About the SOA

The SOA is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization formed to protect the ecology and beauty of Lake Placid and its shores; prevent pollution of its waters; maintain suitable surface levels; promote safety regulations; and maintain the outlet dam.

The Association was founded in 1893 for the purpose of preserving the quality of the Lake shores and water, while keeping the Lake safe for transportation and pleasure. The history of the Association is long, and filled with examples of its commitment to the preservation of the Lake. Over the years, the organization was instrumental critical environmental concerns, including:

  • Saving surrounding forests and watershed from logging.
  • Taking the leading role in fire protection along the lakeshore.
  • Maintaining a consistent water level for all who use the Lake.

The  SOA continues to preserving the ecology and scenic beauty of the Lake by:

  • Controlling invasive species
  • Testing Lake water and tap water
  • Assisting homeowners with septic system pumping and safety
  • Disseminating information on the use of fertilizers and pollutants
  • Promoting navigational and water safety by building awareness of boating regulations and by monitoring navigational lights and marker buoys.
  • Promoting fire safety by identifying all residential properties on the Lake for emergency purposes.
  • Maintaining the outlet dam

The SOA works closely with state and local government agencies, and community organizations committed to the protection and conservation of the Lake and surrounding land.