Balsam Lake Fire Tower 125th anniversary events planned


Arkville — This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Balsam Lake Mountain fire tower, the first fire tower in New York State.  

As part of several special events that will mark our anniversary, the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower volunteer crew will hold a “Meet the Authors Day” This event will also be part of the Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Festival in and around the neighboring village of Margaretville.
On Sunday, Aug. 26, please join the crew at the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower and/or the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville for an opportunity to “Meet the Authors.” Authors who have agreed to join the crew are Marty Podskoch, author of Fire Towers of the Catskills, Adirondack Fire Towers, and Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps;  Diane Galusha, author of Another Day, Another Dollar; The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills and Liquid Assets, The Story of New York City’s Water System; and Dave and Carol White author of Catskill Day Hikes, Catskill Peak Experiences, ADK’s Catskill Trails and Women with Altitude. These authors have several other titles that they have written and would be happy to discuss as well. The group is planning on hiking up to the summit so that the authors can chat with visitors from 10 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Leave the Millbrook Road trailhead at 8:30 a.m.. Please contact Laurie Rankin, volunteer coordinator at to register.

Following the hike the group will then go to the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development offices in Arkville for an opportunity for all of the authors to meet guests, including guests who were unable to hike up. The Center is providing light refreshments as well. Books will not be available for sale on the summit so this allow visitors to purchase the author’s titles at the center and have them signed. Jeff Senterman, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Catskill Region program coordinator, will be the host at the center and will have information on the trail conference’s stewardship efforts in the Catskills.

For additional information please contact Laurie Rankin at