Our Fourth annual KLC BBQ and Fundraiser is just around the corner, and this is our annual opportunity to raise money for dam repairs, water quality, fish stocking, and general lake upkeep. This year we will be holding a Chinese Auction. In addition to raffling off wonderful prizes from local businesses, we are asking for everyone’s help to make this event even more successful.  

We are trying to collect as many items as possible that would typically be raffled off as part of a Chinese Auction. The KLC is asking members and residents to contribute items that can either be raffled off as a single prize or an item that can be combined with other’s donations in a larger basket. If you would like to donate a basket, or a single item (such as wine, gift cards, etc.), please contact Lisa Rich via e:mail at lisarich1@optonline.net before July 25th. She will coordinate your donation.

Thanks in advance for your auction donation. We are looking forward to a successful Chinese Auction!!

Independence Day events took place on July 4th and 5th this year.
Thanks to all those who ventured out in the rain and congrats to the following winners:

Kayak Rally
Justin Richards – $100
Lexi Reilly – $50
Nate Dyer – $25 + BBQ ticket
Tyler Lownsbury – BBQ ticket
Boat Parade
Chuck Ebel – Funniest
Jacob Slovak – Most Original
Jeff Trossbach – Most Patriotic
White Perch Derby
Logan Haller – $100
Brian Chobin – $50
Alex Van Schoten – $25


******* WARNING *******
Copper Sulfate will be applied to Kinderhook Lake
Sunday evening, July 13th

See the FAQ page for information and warnings
about Copper Sulfate treatment for algae control

******* WARNING *******
Copper Sulfate will be applied to Kinderhook Lake
Sunday evening, June 29th

See the FAQ page for information and warnings
about Copper Sulfate treatment for algae control

Saturday, August 2, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Kinderhook Elks Lodge on Rt. 9H

Enjoy a chicken BBQ with your Kinderhook Lake family and friends

 Drinks, music, and many raffle and door prizes

Tickets are $12 in advance, $13 at the door

Tickets can be purchased by contacting any Board Member (see DIRECTORS Page for contact info)
or online in the right-hand column of this website (you can pay by credit card or PayPal)
Only 300 meals will be served this year, so get your tickets early before they sell out

July 4th weekend is just a month away and the KLC has a few updated plans for our annual events.

Kayak Rally – Friday, July 4th – 8:00 am - 11:30 am
The Kayak Rally that was so well attended last year will be held from 8:00 am – 11:30 am on July 4th. Although this is called a Kayak Rally, this event is open to any non-motorized watercraft: kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, rafts, etc. Enter the lake at any location, gather as many tickets as you can from about 30 locations around the lake (marked with orange flags), and bring your tickets to the Rt. 28 boat launch by 11:30 am for entry into the prize raffle.

Boat Parade – Friday, July 4th – meet 1:30 pm at One Tree Island
As always, the annual boat parade will circle the lake starting at 1:30 pm on July 4th. This year we will pick up the pace a little and hopefully circle the lake in about 90 minutes. The past few years have had a less than stellar showing for this event, so we encourage as many of you to decorate your vessels and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boat, the most patriotic boat and the funniest boat.

Ring of FIre – Friday, July 4th – 9:00 pm
Light your flares along the shoreline at 9:00 pm on July 4th. Let’s ring the lake with fire as we celebrate Independence Day. Flares will be available at the Rt. 28 boat launch between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on the 4th, and flares and KLC merchandise will be available after 3:00 pm at Ken and Patty Bosen’s on Rose Street Extension.

White Perch Derby – Saturday, July 5th – 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Due to the overabundance of white perch in Kinderhook Lake, this year’s derby is designed to encourage you to catch as many white perch as you can, starting at 7:00 am on July 5th. Bring your white perch ‘collection’ to the Rt. 28 boat launch at 1:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded to individuals in several age groups who catch the most fish. All the fish will be donated to a local farm for use as fertilizer. NOTE: this event will take place on Saturday JULY 5th, NOT July 4th.

We hope to see as many of our members and lake friends join in these fun events.

On Monday, April 28th, the contractor completed the sluice pipe relining project. The new pipe was installed and grouted in place; it fit like a glove. The summer boards have been installed at the top of the spillway and we are bringing the lake back up to summer level. With the rain forecast over the next few days, it won’t take long. You can see construction photos on the GALLERY page.

Repairs to the dam’s sluice gate were delayed a week and are now scheduled to begin the week of April 21st. A coffer dam will be installed to prevent water from entering the sluice pipe while it is being re-lined. Repairs are expected to take about one week. During that time there will be no control over the lake level other than what goes over the dam’s spillway. Please be advised that if we have heavy rains while repairs are being done, the lake level could rise quickly.

Once the repairs are completed, the lake will be returned to summer level as soon as possible.

The KLC is once again pleased to announce that it has organized a NYS Boater Safety Course for this coming spring, sponsored by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Park Police. It is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation. It is an 8-hour class and anyone over the age of 10 can attend at no cost.

The course will be taught on Saturday, June 7th, at the KLIA Hall, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Please bring a bag lunch as there will only be about 30 minutes for lunch.

If you are interested in attending, please call 518-784-3024. Pre-registration is required no later than June 6th. A minimum of 10 attendees are required or the class will be cancelled.

A copy of the latest edition of the “New York Safe Boating Textbook: A Course on the Safe Operation of Boats and Personal Watercraft” can be downloaded to your computer, phone, or tablet by going to http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/education.aspx. Hard copy textbooks will be available at the class for those who would like one.

In light of last years legislation requiring all individuals born after May 1, 1996 to successfully complete the NYS Boater Safety Course, this course is critical for all 10-18 year olds this year. Last year’s course was attended by over 40 individuals, and we expect this year’s course will be equally well attended. Hope to see you there.

As many of you are aware, the level of the lake rose swiftly last week due to heavy rains, warm temperatures and snow melt. Even with the dam’s sluice gate wide open for several days before the rain, the lake filled quickly. So what happens next?

Relining of the sluice pipe (reported in the January newsletter) is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 14. This date, however, depends on our ability to get the lake back down to winter level. Assuming we attain winter level by April 14th, coffer steel will again be installed in front of the sluice gate to keep water out of the pipe while repairs are being made. The repairs are expected to take about one week.

Many of you who suffered dock damage this winter will have a very short window of opportunity to do dock repairs and any other shoreline projects while the lake is down before the week of April 14th. During the week the sluice pipe is being relined however, we will have no control over the lake level and the water could rise suddenly again depending on rain and flow of the Valatie Kill. Keep an eye on the water level and do your shoreline work as quickly and safely as possible.