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 Level Update

Due to the extreme dry weather lately (especially most of the watershed South of the Penn Yan area), the lake level has been dropping slowly, but steadily. For the most part, the gate regulated water outflow has been kept at the NYSDEC required minimum, but between that and evaporation, still has exceeded any inflow to the lake resulting from precipitation. The current level is 3 " 4 inches below the minimum objective, or 7 " 8 inches below the mid objective, for this time of year. Hopefully, we will soon receive some much needed rain to help get the level back up toward the mid objective. Otherwise, it will be not be possible to maintain desired lake levels until the fall draw down begins the end of November.

Please keep an eye on the level over the next couple months to ensure that your boat does not get stuck in its lift, or hit something in shallow areas like the entrance to the outlet.


KLA Board Position Opening

WANTED! A KLA member that is interested in serving on the KLA Board of
Directors. We have an opening for a person, preferably representing the
Town of Milo. Requirements: concern for the quality of the water and
watershed of Keuka Lake, attend monthly Board meetings (currently on
ZOOM), 5 pm, the first Wednesday of the month and serve on a couple of
committees that support the mission of the KLA. Please send a letter of
interest to the KLA, PO Box 35, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or e-mail to, subject "Board Opening".


Buy Firewood where you burn it!!!

Protect the lake by protecting the trees!
Visiting Keuka Lake this summer and going to have some S’mores? Enjoy! But please, don’t bring firewood (and hidden invasive species) with you.

Buy firewood where you burn it!
NYSDEC " Moving untreated firewood is one of the main ways invasive pests and diseases spread to new areas. Many people take wood from their properties as they head out to camp, hunt, etc., but most don't realize their wood may be hiding the eggs, larvae, spores, adults, or even seeds of invasive threats. Transporting infested firewood allows invasives to spread further and faster than they would have on their own.
• Untreated firewood may not be imported into NY from any other state or country.
• Untreated firewood grown in NY may not be transported more than 50 miles (linear distance) from its source or origin unless it has been heat-treated to 71° C (160° F) for 75 minutes.


Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

DEC’s harmful algal bloom (HABs) notification season has begun. HABs notifications will be updated through the fall using an online reporting and notification system dubbed NYHABS. The system includes an interactive map that shows reports of freshwater HABs, as well as a new public reporting system. Instructions on how to use NYHABS are on DEC's HABs notification page.

Know it: If you see a HAB, please use the reporting form to submit a report to NYHABS.

Avoid it: Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scums and discolored water.

Report it: If you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please rinse with clean water and report any symptoms to your local health department. 


Buoys On Keuka Lake Explained!


When boating and angling on Keuka Lake this year, please be on the lookout for white buoys with fluorescent green flags throughout the lake. Solar-powered lights and reflective tape are attached to the buoys so they will also be visible at night. Up to 20 buoys will be located around the lake for two years as part of a research project.

The research project was initiated in 2018 as part of a cooperative effort by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), United States Geological Service (USGS), and Cornell University to study post-stocking survival and habitat use of cisco. Over the last two years, approximately 195,000 ciscoes were stocked as part of an experimental program to reestablish this native forage fish in Keuka Lake. Cisco were once abundant in the lake but have not been found since the mid-1990s. Since that time, lake conditions have become more favorable for cisco. A portion of stocked ciscoes have been implanted with small acoustic tags to track movements and survival of these fish. The buoys are attached to receivers placed on the lake bottom in waters generally more than 90 feet to pick up signals from the acoustic tags as cisco swim by. These receivers are anchored to the bottom of the lake. Interfering with the acoustic equipment will jeopardize research results.

Anglers, please be aware that if you are fishing within 150 feet of these buoys, it is possible that fishing gear may get entangled in equipment used to anchor the buoys to the bottom.

In addition, if anglers catch a cisco or notice one in a stomach while cleaning your catch, please save it and contact DEC at 585-226-5343, or USGS at 315-730-0096. Arrangements will be made to collect it. Information provided by this research will be utilized for future management decisions in Keuka Lake and other lakes throughout New York and the U.S. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at the numbers listed above. Thank you for your cooperation.