Milfoil Watch

Adopt a section of shoreline and notify us if you see any changes. We especially need eyes on the lake on the Narrows and the Lower Lake.

If you would like to adopt a section of shoreline, please contact us.

Pledge One Day For Chateaugay

We need volunteers to help with:

  • cleaning up after the July 4th boat parade or other heavy boating days
  • removing floating milfoil mats during high fragmentation days

If you can assist with these activities, please contact us.

Volunteer Surveys

CLF volunteers help with monitoring and mapping. With our partners at the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program and the Adirondack Park Agency, the South Inlet of the Upper Lake has been mapped with GIS waypoints. Each summer, volunteers use a tablet loaded with these waypoints to survey the native and invasive plants at each point. The results found at a waypoint are loaded into the Survey123 app and downloaded to create a map similar to the one shown here. The CLF is looking to expand these valuable surveys to include both the Narrows and Lower Lake in the near future. Surveyors will need special training in advance to participate and must have access to a small motorboat, be comfortable navigating using a GPS based system and using an app to enter data. If you would like to be a part of this survey work, please contact us.

Lake Tracker Survey

Learn about threats to our Lake

Throughout the year, various agencies throughout the Adirondacks conduct seminars, webinars and in-person trainings. For a list of upcoming events, click below.

Take Action

Chateaugay Lake is located in three towns. Most of Upper Chateaugay Lake is in the Town of Dannemora, most of the Chateaugay Narrows is in the Town of Ellenburg, and all of Lower Chateaugay Lake is in the Town of Bellmont. The Towns influence many issues affecting Chateaugay Lake. Other groups involved in matters affecting the Lake include the Water Level Control District Board and the Chateaugay Lakes Association, as well as the Chateaugay Lake Foundation. Here are key local contacts.

Town of Bellmont

Meets 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm. at the Bellmont Town Hall located at 9 Hill Road, Brainardsville, except July and August at owls head fire station.

Address: PO Box 35, Brainardsville, NY 12920-0035


Town of Dannemora

Meets 4th Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the Meeting Room at the Dannemora Municipal Building located at 78 Higby Road, Chazy Lake

Address: 78 Higby Road, Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935
Town Office: 518-492-7541, 518-492-7314 (fax)
Website: www.townofdannemora.com


Town of Ellenburg

Meets 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 pm. at the town hall located at 16 St. Edmond’s Way,Ellenburg Center, NY

Address: PO Box 22  Ellenburg Center, NY 12934
Town Office: 518-594-7340, 518-594-3657 (fax)
Website: www.townofellenburg.com



This nine-member advisory board is appointed by the Towns to advise on water level control issues and management of the Forge Dam.

Town of Bellmont Appointees
Town of Dannemora Appointees
  • No Appointees
Town of Ellenburg Appointees


Address: PO Box 174 Brainardsville, NY 12915


The CLA is a membership association of lake residents, visitors and others who enjoy Chateaugay Lake. It was formed over 40 years ago and has sponsored a variety of social, recreational, ecological and educational activities related to the Lake over the years.

Board Contacts