Welcome to the web site of the Sacandaga Protection Committee. Formed in 2009 in response to proposed changes to the 80 year old Sacandaga Lake permit system, the SPC's mission is to protect the environmental, economic and legal interests of the entire lake community. Although the permit system rule changes have been put on hold, the SPC continues to support the interests of the lake community. The SPC is active in several ongoing issues with potential impact to the lake community.

The SPC is a non-profit organization and we rely on donations from the lake community to fund this important effort. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.


January 10, 2018

2017 was a great year for the lake and the SPC. The SPC continues to be successful in recommending board members for the HRBRRD, and can report there are now three permit holders on their board.   The SPC continues to vet potential board members, and encourages the Governor’s office to make appointments of qualified individuals to fill all the vacant and expired board seats so the HRBRRD can do their work.

We are happy to report the legal issues facing the lake are quiet, but we are keeping our lobbyist and attorneys at the ready. We are committed to ensure the Great Sacandaga Lake stake holders are not caught off guard by any potential changes to the administration of the HRBRRD and the permit system.

We’re also continuing to monitor the HRBRRD assessments for the Hudson River and Black River areas, and the proposed law to eliminate the HRBRRD and put the operation of the lake and permit system under the control of the NYS Power Authority. This legislation has been dormant in the Assembly, but we know it could be brought out of committee at any time. We need to stay vigilant. You should consider the SPC as your personal “watch dog” whose primary purpose is to alert you to potential problems and actions that could cause you and your family great personal dissatisfaction if improper legislation and/or rules are passed not taking your interests into consideration.

Our constant challenge is funding our organization, and fundraising is hard work. It takes the effort of everyone on the board, plus a dedicated group of volunteers to pull it off each year. This year we had our 2nd successful raffle, and continued our traditional summer event and our autumn Redneck event at Sport Island Pub.

We rely 100% on the generosity of the permit holders, along with other lake users and community members. We have no paid staff, and the money we raise is used to keep our lobbyist, Bolton-St. John, on contract, and to pay our attorneys at Hodgson Russ for work they perform, administration and bookkeeping, and fundraising.

This year we’re asking again not only for your financial support, but to reach out to your friends and neighbors and invite them to make a donation, buy a raffle ticket or to attend one of our events. Donations for the SPC may be mailed to Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce at 1 N. Main St, Gloversville NY 12078 or by Paypal through our website.

Feel free to find us on Facebook at and/or our website at and share with your fellow GSL friends.  

We are on duty 24/7/365 with our legal team ready to fight for you! Please support this effort with your donations and help!

Joe Sullivan, Co-Chair

Lou Stutzke Co-Chair




Ice Rescue Drill - February 10, 2018

On Saturday February 10th, 5 local volunteer fire departments, EMS along with Fulton County Sheriff, Richard Giardino, gathered in Northville to participate in an ice rescue drill. This training was conducted at the spillway between the Great Sacandaga Lake and Northville Lake, and serves as an important way for rescuers to practice their ice rescue techniques on a regular basis. Firefighters spent the morning going through many evolutions and scenarios utilizing equipment from each department to ensure familiarity. Similarly to how firefighters wear turnout gear to protect them from fire, in ice rescue they wear cold water suits to protect them from hypothermia and allow them to conduct effective rescues. It is critical to be well-trained before attempting to orchestrate an ice rescue, these can be as dangerous as structure fires. Departments involved included Northville, Edinburg, Broadalbin, Mayfield, and Caroga Lake. 

CBS News was on scene and filmed the drill. Click on the link below to view the footage.


The 9th Annual WALLEYE CHALLENGE Ice Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, February 17th, on the Great Sacandaga Lake

Click here for rules and regulations.


The Village of Northville will be holding their 2018 Winterfest on Saturday, February 24, from 10:00am-4:00pm.





January 17, 2018


Great Sacandaga Lake and Indian Lake Reservoir Reduce Peak Hudson River Flow by 74%

The Great Sacandaga Lake and Indian Lake Reservoir provided 1.93 billion cubic feet of water storage on January 13, preventing the Hudson River from reaching flood stage from the Town of Hadley to Fort Edward. The State's two Hudson River regulating reservoirs stored more than 14.37 billion gallons of runoff on Saturday, reducing the peak Hudson River flow by approximately 26,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) Saturday morning.

Last week's rainfall and runoff from melting snow caused the Hudson River to reach a peak flow of about 9,500 cfs at Hadley and 13,000 cfs at Fort Edward on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The storage capacity of the Great Sacandaga Lake and Indian Lake Reservoir prevented the Hudson River at Fort Edward from reaching flood stage.

Without the combined storage capacity of the State's Hudson River regulating reservoirs, Hudson River flow would have peaked at more than 35,000 cfs at Corinth and 39,000 at Fort Edward.  The reservoirs prevented the Hudson River from reaching a flood stage of 28.5 feet at Fort Edward, about 0.5 feet below major flood stage, on January 13. Operation of the Great Sacandaga Lake reduced the height of flood water by more than 4.5 feet, significantly reducing potential flood damage to buildings, roads and bridges in Hadley, Corinth, South Glens Falls, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, and Fort Edward.

If Great Sacandaga Lake had not been constructed to retain a flood event like that which occurred on Saturday then flooding and inundation of roads in Northumberland, camps in Lake Luzerne, parts of Route 9N and cellars in homes in Corinth, first floors of structures along Old Bend Road in Moreau, and numerous roads and property in the Village of Fort Edward, would have occurred.