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



Restoring Keuka Lake Fish Consumotion

Waterbody Improved Keuka Lake was placed on New York’s Clean Water Act (CWA)
section 303(d) list for fish consumption use impairment in 1998 due
to dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) contamination. In response to the listing, state and local
agencies implemented numerous best management practices (BMPs) in the Keuka Lake watershed
over the 2003"2014 period. Recent assessment of fish tissue and other factors led the New York
State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to relax the DDT advisory for lake trout in Keuka Lake. Thus,
the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) determined that the lake
now fully supports its fish consumption use and removed it from CWA section 303(d) list in 2014.


Ice Safety Tips

Ice safety tips - There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.
The ice has returned to Keuka Lake this winter and there have been a large number of fishermen, ice skaters and ice boaters on the east branch as far as 5 miles south of Penn Yan, so there are plenty of opportunities for winter fun but please make sure you are being safe.

You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions. Generally a minimum of 4” of clear ice is considered the minimum for safety, especially if there are more than just one or two people in the immediate area. Remember that the fact the ice was safe yesterday is no guarantee that it is still safe today, in fact new ice is generally stronger than older ice.

Do not go out on the ice by yourself and it is a good idea to wear an inflatable life jacket and have ice spikes with you so you can get out in the unlikely event that you fall through. You can find more information at


New Free Fishing Days Announced

Anglers can look forward to four new annual Free Fishing Days in New York State. The new dates are:
November 11, 2017 - Veterans Day
February 17-18, 2018 - weekend preceding Presidents Day
June 23-24, 2018 - last full weekend in June
The requirement for a fishing license is waived on these days, so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

Invasive Species

Boat Stewards Volunteers NEEDED!!!

Hello Keuka Lake Association Members!

As many of you already know from attending KLA annual meetings and reading KLA newsletter, the KLA watercraft steward program is our first line of defense in protecting Keuka Lake from introductions of new aquatic invasive species. In 2016, the KLA was awarded a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for $100,000 to help fund the watercraft steward program for three years.

The grant requires a 25% match of $30,000 that the KLA must meet through direct expenses or in-kind matches of expenses or volunteer time. We rely largely on volunteers to assist with the watercraft steward program--volunteer hours are valued at $12/hour and are applied towards meeting the $30,000 match.

We have a group of dedicated volunteers and we are incredibly grateful to them for donating their valuable time! If we don’t meet our match then we default on the grant and place our watercraft steward program in jeopardy.

Please let us know if you’d like to volunteer. Shifts are two hours long and you can open the attached July 2017 calendar to view the available dates and times. Volunteers always work alongside a paid steward (Ryan, Chris, Kati, and/or Bryan), so they have assistance and support when at a boat launch. Keep an eye out for the August schedule in the coming weeks.

Volunteering is a great way to become involved in the efforts to keep our lake clean and to also raise awareness concerning the spread and impact invasive species have in the ecosystem. Please contact program coordinator Bryan Hill if you would like to volunteer:

Thank you so much in advance for your purposeful consideration of this important matter.

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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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