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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Boater Safety Classes - Steuben Sheriff's Office

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Ext. in Bath, New York, on the following dates:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Please bring proof of age for all students attending. The minimum age to attend is ten years old.

The class is limited to 30 students, so call 607-622-3911 to confirm your attendance.

Currently, any individual born on or after May 01, 1996 wishing to operate any recreational vessel must have successfully completed an approved Boater Safety Course.
After January 1, 2020 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1993
After January 1, 2021 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1988
After January 1, 2022 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1983
After January 1, 2023 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1978
After January 1, 2024 this shall apply to all operators.

Any individual wishing to operate a Personal Watercraft, at any age, 14 years or older, must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Course.

The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators. Upon successful completion of the eight (8) hour course the attendee will receive a NYS Boater Safety Certificate.


Keuka Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Map

Within the map (HAB Interactive Map), click on yellow points for more information.


Protect you Pets from toxic algae

Reports of dogs getting sick or dying after swimming in ponds, lakes, and streams are more common during the summer months. Please share with your friends and family to prevent more tragedies for happening.

Dogs can be exposed to toxins by skin contact with water contaminated with cyanobacteria or toxin(s), when swallowing water while playing in the water, or by licking it off fur or hair. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to a toxic algal bloom, please seek immediate veterinary care.

Below are useful resources on what are harmful algal blooms, how dogs can be affected, and how to protect your pet from toxins.

EPA’s Video Protect Your Pooch from Harmful Algal Blooms
CDC’s Reference Brochure for Veterinarians
New York Sea Grant Guide on Harmful Algal Blooms and Dogs

Please visit the EPA page on How to Keep your Dog Safe from Toxic Algae for more information.

To learn more about cyanobacteria and their toxins please visit the EPA website Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) in Water Bodies


Shoreline Monitoring Program "Bloom Watch" Updates

The KLA shoreline monitoring program officially launched a little over a week ago! A huge thank you to the program volunteers for taking the time to monitor their shoreline zones. Below is an overview of the suspicious HABs that were sighted and sampled during the first week:

Three samples of suspicious HABs were collected and delivered to FLI for chlorophyll analysis. Two were confirmed as having levels of the chlorophyll associated with HABs above the threshold of 25µg/L and we are awaiting results from the third sample. The two samples confirmed as a bloom were both from public beaches on the lake: Red Jacket and Indian Pines Park. Following sighting of the suspicious bloom, the Department of Health (DOH) closed the beaches and followed their protocol for reopening the site (note: Red Jacket is currently closed following the sighting on 8/13). These reports have been isolated occurrences, but conditions can change quickly so if you see something suspicious, avoid it and report it. If you are not a volunteer but need to report a suspicious HAB, please use the NYS DEC report form: HABs Report Form (if this link doesn't work, right click on it and select Open).

Remember that dogs are also susceptible to HABs and should not swim in or drink water in suspicious bloom areas. Find more information about pets and HABS here: Pets and HABs
Here is a link to the interactive map of reported suspicious HABs on Keuka, Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes: Interactive HABs Map . This will also be up on the KLA website very soon. DEC has a statewide map available at: NYHABS Map


Are there HAB's near my lake address?

1. Go to: ARCGIS Map
 The side bar explains the map and how to use it and also gives links for more information.

2. To find out if any HABs have been reported: type in your address of interest in the search bar in the top right hand corner or zoom in the map or tap on a dot.

3. TO REPORT any HABs you may suspect : scroll down the side bar to "Report a HAB" and click on the link to fill out the form.

4. IMPORTANT ! PLEASE AVOID a suspected bloom !! Samples should only be taken by trained volunteer Shoreline Monitors or CSLAP volunteers. 

-Email Laura Bailey ( or Maria Hudson ( with your address to find out if someone is available to take a sample,
-Include pictures and a contact phone number and we will try to respond with a trained volunteer in your area,
-Please understand that the DEC can identify and post a suspected HAB based on photos, there is a high correlation between suspected and confirmed blooms