December 8, 2013

Harrietstown marina sale pending

HARRIETSTOWN — The pending sale of Crescent Bay Marina looks to renovation and redevelopment of historic shoreline property.

Owned by the Duso family since the 1920s, the next owners in line want to expand public access for boaters on Lower Saranac Lake.

The new marina design includes adding provisions for campers who frequent sites on Lower Saranac and running an electric eco-tour boat through portions of the historic waterway. Paddle sports and boat rentals are part of the project.

The design also establishes a three-season restaurant at the marina.


Mike Damp of Lake Placid is managing investor of LS Marina LLC, the company formed to buy and renovate Crescent Bay. In an interview, he told the Press-Republican that the sale is about to close.

He did not specify the total investment for renovations, saying only it is in the “millions” of dollars.

There are two waterfront properties involved in the sale, a total 21 acres on two sections of Ampersand Bay. Both are in the hamlet area of Harrietstown. 

“The Crescent Bay Marina site (off Route 3) currently has 70 slips and 12 moorings. It is proposed to be converted to 175 covered slips, virtually occupying the same space as the current mooring field,” Damp said in a news release.

“The Annex site (off Lake Street) currently has 80 slips (75 covered), which will be replaced with 110 covered slips. There will also be 15 uncovered slips for sailboats.”

The proposed design reorganizes docks along the waterfront.

“Our marina planners said both sides (Crescent Bay and the Annex) could handle a lot more boats. From their initial projection of 400, we scaled it back to 285 slips. If you look at our designs, we tucked them into the bays, using the same space the current docks occupy. 

“It’s just a better design,” Damp said.


The floating dock system LS Marine has chosen utilizes six 6-inch pipes to anchor each dock, compared to hundreds of wood piers in place now.

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