Big Moose Property Owners' Association


BMPOA June 2020 President's Message

updated 06/26/2020 2:02pm


Founded in 1928

Dedicated to Education and Environmental Conservation,

Water Quality and Water Safety

Junr 24, 2020

Hello BMPOA Members,

Welcome to our unusual 2020 summer activities.  Due to COVID-19, we have had to suspend the recreation program, lake swim, 4th of July picnic and other community activities.  Below is a brief update on some BMPOA issues and some upcoming activities including information about our Annual Meeting on Saturday July 18th

Invasive species:  I’m pleased to report that our lake had good water test results and no signs of invasive species at the end of last year.  It is incumbent upon all of us to make sure we and our guests inspect canoes, kayaks and boats before launching.  Dunn’s Boat Service is doing a great job of inspecting and power washing boats before they are permitted to enter the lake.  Further testing will take place again this summer.

Dye Testing of septic systems by the Town of Webb has been suspended for the year unless you make an appointment or there is a suspected failure.  Contact the Town if necessary.

Higby Road Garbage Collection: Mondays and Thursdays 9-10AM. Please remember to check the trash and recycling regulations posted on  White Metal (junk) Collection Day is scheduled for July 18th, 8AM-4PM. (Corner of Higby and Big Moose Road)

Community Center will remain open throughout the summer with access to high speed internet.  Please use social distancing protocols and proper hand sanitizing methods. 

Please note: the AED in the Association Center will be available from May 23 to October 12. As the Association Center is unlocked during that period, access is available at all times.

Chicken BBQ fundraiser will be on July 18th.  Please contact Kurt or Maggie Pardue at 357-3095 to place your orders. Please pick up your chickens from 11:00am-1:00pm. 

BMPOA Annual Meeting is July 18th at 9AM via video/audio call followed by the Chicken BBQ Fundraiser. An email will be sent to all members with the meeting agenda and link to the meeting a few days prior to the 18th. Details on BMPOA and other activities are available at Please contact me if you have any questions. See you on the lake. 

John Burrows
BMPOA President

315 357-5106

BMPOA Spring, 2020 President's Letter

updated 05/31/2020 1:51pm

BMPOA Members,

Your Board of Directors met online Tuesday evening [May 26, 2020] and after thoughtful discussion and consideration, made the difficult decision to cancel the summer recreation program due to COVID-19.  We all wanted to conduct a safe recreation program this summer but could not find an easy path forward to do so. However difficult, our decision is the correct one.   In keeping with current public health guidelines, we have also cancelled our planned 4th of July Picnic along with the lake swim due to social distancing requirements.  The good news is that we do plan to hold our famous Chicken BBQ on July 18th.  More details and plans for ordering to follow.

The BMPOA has greatly valued Kurt and Maggie Pardue’s leadership of the Recreation Program over the past several years.  In consideration of their agreement to return for the 2021 summer season, we have agreed to keep them ‘on retainer’ this summer and also allow them to use the Strack Camp.  Please reach out and say hi to them. 

The BMPOA Annual Meeting is planned for Saturday July 18th at 9 AM and will most likely be held via a Zoom Video call.  Details to follow.

We understand this is a very disappointing message for those counting on great swim lessons and fun with Big Moose friends.  We hope you create your own outdoor recreational activities in a healthy and safe manner this summer.

Thank you for your understanding and I hope to see you at the lake soon.

John Burrows


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updated 06/05/2017 8:07pm

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If you see anything missing, please use the comment form to advise the administrator.

Thank you.

Boating Safety Information

updated 08/07/2016 9:39pm

The New York State Office of Parks and Recreation publishes information about safe boating and certificate requirements for New York boaters at their web site here.  Please not that a new law took effect on May 1, 2014 which requires all individuals born on or after 5/1/96 to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses include those offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons. Individuals less than 10 years of age may not take this course of instruction. Certain allowances to this law have been made for visitors to New York, persons renting a boat and persons purchasing a new boat for the first time. You can find a Boating Safety Course by clicking on that link.

Support the Big Moose Ambulance Company through your purchases at no cost to you!

updated 05/19/2014 8:48am

Big Moose Friends and Family:
Please consider helping to support the Big Moose Ambulance Co. by participating in: AmazonSmile.
Your purchases can earn credits to our ambulance account.
Here's how it works:

What is AmazonSmile? 
  • AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
How does AmazonSmile work?
  • When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
  • No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers
Simply go to and register!

Please consider Big Moose Ambulance Company Inc. for your donation.  This could be a wonderful help for our volunteer operation.
Thank you for your consideration,

Sarah Dew
Big Moose Ambulance Company Inc.

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Loyal to the Lake

updated 05/31/2015 5:00pm

The love of a lake is a curious thing.  It never alters.  The lake may be a very small one, with broad shallows and little depth, but it is his lake, to which all other lakes, great and small, are compared--and always unfavorably...For years the man who loves a lake has watched it lying quiet as gold leaf under a July moon, has seen it toss in an August wind like a child in a tantrum, has seen it catch the blue of the September sky and deepen it.  Everything about the lake may be familiar, yet he knows that whenever he takes his boat out, to go round and round once more, he will note something unnoticed before...No wonder that when a man loves one lake, his lake is always alive.


--William Chapman White
Just About Everything in the Adirondacks, 1960


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