Keuka Lake is the central lake of the Finger Lakes which are located in Western New York.

Founded in 1956, the Keuka Lake Association, with over 1600 members, provides a unified voice for those who love Keuka Lake.

Our mission is to preserve and protect Keuka Lake and its natural beauty for future generations.

Keuka is a most special Finger Lake because of the unusual 'Y' shape the lake possesses. Keuka Lake's Bluff Point forms the peninsula in the lake giving it this unique shape.

Please join the Keuka Lake Association and help us protect the beauty of Keuka Lake.

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Lake Protection
Educational Resources
To Preserve and Protect Keuka Lake



Keuka Water Quality Summit Aug 20th

Keuka Water Quality Summit: Ecology, Threats & Plans for Protection
Public is encouraged to attend

August 20th 6:30-9 PM
Keuka College Library
Sponsored by the Keuka Lake Association

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HAB Info and Reporting

Tim Sellers, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Innovation
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Director, Center for Aquatic Research
KLA Science/ Water Quality Advisor
Keuka College

Dear KLA Members,
The beginning of August coincided with the first reports of possible cyanobacteria (or “blue green algae”) in Keuka Lake. With these outbreaks (or “blooms”), there can be many different types of these algae, and many can be harmful; collectively we refer to these as HABs (or harmful algal blooms).
Testing is currently underway to determine the identification and possible toxicity of samples from the lake. We expect to bring you more information in the future.
There is a great deal of information about HABs, but a common problem in today’s internet-mediated world is not getting enough information (there’s too much!), but sifting through and getting the right information. To this end, the KLA would like to recommend three “starter” websites that you can go to and get clear, relevant, and up-to-date information about HABs. The first 2 sites are from the NY Department of the Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the third is from the NYS Department of Health (DOH).

Please use these sites as your first stop:
1. Good overview and up-to-date info on HABs and actions: 

2. A one-page brochure with quick info and pics: 

3. A one-page brochure from DOH with quick info and pics:

Note: The first website listed has a link to report the possible HAB to the DEC under "Report It!”. You can fill out a form and email it and post a picture to the DEC. The DEC then notifies our KLA CSLAP representative, Maria Hudson, to take a sample which provides results in a few days.


Volunteer Lake Protectors Needed

Be a Keuka Lake Super Hero! Volunteer to help protect the Lake!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the KLA Office at 315-694-7324 or email us at

Training will be provided for all programs.

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Navigation & Recreation

Boater Safety Courses - Yates Co. Sheriffs - 7-21-18

Re: The Yates County Sheriff's Marine Patrol will be offering a boater's safety course for Kids ages 10 through 18 and all persons 14 and older who wish to operate a Personal Water Craft on July 21, 2018.

*** Please note: All operators of Personal Water Craft must have a boater safety card, regardless of age.

Please place on your community calendar the following boater safety course, presented by the Yates County Sheriff's Marine Patrol Unit.

This course is between seven and eight hours long and class size is limited to the first 20 students.
July 21, 2018, 8:00am to approximately 4:00pm

Location---- Yates County Public Safety Building, 227 Main Street, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527             

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Invasive Species

Boat Stewards Volunteers NEEDED!!!

Hello Keuka Lake Association Members!

As many of you already know from attending KLA annual meetings and reading KLA newsletter, the KLA watercraft steward program is our first line of defense in protecting Keuka Lake from introductions of new aquatic invasive species. In 2016, the KLA was awarded a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for $100,000 to help fund the watercraft steward program for three years.

The grant requires a 25% match of $30,000 that the KLA must meet through direct expenses or in-kind matches of expenses or volunteer time. We rely largely on volunteers to assist with the watercraft steward program--volunteer hours are valued at $12/hour and are applied towards meeting the $30,000 match.

We have a group of dedicated volunteers and we are incredibly grateful to them for donating their valuable time! If we don’t meet our match then we default on the grant and place our watercraft steward program in jeopardy.

Please let us know if you’d like to volunteer. Shifts are two hours long and you can open the attached July 2017 calendar to view the available dates and times. Volunteers always work alongside a paid steward (Ryan, Chris, Kati, and/or Bryan), so they have assistance and support when at a boat launch. Keep an eye out for the August schedule in the coming weeks.

Volunteering is a great way to become involved in the efforts to keep our lake clean and to also raise awareness concerning the spread and impact invasive species have in the ecosystem. Please contact program coordinator Bryan Hill if you would like to volunteer:

Thank you so much in advance for your purposeful consideration of this important matter.

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