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National Safe Boating Week

last update: May 12, 2022

PRESS RELEASE                Date: May 13. 2022
The Steuben and Yates County Sheriff’s Office joins the New York State Sheriff’s Association, The U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Keuka Lake Association, and boating safety advocates throughout the country to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent wearing of a life jacket whenever a boater is on the water. We also want to raise awareness that Keuka Lake unlike most others have a special speed limit of 5 mph within 200 feet from shore, etc. 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation reports that during 2021 there were 192 boating accidents
resulting in 118 injuries and 18 fatalities on New York State waterways.  U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities.  Sheriff’s James Allard and Ron Spike want to assure that it is a time of happy memories on the water with family and friends and encourage boaters, PWC’s and paddlers to be
responsible and avoid reckless operation or speeding too close to shore. Also. be aware of marker buoys that are in place for safety, and be sure to remove plant matter (invasive species) before launch. Share your passion for safe boating by showing the community that wearing a life jacket is expected and the norm, Marine Patrol Units will be on Keuka Lake this summer, so please have a
wonderful recreational timer on the water with your family and friends, and
just WEAR IT.

Boat Stewards Needed for 2022

last update: May 10, 2022

Under the supervision of Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges staff,
Watercraft Stewards will offer inspections of watercraft for AIS and will educate boaters on AIS and prevention protocols. Inspections include AIS removal and identification, and data collection. Training will be provided. Program Coordinators will be responsible for supervising the Finger Lakes Institute's Watercraft Stewards and assist the program manager in various aspects of running the program. This is a great program for anyone looking to spend time outdoors this summer, and for those looking to build on a career in environmental studies or science, conservation, interpretation, ecology, or biology. Build valuable skills in communication, education, plant identification, and more by joining our watercraft steward team! Positions: 20+ at $15.00 - $15.50

Locations: Public boat launches on Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco and Otisco Lakes and surrounding areas, Whitney Point Reservoir, Sodus Bay and parts of the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY.
To apply, and for more information, follow this link:

New Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes for 2022

last update: March 18, 2022

The bulk of these changes are associated with DEC's continuing efforts to expand fishing opportunities and make fishing as easy and enjoyable as possible, while still providing protections that ensure our fisheries remain sustainable. Two rulemakings were adopted to achieve these objectives, which reflects public input received on the draft proposal. Both rulemakings are described in more detail below.

2022 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide Now Available

last update: March 25, 2022

A PDF version of the new 2022 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide is now available to download from the DEC website. Hard copies of the guide are currently being produced and guides are anticipated to be available at License Issuing Agents by the second week of April. Hard copies can also be requested by emailing Season starts April 1.

Lawn Fertilizer Info

last update: April 8, 2022

Look for the Zero: Use Only Phosphorus-Free Lawn Fertilizer
DEC encourages homeowners to go phosphorus-free when using lawn fertilizer. Consumers should review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer. Fertilizer labels have three numbers. The number in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus in the product. Regardless of the lawn's location, excess phosphorus can wash off and pollute lakes and streams, harming fish and ruining boating and swimming. For more information, visit DEC's Lawn Fertilizer webpage.

Free Fishing Days 2022

last update: January 21, 2022

On these days anyone can fish in New York without a fishing license, so it's the perfect opportunity for you to introduce fishing to a friend or family member.
This year's free fishing days:
February 19-20
June 25-26
September 24
November 11

HAB Info and Reporting

last update: February 1, 2022

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.

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Founded in 1956, the Keuka Lake Association, with over 1700 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 Lake Association is a 501(c) (3) organization (a non-profit tax exempt organization under IRS rules). This distinction is defined by our service to the public and how we are mission-driven as opposed to profit-driven.

Gifts, donations and membership dues paid to our organization are used in direct service to the overall mission to preserve and protect Keuka Lake. Membership dues, donations and gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Consult your professional tax preparer if you have specific tax related questions.