Navigation & Recreation

Navigation & Recreation

The Navigation & Recreation Committee has the mission to promote safe recreational activities on Keuka Lake and in the Keuka Lake Watershed.

Safe navigation and recreation is addressed in the following areas:
1. Increase awareness of NYS navigation laws.
    a. Post speed limits at lake access points.
    b. Distribute summaries of navigation laws to the KLA newsletter & web site, local vacation guides, rental agencies, town clerks, marinas, etc.
    c. Reports to the membership.
2. Assist Yates and Steuben County Sheriff's Marine Patrol with enforcement of NYS navigation laws and the DEC Enviromental Conservation Officers with communication of fishing and wildlife regulations.
    a. Publicize issues of mutual interest.
    b. Resolution of areas of concern from the KLA membership.
    c. Assistance with equipment acquisition.
    d. Distribution of dock plates and other methods of site identification.
3. Publicize recreational opportunities on Keuka Lake.
    a. Publish and distribute fishing regulation summaries.
    b. Identify & publicize special events.
    c. Highlight swimming and other water recreation safety.
    d. Submit Newsletter articles on things to do in the watershed.
4. When needed, seek modification to NYS Navigation Laws.
    a. Communicate concerns to appropriate agencies.
    b. Research experiences in other locations.
    c. Monitor pending legislation.
    d. Report issues to the membership.
5. Identify research, coordinate, publicize, and help resolve member concerns on issues of navigation, recreation, and safety.
    a. Scuba diver identification and treatment.
    b. Fishing tournament identification, publicity, and impacts.
    c. Water fowl feeding, hunting, and pollution.
    d. Water ski slalom courses and jump ramps.

Complete List of Navigation & Recreation Content

NYS Boaters' Guide 2018
NYS Boaters' Guide can be accessed by clicking on this link; 

NYS DEC's 2017 Angler's Diary Report
The DEC presentation at last June�s Keuka Lake State of the Lake meeting described the significant population collapse of the alewife, the primary forage fish sustaining the coldwater lake fishery. This was confirmed this past summer when sampling yielded only 14 alewives in Keuka Lake. Stressors include a decline in lake productivity resulting from both nutrient reduction programs begun in the 1970�s within the watershed along with the introduction of zebra mussels in 1994 and later introduction of quagga mussels. The final straw was likely the recent two back to back cold, long winters.

Given the current status of the lake and its� fishery, the DEC is taking several management actions to address the concerns regarding forage and its subsequent impacts on the coldwater fishery. They will temporarily eliminate the stocking of brown trout and Atlantic salmon, and this will alleviate some predatory pressure on the forage base. They are also pursuing plans to reintroduce cisco into Keuka Lake, a native forage species better suited to the current nutrient poor lake conditions. Currently Bath Fish Hatchery is experimentally raising cisco and plans are to stock the approximately 10,000 fingerlings they raise into Keuka Lake this fall. We are also developing a forage assessment plan to build off the work that was completed in 2017. The DEC will continue to monitor the lake and its� fishery in order to develop management strategies that will provide the best fishing opportunities given the current lake conditions.

The DEC is also establishing a warmwater angler�s diary to collect additional data to complement the longstanding coldwater diary program on Keuka Lake. We encourage all KLA members who regularly fish the lake to participate in both diary programs.

Marine Safety Alert
The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and
availability of unapproved recreational and commercial
vessel navigation lights.

Help Keep Fishing Great - Keep an Angler's Diary!
Help us (NYS-DEC) keep fishing great in your favorite lake (KEUKA)! 

Become an Angler Diary Keeper today. 
Click on and read the attached PDF now!

Keuka Lake Anglers' Diary

Sky Lanterns
Beware of sky lanterns!

Safety Alert from New York DHSES

Boater Safety Courses - General Info
Boater Safety Courses - General Area Information

Chinese Flying Lantern Info

PFD Laws of New York

USCG Float Plan

Vessel Equipment Guide

To Preserve and Protect Keuka Lake