The New York State Outdoor Guides Association (NYSOGA) was originally founded on June 28, 1891 and reorganized in 1981. NYSOGA represents guides from every part of New York State, with its organizational structure following that of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's "regional" lines.

Officers are selected from the membership and elected annually. Regional Directors come from each of the nine DEC regions. These Directors are selected by the guides themselves and report on activities, recruit new members, promote quality guiding, have a presence at sport shows, assist with training, and participate in legislative activity. Click here to see a list of all the Executive Officers, Regional Directors and Directors at Large.

Committee chairpersons are also selected from the membership and serve on Virtual Office, Guidelines, Membership, Marketing (including GTG, Shows, Products, Web Site, Real Property, Group Insurance, Clearinghouse), Standards and Education (including Kids to Camp, DEC/PR&HP, Resource Text), Legislation, Bylaws (including Policies, Ethics), Waterfowl, Whitewater, Rendezvous (including Awards, Nominations), and Goodwill Ambassador.

A unique aspect of NYSOGA is its self-discipline policy. Each member, by virtue of his/her membership, agrees to adhere to the Code of Ethics as noted. Violation of this Code results in disciplinary action within the organization, thus ensuring a highly credible and professional roster of guides for the public's hire.

The Board of Directors meets regularly to conduct business, and the association conducts two Rendezvous as well as other membership gatherings.

All members must possess a New York State guide license to be eligible for membership in NYSOGA. Potential members should write to NYSOGA, 211 Main Street #150, Lake Placid, NY 12946 for a membership application or further information about the organization.

NYSOGA Guides
NYSOGA New York State Outdoor Guide Association
1936 Saranac Avenue, Suite 2 - 150, Lake Placid, NY 12946
1-866-4NYSOGA (1-866-469-7642)  · 
E-Mail: info@nysoga.org  ·  Web Site: www.nysoga.org
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