Asian Clams

A new invasive species, the Asian clam, has been found in Lake George. Read more about the Asian clams here. (Adobe Reader required.)

What is the Asian clam?Asian Clam

The Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, is a small bivalve (two shells hinged together) that is native to temperate and tropical areas in southern Asia, the eastern Mediterranean, and Australia. They are small, usually less than 1.5 inches in size, and have a light green / light brown shell with distinctive concentric ridges.

Where was it found?

Asian clams were found off Lake Avenue Beach in Lake George Village on Thursday August 19, 2010 by Jeremy Farrell of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute. Initial concentrations of up to 600 clams per square meter were documented, covering an area of approximately 2.5 acres.

What's Next?

Spearheaded by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, a committee has been formed to help coordinate efforts to respond to this new invasion. Representatives from the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, the Lake George Park Commission, the Lake George Association, the FUND for Lake George, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are all working together to pool resources and expertise.

The next step is to determine the extent of the spread of the clam. After the extent of the invasion is mapped, options for eradication or management will be evaluated. We hope that the LGA has found this new infestation soon enough to successfully eradicate it.

News & Events 2/17/2018

Stay off the Ice!

As of President's Day weekend, the thickness of the ice on Yankee Lake has reduced dramatically, now measuring only two inches (2”) near the shore. This thickness is not safe for foot traffic or winter vehicles. 

Although we have returned to freezing temperatures this weekend, the forecast is to be above 60° by mid-week. Therefore, the plans for a Children’s Ice Fishing Contest for 24 February have been canceled. 

Be safe!


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