Welcome to Fallsburg Fishing & Boating Club
News for Pleasure Lake Members
Announcements (September 2, 2021 9am)
DAM ROAD/WEST SHORE WARNING -
DAM AUXILIARY SPILLWAY ROAD IS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC THIS MORNING
Last night’s historic storm from the remnants of Hurricane/TS Ida has made travel throughout the region extremely difficult last night & this morning, and we are no exception on Pleasure Lake. Bill V and Caretaker Jim R have been preparing and in contact over the last four days as we began removing boards on Monday to drop the lake in advance of the storm. Before the storm arrived, the lake was down several inches with all storm boards removed. As the storm moved in and forecasts for extreme rainfall persisted, we removed the last available winter boards to drop the lake even further to mitigate the approaching storm. Even with those measures, the lake rose 18 inches overnight, and about 10 inches of water began flowing across the auxiliary spillway exactly as it was designed to do and barriers were placed closing the roadway out of caution. The lake levels held as the spillway did its job moving the flood waters downstream and the flood levels are now receding at a rate of about half inch per hour. The situation is fluid and it will take some time for the water to recede allowing safe travel across the auxiliary spillway, so if you can avoid or delay traveling until later this afternoon, please do so. While trucks and emergency vehicles can still pass safely, the Dam’s Auxiliary Spillway roadway has significant flooding and is currently closed to small vehicles.
Members can see some photos on our Facebook Group page or here in our Member Documents History page (to see photos from a similar October 2010 storm that shows the dam in action as well as some pre/post construction photos - congratulations to all the Club members who helped make this engineering feat possible & thanks so much to Bill V, Mick M & our caretaker Jim R for their hard work!
Stay safe everyone!
THE FF&BC ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 at 9:30am in person at the Clubhouse Pavilion - the Call to Meeting as well as Draft Meeting Minutes from the May Semi-Annual can be found on the Members Documents page.
Please stay vigilant - the Lake has been clear throughout August when the dog days of Summer usually bring algae growth. We do not expect any HAB issues this year, but hot weather conditions can often set up lakes around NYS for the “bad” algae to collect into a HAB (harmful algal bloom). Be especially careful with dogs and children if you spot a HAB condition. We will continue to watch, but please use caution as HABs often move around depending on wind and other conditions. Our frequent testing gives us good & timely information, but we all need to stay vigilant.
Fines will return:
All members should ensure that your road ditch is clear and water can run freely – this is critical to keep our roads in good shape at this time. Please note that Members who fail to do so will be fined.
Note that information on events and latest news, forms and updates are regularly posted here on our web site.
Members and family may also join our FaceBook Pleasure Lake Group for timely news updates, event reminders, photos, social messages and neighborhood items of interest. Request to join at:
The dumpster is for members' household garbage only. Please do not place any items near the dumpster (no BBQs, boats, chairs etc). Please continue to separate your recyclables and PLEASE BREAK DOWN CARDBOARD BOXES!
Please remember that our cameras at the dumpster are operational and fines will be imposed for any improper dumping.
We are so thankful for all of our members and the efforts they have taken throughout the Coronavirus emergency to keep everyone (and our neighbors) safe.
The Hudson Valley has been seeing a resurgence of the Coronavirus - particularly with the spread of the Delta variant. Vaccines are now widely available and all members are encouraged to get vaccinated. We remind everyone to stay safe by remaining vigilant, practice social distance and UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS SHOULD continue to use masks when within six feet of someone not from your household and mask wearing is recommended by the CDC indoors where the vaccination status of individuals there is unknown. While Phase 4 capacity limit guidance has largely been lifted in most circumstances, we will continue to limit the maximum number of individuals at a social gatherings of up to 100 people together indoors and 200 people outside, our programs are designed to ensure safe limits and we will continue to limit indoor gatherings to safe capacity & proper distancing must be maintained.
Kindly note that our treasurer information has changed. If you need to contact her or have not yet received a notice from her, please let us know and we will provide the contact information. We apologize for any delays experienced during the treasurer transition.
More news and updates are shared periodically in membership emails, on the Events tab of this website and on our Facebook Group Page.
Keep up the good work everyone!
In light of the state of emergency issued by Governor Cuomo as well as Sullivan County and the Town of Fallsburg, the Fallsburg Fishing & Boating Club is aware of the need to adjust our methods and services to respond to the COVID-19/Coronavirus here in our community and the nation. The Board of Directors and Club President James Creighton have been meeting and will continue to do so as needed during this emergency; periodic messages will be delivered here and via email and Facebook to keep our members informed regarding news on Pleasure Lake. Please ensure that you are adhering to social distancing and personal hygiene recommendations. There shall be no congregating on Club properties in groups larger than 100 indoors/200 outdoors during the 2021 expansion of reopening Phase 4. Masks must be worn by unvaccinated individuals whenever passing within 6 feet of another person. We will continue to provide essential services for our FF&BC community in a safe manner.
The dumpster is open and available for member cabin household garbage ONLY. Please keep in mind that the cameras are working and are constantly monitored. Internet service is available at the Clubhouse for those that require broadband for schoolwork or conference calls (please reach out if you need ID/password credentials).
Life Jacket Law for Children Under 12
Any youth under the age of 12 must wear a securely fastened U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device of appropriate size. NYS Nav. Law Section 40.1(d).
From Nov 1 - May 1, all people in a boat regardless of age must wear a PFD.
"This includes canoes, kayaks, rowboats and motorboats ..." NYS Nav. Law Section 40.1(e).
As always, it is important to remind everyone to
stay safe and use common sense since road conditions are constantly changing.
Avoid soft areas during and after storm events.
