Crescent Bay Marina Crescent Bay Camps, 1960s, captioned "Harry's." Courtesy of Wesley Niarhos. Alice Trigg Swain and Harry Duso, 1960s, captioned "Penny and Harry." Courtesy of Wesley Niarhos. Address: New York Route 3, Lower Saranac Lake

Other names: Duso's, Crescent Bay Marina

Year built: 1924

Crescent Bay Marina was started in 1924 by Harry Duso on Crescent Bay in Lower Saranac Lake.

Lake Placid News, July 30, 1937An August 28, 1984 advertisement in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise gave the history of the organization as follows:

Crescent Bay Camps (as it was originally named) was established in September 1924, by Harry E. Duso.

As a young ambitious man, he saw an opportunity to have business in a cove on Lower Saranac Lake.

The cove had a small stream, where Harry used to keep his boat in the late fall. It also had a point of rock that kept the west wind from blowing in. With these conditions he thought it would be a good place for a boathouse.

Starting by cutting a road to the lake, the main building was started in the fall of 1924 and finished on the ice during the winter.

Through the years Crescent Bay was expanded with more boat stalls and cabins and other buildings and ventures.

Surviving through WWII was done by some Gov't contracts performed in another building built in 1939 as a service station.

As the boating business grew, so did Crescent Bay. Now with 125 fully protected stalls and another 75-80 off premises, Crescent Bay is one of the largest marinas in the north country.

With Harry's two sons Ed and Don (Harry died in 1979) operating the business (Ed with an auto agency and Don with the marina) it is an active, year-around business.

As of July 20, 2012, the marina is being advertised for sale at $2,600,000. An ad in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reads: Incredible opportunity to own the largest Marina on the chain of lakes on beautiful Lower Lake in Saranac Lake. Price includes turn key operations at Crescent Bay featuring approx. 9 acres, Marina, slips, machine and retail shops, docks for refueling, office, 6 season rental cabins with great rental history, 2 year round houses with lake and mountain views, at the annex on Ampersand Bay, 5 acres, 4 grandfathered boat houses housing approx. 60 slips, cribbed boat storage building, docks, boat launch.

Two articles in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise detail issues in a plan to develop the marina. See "Marina plan could mean annexation" on January 28, 2014, and "Crescent Bay Marina lawyer says annexation is impossible" on March 1-2, 2014.

Crescent Bay Marina advertisement, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 28, 1984


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