This year’s survey identified two new locations of Asian clams in Lake George, and slight expansion of several existing sites. The following are the key findings of this year’s survey:
1. New Site #1: Rogers Rock DEC Campground Beach (Hague) – Discovered a small area of Asian clams on the eastern side of the beach, approximately 30’ diameter, in which 4‐8 juvenile clams were found in every sieve. No clams were found outside of that one small area. This is the northernmost site currently known in Lake George, and is in a highly utilized area.
2. New Site #2: Basin Bay Association, North side of Basin Bay (Bolton) – Clams discovered along length of beach of the Association, zero to four clams per sieve along most of the beach, mostly juvenile size class.
3. Blue Lagoon Resort Beach (Diamond Point) – Clams were discovered at this beach, which is a northward expansion of the Diamond Cove Cottages Asian clam site.
4. Veteran’s Park Beach (Bolton Landing) – Dozens of dead Asian clam shells discovered at the beach north of the wooden dock on the south of the property, at the outer edge of the swimming area. This is likely an expansion of the Norowal Marina site, although no live or dead clams have been discovered here until this year’s survey. Will monitor closely.
5. LG Steamboat Company (Lake George) – Dead Asian clams discovered under the steamboat berthing site at the Steamboat Company, discovered by Darrin Freshwater Institute independent of this study. The site lies between the known sites of Million Dollar Beach and Shepherd Park Beach, but is some distance from either.
6. All 14 previously known sites were confirmed to still have populations of Asian clams in varying degrees of density (a few clams per square meter up to more than one thousand clams per square meter). Further study this fall will identify relative densities of the known sites.
The full 2015 Asian clam Lakewide Survey Final report can be seen here.