Managing the Watershed

The Lake Management Committee monitors lake water quality and recommends actions to minimize nuisance weeds and algae, reduce shoreline damage and avoid introduction of invasive species. The LMC contracts with a lake consultant and aquatic management firm for weed surveys, water testing and treatment applications.

​Overview and Best Practices

​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 natural processes in the watershed, so that water flowing into the lake stays as clean as possible. 

Resources

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LAKE MAPS? WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WILDLIFE AROUND THE LAKE? INTERESTED IN LONG-TERM TRENDS LIKE WATER CLARITY? Then this section is for you. We have compiled many resources for our members.

GRANTS Program

The primary objective of the Grants Program is to help homeowners and HOAs fund improvement projects which advance the Copake Lake Conservation Society's mission of protecting the quality of the Copake Lake watershed, preserving the ecological balance, and promoting safe recreational use of the lake. 

FAQs

What Temperature is Copake Lake in the Summer?

The temperature in the lake is in the 60s in early spring, typically warms up to early 70s by Memorial Day, and peak lake surface water temperature is typically reached in early August. Peak summer temperature measured in the center (the shallows will be warmer) is commonly about 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The actual water temperature varies naturally with depth and season. It is the major factor controlling when the ice forms and breaks up during any winter season.

The area around our shore is heavily affected by large algae blooms. Can you do anything about this?

​The filamentous algae in your area is a naturally occurring result of clear water and abundant sunlight. The algae grows on the bottom and as it produces oxygen can rise to the surface and form mats. It is a green algae and is not hazardous to health. Our recommendation to shoreline owners is to take action on their own and rake or skim the algae from their areas and dispose of on land. It is harmless, it just looks icky.

Can my business advertise in your newsletter or on your website?

​We very much appreciate the support of our local enterprise community! Businesses can advertise in both our award-winning newsletter and on our website.

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