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



Sky Lanterns' Danger


Date: September 2, 2016

With this Labor Day holiday weekend the tradition of lighting flares around the Finger Lakes also brings more use of SKY LATERNS. The Yates County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will be on our county waterways.

“These are a recognized fire hazard by NYS Fire Prevention and Control and state code calls for when they are used to be tethered,” said Sheriff Ron Spike, “We have previously had fires caused by the landing of lanterns doing damage when still lit.”

This is a safety issue in the interest of keeping everyone safe and not recklessly causing unwanted fires.

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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