Boater's Safety Course - Yates Co. - June 19

last update: May 12, 2021

The Yates County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will be offering a boater’s safety course. Participants must be a minimum of 10 years old. This course complies with adult certification and persons 14 and older who wish to operate a Personal Water Craft.

*** 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.

Date & time ---- Saturday, June 19, 2021, 8:00am to approximately 4:00pm

Location---- Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527

There is a fee of $5.00 per person. Payment must be made with cash, money order, or bank certified check.
No personal checks or debit /credit cards.

** Tickets to attend must be purchased in advance at the Yates County Public Safety Building, 227 Main Street, Penn Yan, New York, Monday, through Friday 8:30 am through 4:15 pm.
Last day to purchase tickets is June 18, 2021.
Payment can also be made in advance by mailing your fee to the Yates County Public Safety Building at the above address, (Attention boater safety) and must be received by June 16, 2021 to be registered. Please make Money Orders or Bank Certified Checks payable to (YCSO-Boater Safety) Please include a note with the attendees’ name, age and contact phone number in the envelope.

Note: We do not break for lunch so bring a drink, bag lunch and/ or snacks. This course is also available on-line by following this link:
Any questions about signing up for the class please call 315-536-5178

See us also at:

Thank you for your cooperation,
Lt. Edwin C. Nemitz Jr. 

2021 KLA & LCC Golf Tournament 7/12/21

2021 KLA & LCC Golf Tournament 7/12/21

last update: April 12, 2021

Come join the fun!!
2nd Annual KLA-LCC Golf Tournament to be held July 12, at Lakeside Country Club. It will benefit both KLA and LCC. See entry form for details.

Be on the Lookout for Amphibians Crossing the Road

last update: April 1, 2021

With the arrival of spring temperatures, amphibians have begun their annual migrations to woodland pools to breed. Often, they must cross roads to reach these pools. In New York, this migration usually occurs on rainy nights in late March and early April, when the night air temperature is above 40F. When these conditions exist there can be explosive, "big night" migrations, with hundreds of amphibians on the move. Volunteers can help document these locations and help amphibians like wood frogs, spotted salamanders, American toads, or spring peepers safely cross the road. Drivers on New York roads are encouraged to proceed with caution or avoid travel on the first warm, rainy evenings of the season. Amphibians come out after nightfall and are slow-moving; mortality can be high even on low-traffic roads. 

Orange buoys on Keuka

Orange buoys on Keuka

last update: May 2, 2021

When boating and angling on Keuka Lake this year, please be on the lookout for fluorescent orange buoys with flags throughout the lake. Solarpowered 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 that 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 180,000 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.

Seneca-Keuka Watershed Partnership Newsletter- NEW

last update: March 25, 2021

NEW Fishing Info - sportfish, trout sampling

last update: March 12, 2021

Fishing Regulation Reminder
To protect our
cool water sportfish species during their spawning season, the open season for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge and walleye closes on March 15. Rest assured, they'll be back when their season reopens on May 1. (1st Saturday in May per statewide angling regulations)

No Rainbow Trout Sampling Events This Year for Finger Lakes Tributaries
The 2021 rainbow trout sampling events for Naples Creek in Ontario County and Cold Brook in Steuben County will not be held as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These events having gained in popularity over the years and often draw large crowds. Ensuring the safety of staff and attendees is first and foremost. We're hopeful these public events will resume in 2022.

Wanted: Volunteers for Macrophyte Survey Program

Wanted: Volunteers for Macrophyte Survey Program

last update: April 18, 2021

For more info, visit

NYS Rules for Buoys & Other Objects in lake

last update: October 8, 2020

With the advent of the 5.200 program to publicize the 5 mph speed zone within 200 feet of docks, shore and anchored objects, we have had a number of questions about placing buoys in the lake to mark the 5mph boundary in the water. For any buoy or floating object beyond 100’ from shore, a floating object permit issued by NYS Parks and Recreation is required on all waters in NYS except the tide waters of Nassau and Suffolk County. A floating object could be anything from a mooring buoy to an environmental quality monitoring buoy and speed control buoys must conform to the NYS Navigational Aid markings

More information can be found at , this web page includes links to the floating object rules and regulations and the permit application form

Note that the permit application includes a requirement for a “Letter of No Objection” from the local Marine Enforcement authority which on Keuka Lake are the Steuben and Yates County Sheriff’s Marine patrols. Marker buoys are by design a warning or a visual aid that people see and respond to. If too many people put a buoy in the water, it may lead to the situation that none will be actually recognized for the places where they are really needed to prevent hazards to navigation. If you are considering applying for a permit, a good first step would be to consult with the marine patrol to see if they will approve your request.

You should also be aware that placement of floating objects and docks within 100 feet of shore is subject to the Uniform Dock and Mooring Law in each of the towns surrounding the lake. A summary of the law is available on the KLA web page  

Buy Firewood where you burn it!!!

last update: June 30, 2020

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

Buy firewood where you burn it!
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

last update: May 29, 2020

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. 

HAB Info and Reporting

last update: March 11, 2021

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.

Are there HAB's near my lake address?

last update: August 15, 2019

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

Keuka Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Map

last update: August 15, 2019

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

Protect you Pets from toxic algae

last update: August 15, 2019

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

DEC recommends "0" Lawn Fertilizer

last update: April 16, 2019

Look for the zero! Before buying lawn fertilizer, check the bag for a set of three numbers showing the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Buy a bag with a "0" in the middle to protect...


Sky Lanterns' Danger

last update: August 15, 2019

With the July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends the tradition of lighting flares around the Finger Lakes also brings more use of SKY LANTERNS. 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.

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