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Please sign up for the GLCA email list if you would like to receive Association communications via email. We would like to communicate more often with members and email will help us to do this and cut down on administrative costs. We have worked to build an email list over the last decade and would like to make sure that it is current and start using it to notify members of drawdown dates and other notes of interest.

If you would like to receive emails please click on the image above and go to the email sign-up form to enter your information. Thank you for your help with this effort.

Request for Lake Photos

We are looking for photos to help make the GLCA website better and more enjoyable to use. If you have any photos and would not mind them being posted it would be helpful to receive them for the site. Please send them to Glen Rundell and then look for them on the site as we work to make version 2 much better than the old static website.

Trampoline Found

Found in the North Bay: A runaway inflated trampoline float, approx. 8 feet across, was retrieved in the fall of 2013. The owner should claim it by contacting John Rowe, 9440 Hart Rd. B, Galway Lake, 516-318-0246 or

2014 Annual Letter

Provided below is a link to the PDF version of the 2014 Annual GLCA membership letter.

June 2014 GLCA Letter Final

You can find archived versions of GLCA communications with the Documents of Interest section of this website.

2013 Galway Lake Drawdown Notice

September 5, 2013

Dear GLCA Member,

RE: Fall 2013 Lake Drawdown

During the summer of 2013, we experienced a significant increase in weed growth within the littoral zone of several areas of the lake. The Lake Preservation Committee has worked on this issue and thinks that this rapid change from 2012 to 2013 as a result of significant nutrient loading of the lake.

During the spring and early summer of 2013, we experienced an increase in rainfall that allowed a significant amount of the free nutrients within the watershed of Galway Lake to enter the lake. This combined with the clear water conditions and sun that followed provided ideal conditions for the rapid growth of weeds we experienced this year.

By the first week in August, we noticed that the weeds in many areas of the lake started to die back. We believe this was most likely the result of the free nutrients within the water column being diminished by the weed growth that had previously happened. By late summer this was evident within many areas of the lake.

The Lake Preservation Committee has researched the best method to address this issue and has determined that a deeper than normal drawdown that starts earlier in the season to allow for the sediment in the littoral zone to be dried out before freezing will help to impact the weed growth in the littoral zone. During the September 1, 2013 meeting of the GLCA Board of Directors, a motion was brought forth and passed to allow for this deeper and earlier than normal drawdown. We understand that this will impact the usability of the lake this fall, but feel the benefits to the lake’s ecology outweigh the recreational impact we will all experience this fall. Kurt Ladu will also be available to help those of you who need aid in removing your boats via the GLCA Boat Launch during this drawdown. Kurt can be reached at (518) 269-0397.

The 2013 drawdown will begin on September 15, 2013, at which time we will commence a 1’ drawdown at 2” per day. We will then hold the lake until October 1, 2013, when we will commence a drawdown at a rate of 2” per day until we have lowered the lake another 6’ for a total drawdown of 7’. The lake will then be held at this level until the first significant snowfall upon which we will refill the lake to a level of 18.5’. The lake will then be held at approximately 18.5’ until the ice has left the lake and we can fill to the summer level of 20.65’.

Please remember that we can all help the lake by reducing the quantity of nutrients entering the lake. There are several documents on the GLCA website that can help you to better understand the role we all are playing in the health of Galway Lake. The Darrin Fresh Water Institute Reports and those of the GLCA Lake Preservation Committee including the Integrated Lake Management Plan for Galway Lake are valuable resources that you can refer to on the website. The GLCA website is located at and will be updated throughout the drawdown and refill process.


J. Glen Rundell,

Drawdown Letter dated October 10, 2010

Outlet Tube Inspection

The outlet tube of the Galway Lake dam will undergo a routine video inspection on July 1, 2013. In order to prepare for this inspection the lake level of Galway Lake is being dropped to 20.6’ in order for the lake level to drop below the dam’s upper weir.

GLCA Dam Outlet Tube

The dropping of the lake level is necessary to allow for the robot that is used to transit the outlet tube without water running through the tube. The dam will be closed Sunday night to allow for the inspection and the lake will refill to the summer level as soon as the inspection is completed.

The GLCA performs these inspections on a regular basis as part of our safety inspection program that includes the dam and all associated controls.

Invasive Aquatic Plants & Species

Please educate yoursel fon the Invasive plants and species that can alter Galway Lake as we know it today.


Protecting Galway Lake is at the forefront of the GLCA’s Lake Preservation Committee efforts and the Galway Lake community at large.

As the summer of 2013 is fast approaching we would like you to be watching for the first sign of an invasive plant or species in Galway Lake. To help you in identifying these plants and species the Lake Preservation Committee has put together a two page document that can help you to visually identify these hazards to our lake.

Please take the time to download, read and share this document with your family and friends. Early identification can help us in trying to control one of these plants or species when detected in the lake.

Invasive Aquatic Plants & Other Invasive Species Document for download

If you have any questions, concerns, or input on issues affecting the lake please reach out to the Lake Preservation Committee as they would like to discuss these items with you.

2012 CSLAP Report

The following link will take you to the Galway Lake CSLAP Summary 2012.pdf that presents the results of the 2012 lake survey. Additional information from past CSLAP surveys is available within the Documents of Interest section of the GLCA website for your review.

The following information is from the website and will provide you with an overview of the program.

What is CSLAP? The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) is a volunteer lake monitoring program run by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA). It was initiated in 1985, with the support of New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo. It was modeled after successful volunteer programs in Vermont, Maine, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Each participating lake association is a member of NYSFOLA, a not-for-profit coalition of lake associations and others interested in lake management. NYSFOLA was founded in 1983 and presently serves nearly 200 lake associations as well as individual and corporate members.

Citizen volunteers from NYSFOLA-member lake associations are responsible for collecting biweekly water quality data and samples from June through October. In 2005, nearly 100 lakes participated in the program. Samples are collected from surface waters (epilimnion) for shallow lakes. Bottom, or hypolimnion, samples are collected from deeper lakes. Parameters include water temperature, transparency, conductivity, pH, color, phosphorus, nitrogen, Chlorophyll A, and calcium.

Water samples are sent to a state-certified laboratory (currently Upstate Fresh Water Institute in Syracuse, NY) for analysis. These results and other lake measurements are forwarded to NYSFOLA and NYSDEC. Each participating lake receives a report highlighting the year’s sampling results. In addition, results are stored electronically to allow for the comparison of historical data and current conditions. This allows changes and trends in water quality to be observed and predicted for CSLAP lakes. Ultimately, CSLAP participation provides NYSDEC and NYSFOLA lake associations with a basis for making management decisions.

In order to ensure that the data collected is of the highest caliber, all volunteers are trained to adhere to procedures set forth in the CSLAP Sampling Protocol. Lakes are asked to commit to a five-year sampling regimen. Hence, a firm commitment from volunteers and lake associations is required prior to enlisting in the program.

Galway Lake CSLAP Summary 2012

2012 Annual Letter Attachments

The following two attachments are associated with the 2012 GLCA Annual Letter and contain information about Blue-Green Algae and what you can do as a Camper to help the lake.



These documents are also available in the GLCA website’s Documents of Interest section.