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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Buy Firewood where you burn it!!!

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

Buy firewood where you burn it!
NYSDEC " 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.



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SKY LANTERN SAFETY


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Announcement

Firewood & Invasive Pests

Firewood and Invasive Pests
Protect Our Trees! - Use Local Firewood
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. In 2009, a regulation (leaves DEC website) was enacted to prevent this accidental and often long-distance spread by limiting the transport of firewood.

The New York State Firewood Regulation
Van with firewood strapped to the back driving on road
Vehicle transporting firewood that could contain
tree-killing invasive pests
The regulation pertains to all species of wood, cut or not cut, split or not split, that is destined for use as fuel. Logs would only be subject to the regulation if their intended use is as firewood.

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.
When transporting firewood, the following documentation is required:
If transporting untreated firewood cut for personal use (i.e. not for sale) you must fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF).
If purchasing and transporting untreated firewood, it must have a receipt or label that identifies the firewood source. NOTE! Source is sometimes, but not always, the same as where it was purchased. Consumers need to use the source to determine how far the firewood may be transported.
If purchasing and transporting heat-treated firewood, it must have a receipt or label that says, "New York Approved Heat-Treated Firewood/Pest Free". This is the producers' declaration that the firewood meets New York's heat-treatment requirements. Most "kiln-drying" processes meet the standard, but not all, so it is important to look for the appropriate label. Heat-treated firewood may be moved unrestricted.
How to Find Out if Your Destination is within Regulation Distance when Transporting Untreated Firewood
Visit our interactive map (leaves DEC website) to see if your destination is within regulation distance. This map should be used on a desktop computer or tablet. A mobile-friendly version is coming soon.

If your destination is within an acceptable distance, you must fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF).


Announcement

The Keuka Lake Association is not on "PAUSE"

The Keuka Lake Association (KLA) is reporting that during the "New York State on Pause" Executive Order they have continued to meet within the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines and plan for the 2020 summer season. Utilizing video and telephone conferences, with the help of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the KLA has been able to continue their program planning for the upcoming year and beyond.

The KLA has a strong membership base, community support and business partners, which has allowed the Association to maintain an extremely stable financial platform. The finances of the KLA support the following programs:

  • Water quality - including overall lake water quality and inflow stream monitoring
  • HABs (Harmful Alga Blooms) shoreline monitoring
  • Navigation and Recreation safe boating programs

The KLA Annual meeting will be a ZOOM meeting on July 11. Info will be sent to members.idelines  A similar format MAY be  planned for the Water Quality Summit to be held in August 2020.


Announcement

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

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. https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.htm

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. 


Announcement

Buoys On Keuka Lake Explained!

ATTENTION: KEUKA LAKE ANGLERS AND BOATERS

When boating and angling on Keuka Lake this year, please be on the lookout for white buoys with fluorescent green flags throughout the lake. Solar-powered 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 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 195,000 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.


Announcement

KLA-LCC Golf Tournament NEW DATE August 31, 2020

KLA-LCC Golf Tournament Monday August 31, 2020

Keuka Lake Association in concert with Lakeside Country Club, has decided to delay our 2nd annual golf tournament until Monday August 31, 2020. Our sincere hope is that most of the Covid 19 precautions will have been relaxed and would allow for a traditional fun day at beautiful LCC. Also, as these our extraordinary times, this date adjustment will allow our many committed sponsors to steady the economics of their businesses and participate for a great cause. Thank you for your understanding and support and we look forward to your participation on August 31st.


Please join us for our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament!! The tournament is sponsored by the KLA and Lakeside County Club (LCC) sharing the benefits. Attached is an application for your foursome. Please send it with your check to KLA, PO Box 35, Penn Yan, NY 14527. If you have any questions, please call 315-694-7324.

Tournament Details (PDF; 201KB)