Who We Are and What We Do

Following is a list of just some of the things the DeRuyter Lake Association does that would not be possible without the selfless members that volunteer to be officers, area captains and the gracious folks that donate their time and expertise.


Hold two membership meetings annually to conduct Association business on 4th of July and Labor Day week.

Conduct water sampling under the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) and sample for Hazardous Algae Blooms (HABs) through the NYS DEC.

Administer an Automatic Defibrillator Program whereby two AED's were donated to the Lake Association by the Jim Dwyer Jr. Memorial Fund and are located strategically around the lake including annual certification training for volunteers.

Sponsor and conduct various activities such as 

Hold Day and Night Boat Parades, annual dances, swimming and water skiing competition for kids.

Continue Labor Day “Burning of the Lake” Tradition – on Sunday of Labor Day weekend was the traditional time people would close their camps and move back home. So each member is given a 30 minute flare and volunteers line the dam with flares and all are lit at dusk signifying the end of summer. It’s really quite beautiful and sad to see the whole shore line emblazoned in red. Of course sitting by a camp fire watching fireworks with friends and family make it a joyous occasion. 

Maintain a friendly and professional relationship with the Canal Corporation under the NYS Power Authority to regulate Reservoir water levels attempting to satisfaction of a variety of stakeholders.

Maintain working relationships with local, state and federal agencies.

Maintain a membership with the NYS Federation of Lake Association.

Cooperate on various projects with the Tioughnioga Lake Preservation Foundation

It was the TLA that identified the need of a 501 c 3...and the ultimate creation of its supporting foundation.  


All of the above plus a lot more is all done with volunteers. There are no paid employees!