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Human-Bear Encounters: Keeping it Safe
Black bear photographed by Antonio ZacarolliAntonio Zacarolli, age 10, was quick with his camera, photographing this black bear foraging on Spring Street in Copake Lake (July 8, 2018).

About 15% of the black bears in New York State live in the Hudson Valley. Bears spend a great deal of their time looking for food, which can bring them into contact with humans. Bears are intelligent, and they learn from experience. If an activity results in food, they will repeat that activity. If an encounter with a human doesn't result in a reward (food), they will not have any reason to have contact with humans.

Restrict bird feeding to the months when bears are in their dens --- from December 1 to March 31. Feeding bears creates human-bear conflicts. When bears learn to obtain food from humans, they can become bold and aggressive. It is illegal to intentionally feed bears in NYS.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR: Tips from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • Never approach, surround, or corner a bear. Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.
  • Never run from a bear. Stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away and leave the area.
  • From a safe distance, make loud noises by shouting or banging pots to scare the bear away.
  • Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage, and pet food.
  • Ask your neighbors to remove attractants.

The Copake Lake Conservation Society Facebook Page
Have you visited our Copake Lake Conservation Society Facebook page

Facebook is part of social media, and our Facebook presence is indeed social! For many of us who are not full-time lake residents, it is a place to drop in and see current photographs of the lake itself in various seasons and times of day, as well as a place to share photos of our members and our events. Think of it as a place that is less formal, more spontaneous, more “in the moment” than the website, which is our main communications vehicle.

If you are a member of Facebook, don’t forget to visit our page and “Like” us so that you get all our latest Facebook updates!

Our Weather Reporting Station

The CLCS and Copake Country Club have joined forces to install an automated weather reporting station and lake level monitoring system at the Golf Course.

Wunderground Weather: Trends and current data.

Upgraded Weather Station 2016: Rain, evaporation, water temperature, water level (coming soon), daily weather forecast and more.

This graphic represents weather reporting history from October 1, 2014 through July 1, 2015


Lakeside homeowners, dock and marina users, and anyone within the watershed (the area from which water flows into the lake) all impact the quality of Copake Lake. YOU can help to protect Copake Lake by preserving or mimicking as many natural processes in the watershed as possible, so that nature can accomplish its water purification task.

2 shorelines - good practice, bad practice


  • Leave natural buffer strips of trees and other vegetation along the lakeside edge of your property. Tree roots help to keep the shoreline intact.
  • Set your lawn mower to leave grass two to three inches long.
  • Avoid disturbing natural soil by extensive site clearing, paving, etc.
  • Direct surface run-off into natural depressions where water can slowly seep into the ground.
  • Minimize the use of harmful chemicals. If you must fertilize, do a soil test and follow recommendations. When fertilizer is indicated use phosphorus-free products.
  • Do not throw any organic material, including leaves, grass clippings, food or potting soil into lake.
  • Do not empty fish aquariums into the lake. They are a possible source of invasive species, both plant and animal.
  • Construction near the lake needs a barrier fence and hay bales to prevent run-off into the lake.
  • Maintain Your Septic System!

#CopakeLakeCS  #PreserveCopakeLake  #ILoveCopakeLake


Volunteer for CLCS
The CLCS Board of Trustees is asking our Membership to please consider volunteering some of your time to our organization. We are a small group of dedicated individuals who work hard to keep Copake Lake a clean, healthy and safe place for all of us to enjoy. Our organization is governed by a Board of Trustees, and is broken up into several committees including Lake Management, Fundraising, Membership, Education, and others. You do not have to be a Board member to serve on a committee. 
We are also looking for interested, qualified individuals to serve on our Board. Qualifications for becoming a Board member include a commitment to the mission and goals of CLCS, and a willingness to participate in the various tasks and activities associated with the organization. 
For more information on our Board of Trustees, click here.
Click on the link below to download an application for our our Board of Trustees:

For more detailed information, click on the link below to view our bylaws:

Membership in CLCS
Membership in CLCS is open to any individual age 18 or older who makes a minimum annual contribution of $100. Each paid membership entitles the individual or household to one vote at our Annual Meeting, which is held each year in July. Membership for the current year must be paid in order to be eligible to vote. Members will be voting on the new slate of Trustees, who once elected, elect the Officers. Please help us to preserve our Lake environment and consider making a donation to CLCS.

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