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Foster Lake applications available

Alfred University is now accepting applications for access passes for the use of the Foster Lake facility.

The Foster Lake facility includes a 25-acre property with man-made lake located two miles southwest of the village of Alfred. Created by Eddy Foster in 1950, the area was owned by the Foster family until 2003 when the University assumed ownership. The lake and the surrounding property are used for swimming, fishing, canoeing, sailing, walking, picnicking, and camping.

Lifeguards are on duty, weather permitting, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. beginning June 21 through Aug. 17, 2014. Swimming is not allowed without a lifeguard present. Dogs must be leashed; alcohol is prohibited; all camping and special reservations must be approved in advance.

Foster Lake is a pay-for-use facility and everyone who wants to use the property must purchase an access pass, including all AU employees, students, and community members. Fees are the same as for 2013: the early bird rate, available until Tuesday, July 15, is $100 for individuals and $150 for families; after that date the passes will increase to $125 for individuals and $175 for families. AU and Alfred State College students with a valid ID may purchase an access pass for $25. Day passes are not available.

Payments may be processed on the AU campus at the Business Office located in Susan Howell Hall, during regular summer business hours – 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please bring your access pass with you every time you come to the lake; lifeguards will be checking IDs. For an application, or to find out about group rates for special events, contact Cherise Haase, lake manager, at or 607.871.2190.