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



2018 KL Water Quality Summit Presentations 8/20

Water Quality Summit held 8/20/18 at Keuka College: 1. 2018 Keuka Lake Water Quality Summit -Agenda,  2. Finger Lakes Institute-Keuka Lake  3. Keuka Lake History, Current Status & What We Don't Know, 4. New Lake Monitoring Programs, 5. NYSDEC Vision and Approach 9E Planning


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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Invasive Species


Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) has been seen in Yates County. It is an invasive pest from Asia that primarily feeds on the tree of heaven but can also feed on a wide variety of plants such as grapevine, hops, ornamental and hardwood trees, and others.
What can you do to help?
- Learn more about SLF and how to identify it (see included DEC fact sheet)
- SLF spread primarily through human activity by hitching a ride, so inspect outdoor items for egg masses before traveling
- If you visit states with SLF (see factsheet), inspect vehicles & equipment and gear before leaving
If you believe that you have found SLF:
- Take pictures of the insect, egg masses, and/or signs of infestation
- Note the location
- Email information to the DEC (see factsheet)
- Report infestation to iMapInvasives (see factsheet)
- Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for more information or questions:
Laura Bailey, Natural Resources/Invasive Species/Watershed Educator, (315) 536 â�" 5123
For more information:

Navigation & Recreation

State of the Keuka Lake Fisheries

Brad Hammers from the region 8 DEC office in Avon presented his findings on the state of the Keuka Lake fisheries to a standing room crowd of over 100 members of the general public on June 12, 2017. The presentation available at (presentation available below), contains their findings and recommendations including changes to their stocking plans and efforts to increase monitoring of the lake including a forage study and expanding the Angler's Diary program to include warm water fish. The entire 45 minute presentation and over an hour of Q&A that followed was recorded and will be posted shortly.

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