake Theater and Mannix Marketing, Inc.
Big Daddy Moose Sponsorships: Adirondack “By Owner” LLC, Allen Van Hoff, Barton Mines Company, Gadway Realty, Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association, Pine’s Country Store, Steet Toyota and Stewart’s Shops.
Momma Moose Sponsorships: Abanakee Studios, Marty’s Chili Nights, J&R Eldridge and Stephenson’s Lumber
The festival is held during peak fall foliage which allows visitors opportunities to enjoy the beautiful colors in the Central Adirondacks. Most festival activities are free and do not require advance registration.
A full schedule of GAMF activities may be found on Facebook at “Great Adirondack Moose Festival”. For a copy of the 2018 Festival Program, please visit call (518) 648-5636 or (518) 648-5112. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a Festival Program at the Chamber of Commerce and at several businesses around town during the weekend.

Click below for full program…




Market flyer

Beginning July 7, the Indian Lake Community Farmers Market (ILCFM) will be open every Saturday, from 10 AM to 2 PM, through September 22, at the Indian Central School lawn, Route 28.
The Market Steering Committee’s goals are to provide fresh, healthy and affordable food to residents and visitors, provide a venue for local farmers and vendors to sell their products and to assist the Town of Indian Lake in revitalizing the Main Street. Planned weekly market activities will include music, entertainment, health and safety education, community organizations and local businesses, demonstrations and artisans/crafters.
Featured weekly will be regional farmers, bakers, maple syrup producers and “Made in the Adirondacks” artisans and crafters and local real estate. “The market is a great opportunity to bring fresh, affordable and healthy food to our community,” said committee chairs, Brenda Valentine and Taff Fitterer.
2018 market vendors include: (additional vendors expected)
• Hope Valley Farm – Vegetables, herbs, garlic scapes, pesto, annual and perennial plants
• Blackberry Hill Farm and Sanctuary – Organically grown vegetables and herbs, organically raised chickens and turkeys and eggs, non-gmo heritage breed pork
• H’arts for Home – Organic whole grain breads, cookies, gluten free baked goods, fruit jams, energy bars, muffins, roasted and seasoned mixed nuts, snack and drink mixes, dehydrated dog treats and hand crafted items
• Dawn’s Delights, Home Baked Goods – pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, crumb cakes, loaf breads, cheesecakes, fresh salsa and authentic Italian pasta sauce
• Homemade Quits and Crafts – jams, jellies, candy, maple syrup products and quilts
• Norm Gerber – Over 17,000 “Made in the Adirondacks ” hand tied fly fishing accessories: dry and wet flies, caddies, stone flies, bead head nymphs, wooly buggers and streamers
B. Dazzled – Beaded jewelry designs
• Made in the Adirondacks Arts & Crafts – Quilts, pillows, pot holders, towels and throws
• Greg Prine – Birch Bark frames, small tables, plant stands and book shelves
• Kurr Flowers – Locally grown flowers
• Howard Hanna Real Estate – local real estate listings and information
• Reflexology – Personal applications to promote relaxation and reduce stress
Individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Indian Lake Farmers Market Steering Committee, become a market vendor or participant or for information, can contact the Committee at 518-648-5636 or


See below for program information. You may click on the link to download the document.

HAS Flyer



HAVE A SEAT is a community beautification program created and organized by the Main Street Revitalization Sub-Committee of the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation. The program is intended to enhance the attractiveness of main street areas, to create a sense of community pride among residents and to encourage travelers and visitors to stop and enjoy the ambience of the hamlets of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Sabael. The objective of the program is to strategically place attractively decorated Adirondack chairs that will be seen by travelers driving through the hamlets. Given a sufficient number of chairs noticed, travelers will stop to take a closer look and end-up spending time and money in the communities.

