136 years ago, on a majestic lake in the heart of the Adirondacks, a steamboat glided through an August night. In tow were some 75 rowboats and their passengers. An orchestra played. A cannon roared salute. "Jubilee" (Gospel) singers raised their voices. And shining Chinese lanterns — some hanging from the boats, others drifting on the waves — glittered like a thousand water-borne stars.
From the forests and open meadows surrounding the lake people waved and cheered. Bonfires flickered from the mountain slopes, and atop a peninsula high above the water stood a great hotel with hundreds of shining lights — the first in the world lit entirely by electricity. Almost unthinkably, this marvel of human ingenuity stood here, deep in the the Adirondack wilderness — an unparalleled achievement that looked far into the future. The Prospect House had officially opened its doors but a few months earlier and the guests were now celebrating with this festival of lights.
This summer, on August 26, 2018, the 2nd Annual Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla will sail, highlighting a day of music, food and fun for the whole family!
Click here for press release and list of distinguished performers and presenters in this year's Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla Festival.
2pm - 2:45pm: Blessing of the Fleet at Church of the Transfiguration, followed by presentation by Hallie Bond
3pm - 4pm: Refreshments and tour of the historic Hedges restort.
4:15pm: Prosepect Point Cottages BBQ starts.
4:30pm - 6:30pm: Concert, interspersed from 5pm - 5:30pm with remarks of welcome from our distinguished speakers.
Bring picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy the expansive Prospect Point lawn overlooking beautiful Blue Mountain Lake (limited seating will be available).
6:15pm: Flotilla Assembly begins
7pm - 8pm: Flotilla on Blue Mountain Lake
$25.00 for teenagers and adults, $10.00 for children ages 4-12, $20.00 for those registering and paying in advance, and $10.00 for guests of Prospect Point Cottages. This includes food at the Hedges and Prospect Point and the concert. The Flotilla itself will be comprised of antique non-motorized boats or boats in antique style, at $15.00 per craft which cost includes the captain of the boat. All other passengers are $15.00 per person. Boat tickets also include all the shore activities. We also welcome more modern non-motorized craft, but all vintage craft will be towed at the front of the line.
Suggested Donations: A separate fund is being established through the Chamber of Commerce in which all donations will help provide scholarships for young historians and musicians in our local area.
Please make your check out to the Town of Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and indicate in the memo that the check is for the “Flotilla on Blue Mountain Lake.” Checks should be mailed to the Town of Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 724, Indian Lake, NY 12842. On the spot registration at the event will also take place. All funds go to making possible the 2018 Flotilla event; any additional funds that may come in which are not marked for the history and music scholarship will be set aside to support next year’s 2019 Flotilla.
For further information call David Oestreicher at Prospect Point Cottages (518) 352-7378, or visit or call the Town of Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce (518) 648-5112, or on Facebook — Blue Mountain Lake Message Board.