Parking areas at the yellow gate and at the clubhouse are always open for your use.
Please be sure that all docks and boats are properly secured so that they do not break free during storm events, etc.
House Rule AW (Amended)
As part of our ongoing efforts to preserve the Pleasure Lake watershed, and at the direction of the membership at the Club's Annual Meeting on September 2, 2018, the Board of Directors has amended House Rule AW (effective 1/1/2019):
“A new member land preservation assessment fee of $3,000 will be collected from every new member to the Club upon any transfer of a share except a transfer between spouses or between a parent and a child where no consideration is exchanged. Revenues from the new member land preservation assessment fee shall be deposited in the Club’s Land Purchase Fund. Such assessment fee shall apply to any transfer of shares occurring on or after January 1, 2019. The purpose of this assessment is to assist with the funding plan to preserve Pleasure Lake and its surrounding watershed. The Club’s Land Purchase Fund has been established to help fund acquisitions of interests or rights in real property for the preservation of Pleasure Lake’s watershed, including preservation of open space, brooks or streams flowing into the lake and preservation of forested lands surrounding Pleasure Lake. (Amended 09/18/2018)”
PLEASE BE SURE ALL USED BOATS UTILIZE THE NEW
CLEANING STATION AT THE CLUBHOUSE BEFORE
THEY ARE LAUNCHED INTO PLEASURE LAKE.
Launch sites are located at the Clubhouse and
on the West Shore (between the dam and the hill)
Amended House Rule AO Adopted by Membership:
AO. All boats new to the lake (including guest boats which must bear the name of the member in 3 inch letters) must first be approved by the Board of Directors. For a boat previously used on any other lake or waterway, the member will be required to provide to the Board of Directors proof of steam cleaning of the used boat, or certify that the boat has been checked, cleaned and dried/disinfected in accordance with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regulation 6 NYCRR Part 576 Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention; in addition, every boat/watercraft (as well as equipment trailer) from another lake or waterway as well as any Pleasure Lake boat that has been stored anywhere outside Club property must be cleaned and inspected at the clubhouse cleaning station and the member must certify completion in the log prior to being launched into Pleasure Lake by members and/or third-parties in order to prevent the spread of any aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Pleasure Lake environment. (Amended 5/29/2016)
(UPDATED HOUSE RULES ARE POSTED IN THE SECURE MEMBER DOCUMENTS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE)
Get a copy of the New York State DEC's
I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing
fishing guide by going our Links page or go directly to the DEC site at:
*MEMBERS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO REGULARLY VISIT & READ THE FF&BC MEMBERS DOCUMENTS PAGE (A Password Protected area on this website which provides valuable member info including our Lake Management Blog, Meeting Minutes, Rules, Member Lists & more)
Cabin Evaluation Forms are overdue.
Please return one if you have not done so already.
Our FF&BC Memorial Tribute area is a great place for members to remember a past member or loved one in a very special way here at Pleasure Lake.
A patio area with two stone benches has been constructed behind dam (southwest side), & it has been very well received by the members.
Engraved pavers can be purchased for only $50 to remember former members or loved ones who have passed away; those pavers will be mounted on the wall of the dam facing the new memorial patio and benches. We hope you agree that this is a tasteful and appropriate way to remember those who helped to make Pleasure Lake such a special place.
Feel free to click into our new Memorial Tributes page
on this website for more information.
NYS Law now also requires all people born in 1997 or after to hold a Boater's Certificate in order to operate a motorboat of any kind.
Please be sure to comply with these important laws to ensure your safety.
THANKS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS!!!
Help Protect Pleasure Lake and all our New York Waters from AIS
The EVENTS CALENDAR IS ON THE EVENTS TAB
(The 2021 schedule is posted - subject to change due to the Coronavirus emergency, etc.)
More details and flyers for Club events are posted on our Events page.
Connect with your Neighbors via Facebook
Are you on Facebook? Connect with other Pleasure Lake members, family and friends at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fallsburgfishingandboatingclub
If you have any questions or would like to contact the Board of Directors,
please contact our caretaker, Jim Reynolds via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone at (845) 434-5782 [home], (914) 799-1416 [cell].
Mail can be sent to his attention at P.O. Box 604, 168 Lake Street, South Fallsburg, N.Y. 12779
President James Creighton
Vice-president Robert Scott
Secretary Cliff Smith
Treasurer John Adamiak
Directors Steve Altman
House - Cliff Smith (chairman), Bob Scott, Ken Lang, Harris Alport, Bill Voegelin,
Mick Meier, Jim Reynolds, Ike Jennings, Dan Green & Roger Wild
Legal - James Creighton (chairman), Jim Reynolds
Dam - Bill Voegelin, Jim Reynolds, Mick Meier, James Creighton
Membership - James Creighton, John Adamiak & Cliff Smith
Boundary - Michael Meier, Bob Scott, Doug Keating & Jim Creighton
Tree - Jim Reynolds, Ken Lang, James Creighton, Mick Meier & Bob Scott
Water testing - Mick Meier, Bob Scott & Bob McPhillips
Annual Fishing Contest - Ken Lang and committee
Communications Committee - Mary Barresi, Jim Creighton
Pavilion Scheduling/Use Committee - John Adamiak (chairman), Jim Reynolds
AIS Subcommittee - Jerry Chiocchio (chairman), Lorine Harr, Bill Voegelin,
Mary Barresi, Michele LaBagh, Gretjen Clausing, Matthew Pringle, James Creighton
Town Liaison Committee - Steve Altman (chairman), James Creighton, Bob Scott &
Land/Property - James Creighton, Bill Voegelin & Steve Altman