Lake Steward Program

Paradox Lake Steward Program -2014

This is the fifth year of our Lake Steward Program. We again have hired 3 young adults to work at the boat launch.  A training class was conducted by Dr. Eric Holmlund of Paul Smith's College on May 3rd in Horicon.  The stewards began work May 23rd on Memorial Day weekend.  This year paid stewards will not be covering Wednesdays based on inspection history that shows Wednesday is the day of the week with the least boat traffic.  Hiring three stewards allowed for some flexibility for both personal and family commitments.  Thanks go to Marcia Hartnett who was available to help with the interview process.  The Association has again received $2500 from the Town of Schroon to support our program.  In addition, this year the town of Schroon has started processing payroll records eliminating our need to use Heber Associates as in past years.

We will still be looking for volunteer lake stewards to be at the boat launch when the paid stewards are not scheduled.  Please see the Lake Steward Calendar on this web site to select an open time period and sign up for boat inspecting.

We look forward to a great year.  Stay turned for program status updates.


Sponsor a Lake Steward!

We need your help!

We are having difficulty getting people to volunteer time at the NYS boat launch for Lake Steward duty.

You can help by either donating your time or your money to assist the PLA in filling many open hours at the boat launch.

We understand that many of you are not able to volunteer your time.  You may only be here for brief weekends and have many family activities going on.  You want to help out, but your limited time at the lake is precious.

A half day of hiring a lake steward costs approximately $50 (wage, worker’s comp, unemployment, etc.), you can choose to sponsor a steward for $50 (half day), $100 (full day), $150 (day and ½) $200 (2 days) – you get it.

As you know, we are working to prevent any more invasives from entering our lake.  As it is, Steve Lamere has hand-harvested thousands of milfoil and curly leaf pondweed plants already this summer. Where did these invasives initially come from?  From the NYS Boat launch 4-5 years ago.

So please, do your part today.  Either write a check to the PLA and send it to Box 45, Severance, NY 12872, or go to the website ( and pay by PayPal.

Yes, I will sponsor a lake steward for:

___ $50 (1/2 day)    ___ $100 (full day)   ___ $150 (day and ½)   ___ $200 (2 days)  _____  more


Name ____________________________________________________

                                                 Thanks so much!!


On Site Instructions for Volunteer Lake Stewards

The site at the State Campground includes a gazebo, table, “Lake Steward On Duty” yellow a-frame sign, and a lockable deck box.  Place the sign in front of the gazebo toward the Park entrance where it is plainly visible when people turn into the road to the boat launch.  A second yellow sign “boat wash” has been placed farther down the road toward the boat launch and on the right side.

The deck box includes everything that you will need during your shift as a lake steward:  two folding chairs, a tennis racket type bug zapper, a clipboard with data collection sheets attached (the last sheet is an example of how to fill out the form), an eight page instruction sheet that explains how to interact with the public, a clear folder containing maps of the area, etc.  The box may also include samples of Curly-leaf Pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil preserved in an alcohol solution and placed in glass jars.

Also included in the box are items that can be distributed to the public: a PLA brochure with a map of the lake and information on milfoil and where to look for invasives on your boat, a “Clean Boats, Clean Waters” flyer, 2 ½” by 3 ½” cards that picture Eurasian watermilfoil, Zebra Mussels and Curly-leaf Pondweed with information on the reverse side, and PLA logo stickers.  If a boat comes through and the owners live on Paradox or they will be returning to Paradox, give them a PLA logo sticker.  Ask them to display it on the trailer on the section closest to the vehicle and on the passenger side.  This sticker lets the stewards know that the boat owners already know about invasives in Paradox and they will not need to listen to your presentation again.

The combination to the lock on the deck box is 5050.  Make sure that the numbers line up with the indentation that says “Master”.  If you finish your shift and no one is there to relieve you, place everything back in the box and lock the box.  Please remember that a number of people (42 in 2011) will be working out of the deck box and take care when you replace the contents.  The lock also allows you to stash valuables in the box should you need to be away from the site.   At times the box is used as a drop to give new stewards a yellow t-shirt and you may find a bag with a PLA member’s name on it.  The box will also keep all of our “stuff” dry.

If you are the first on duty for the day, walk down to the launch and check out the trailers that are parked.  They may have arrived the night before or in the early morning hours when no steward has talked with the owners.  Look carefully for weeds, zebra mussels and seed pods (especially on the bunks/carpet) and remove them. 

When a boat comes into the launch area, walk outside the gazebo and approach the driver with a smile.  Tell them who you are and what our goal is.  Ask if you and the owner can inspect the boat together.  Ask them the appropriate questions that will reflect the information needed to fill out the survey form.  Make sure that you ask what body of water they have been in last.  Ask if they would like a map of the lake and hand them one of the PLA brochures.  If they would like to join the PLA, provide them an application form.

Inform them that they may see orange buoys around the lake.  Ask them not move them or remove them.  They signify that invasive species are present and are waiting to be harvested.

Steward Survey Form:  Each new person that works a shift should fill out a new sheet.  There is a lot of data collection that takes place, and it is important to know which shifts are covered.  Even if a steward sees no boats, there should be a sheet with his/her name and a comment that no boats were seen.  

If there is an emergency or if you need to use the telelphone, please ask the campground personnel who are in the kiosk, garage or caretaker’s cottage.  Cell phone coverage is spotty at best.  Rest rooms can be located by referring to the campground map, which can be found in the deck box or by requesting one at the kiosk.  If you leave the site, be sure to lock your possessions in the deck box.


Lake Steward Signup Calendar

Here is a Link to our Lake Steward Calendar.  Please select a day and time to volunteer at the boat launch.  If you have problems signing up, call Blanche at 518  585-6343 or email


Volunteer Lake Steward What to Say and What to Do

Reproduced from training material provided by Paul Smith's College 6/30/2010



Training Videos for Identifying Invasives

Scout Program(part1)

Scout Program(part2)


Instructions for Making Invasives Marker Buoys


  • Small beverage bottles
  • Black magic marker
  • Rust-Oleum bright orange spray can
  • Nylon string
  • Tape – vinyl electrical will work
  • Gravel/sand/water
  • Rubber bands


1)     Make sure that the outside of the bottle is dry and then write with a permanent magic marker:  Invasive plants   Do not remove

2)    Spray the inside with Rust-Oleum Fluorescent Bright Orange.

3)    Tighten the cap. Then tie string around the cap a few times.

4)    Stretch the tape around the string to hold it in place.

5)    Cut the string 10-12 feet long.

6)    Fill a second bottle with gravel, sand and water.  This is the anchor bottle.

7)    Tighten the cap and tie the other end of the string around the cap a few times. 

8)    Stretch the tape around the string to hold it in place.

9)    Wrap the string around the anchor bottle. 

10)  Rubber band the pair together.


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