Promoting recreation in Tupper Lake

Surrounded by dense forests and natural beauty, Tupper Lake evolved over time from an industrial logging town into a landmark ecotourism crossroads in the wilderness. However, until recently, Tupper Lake lacked an up-to-date tourist guide. 

In January 2014, in an effort to remedy this problem, local businesses came together to start the Tupper Lake Recreation Guide project. When requests for grant funding from other sources fell through, the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce turned to Adirondack Foundation, which was able to award a grant through the Fund for Tupper Lake. The Fund for Tupper Lake was established anonymously in 2009 to support economic and community development in Tupper Lake.

Fifteen thousand copies and an online version of the first-ever all-season guide were distributed this past spring. The impact was immediate.

Michelle Clement, who then worked for the Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the  project. “It draws people in and gives them one source of information about local attractions,” she says. It improved the lives of local business owners, and provides tourists with a better experience.

Hillarie Logan-Dechene, director of philanthropy at The Wild Center, also applauds the new guide. “Our staff and volunteers are constantly answering questions about things to do,” she says. “The guide is a terrific tool for helping visitors and for supporting and promoting our local businesses and recreational outlets.”

To view a digital version of the Tupper Lake Recreation Guide, click here.

To support future projects like this one, please consider a gift to the Fund for Tupper Lake.

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