The program is organized to be entirely community-based with no paid staff and with no cost to local government. Gifts, donations and grants received will be used to develop and enhance the program. The success of this program is dependent upon the effort, commitment and talents of  residents and interested benefactors. With care and refurbishing, the chairs will be used from one year to the next. With additional chairs and artistic creativity over several years, it is hoped that the Indian Lake Adirondack chairs become a must see attraction for visitors traveling in the Adirondacks.

The HAVE A SEAT Committee will encourage community groups, organizations, businesses and individuals to sponsor a Have A Seat Adirondack chair.

Chair Design

The design of each chair will be decided jointly by the sponsor and artist. The design should be original, colorful and eye-catching from a distance. The design will need to be approved by the HAVE A SEAT Committee. The planned design will be drawn on a 8 ½ X 11 mockup of an Adirondack chair.

Chair Design Guidelines 

The theme of the chair should reflect some aspect of life in the Town of Indian Lake and/or our region of the Adirondacks. There is to be no commercial advertising or logos. The design may be a realistic or whimsical interpretation of the selected subject.


The key to the success of this program is dependent upon the ability to obtain sponsors for the chairs. Anyone is welcome to become a sponsor. Solicitation will be through personal appeal, press release, distribution of promotional material to Town businesses and organizations as well as public postings for interested individuals, families or other groups in the Town. Sponsorship could include; purchase or manufacture of the Adirondack chair, designing and painting of the chair, securing the chair at its assigned location, cleaning, maintenance and winter storage.

Sponsorship Responsibilities 

Sponsorship involves a commitment of time, responsibility and finance.

The following responsibilities are expected of each sponsor:

  1. The sponsor agrees to obtain a traditional Adirondack chair made of finished wood. To assist sponsors, a list of local craftspeople who make the chairs will be provided.
  2. The sponsor agrees to submit a design plan for their chair to the Have A Seat Committee for approval. Approval will be based upon adherence to the established guidelines and theme of the Have A Seat program.
  3. The sponsor will, in consultation with their selected artist, decide on their chair design. The design will consist of paint and possibly other materials durable enough to withstand extended exposure to the elements paying particular attention to UV damage. Based on the experience of other such programs, the use of quality latex exterior house paints with a clear coat of polyurethane (with UV protection) is strongly recommended.
  4. The sponsor, in consultation with the Have A Seat Committee, will determine the location and placement of the decorated chair. The ability to secure the chair may affect the location of the chair.
  5. Securing the chair will be arranged by the sponsor. For consistency, chairs will be secured using the Committee approved and recommended cable system.
  6. Sponsors agree to maintain their chair to include the cleaning and touching up of incidental damage.
  7. It will be the responsibility of the sponsor to store the chair in a protected area over winter and to refurbish it as necessary for the next spring.
  8. For insurance purposes, each sponsor must allow the  IL Town Parks and Rec Dept and Main Street Revitalization Committee an opportunity to inspect each chair during the Spring of each year.  Annual inspection and approval of each chair must occur before the chair is insured and displayed.

Have A Seat Program Info

See the complete Comprehensive Plan here, click on the link to download.
This is a large pdf file.

Final Indian Lake Comprehensive Plan (04072017)


The executive committee meeting that was scheduled for May 16 has been rescheduled. It will now be held on Wed. May 23 at 6:30 in the school library.

On March 22, 2018 the ILCDC invited recipients, Board members and Town Officials to attend a special Thank You celebration for the Main Street Grant program. Seven local business received grants and completed projects to upgrade and enhance their facilities. The ILCDC’s Main Street Revitalization Committee led by Brenda was instrumental in obtaining the grants and facilitating the process.

Directors present at the Celebration were:  

Jack, Sally, Meade and Brenda.

Grant Businesses:

Grant business owners present: Freddy Eichler, Melanie Stiffel, Ann Miller, Aaron Gadway.

Grant business owners not present: Tim Pine, Bev King, Nate Kullman


Additional attendees:

Patricia Curry

Pete Klein

Kathy Hutchins

John Rathbun

Robin Hill – CAP 21 grant writer

Lenny Baglieri

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