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KLA Board Member Needed!

last update: January 19, 2023

Keuka Lake Association is seeking interested members for our Board of Directors.  Our mission is to preserve and protect Keuka Lake and its natural beauty for future generations. We are seeking individuals who are interested in the health and well-being of our beautiful lake. All backgrounds are welcome, especially individuals with a finance, science, social media/marketing or engineering background. Directors are appointed for two-year terms. The Board generally meets monthly on the first Wednesday
evening of each month. 

If you are interested and would like to be considered for nomination as a Keuka Lake Association Director, please send your resume
with contact information and a letter of interest (or if you’d simply like more information) contact Steve Brigham at

Free Fishing Day - Saturday, September 24

last update: September 23, 2022

Free Fishing Day - Saturday, September 24
Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the Free Fishing Day
this Saturday (September 24). This designated day coincides with
National Hunting & Fishing Day, so what better opportunity to get
outdoors and enjoy the great fishing opportunities our state has to
offer. The requirement for a fishing license is waived during free
fishing days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. See what local fishing spots await by visiting our website.
Some areas of the state are holding fishing programs on Free Fishing Day. Visit the DEC Events Calendar to find an event near you.

Exotic Fish found in Keuka Lake

last update: September 26, 2022

Exotic Fish found in Keuka Lake
Former KLA Board member, Candy Dietrich,
reported finding a strange looking fish on her shoreline (see below).  She contacted NYSDEC and learned that it was
a European Rudd.  This species is a member of the Cyprinidae
family that includes carp and many true minnows. Historic records indicate that the Rudd was introduced to the United States in the early 20th
century.  This fish has been used for bait in Europe and may have been brought to the US for that purpose.  Rudd resemble the native Golden Shiner, a key bait fish.  These two species can breed and their offspring are considered invasive and could impact the health of the
Golden Shiner population. The United States Geological Service reports that the Rudd have been in the US since the first half of 1900s.  It is now recorded in 20 States, including New York; specific areas include Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake.  The Province of Ontario has banned the possession and sale of Rudd in Canada. Preferred habitats for Rudd are still or slow-moving waters with vegetation.
Life History -
Rudd can reach an age of 15 years, are mature at 2 to 3 years, and produce 3,500 to 23,000 eggs, depending on size.  Adult Rudd range in size from 4 to 10 inches, with a Lake Ontario record of 15 inches.   Their identification includes bright red fins, fully scaled belly, eyes red or with a red spot, small upturned mouth, and they are relatively large compared to most minnows. Adult Rudd eat aquatic plants, insects and small fish, while the young feed on algae, snails, insects, worms and other small invertebrates.
If you catch such a fish, it should NOT be released, but taken to shore for disposal.
Picture from Candy Dietrich, Sept 14, 2022; Note prepared by Dieter Busch, KLA Board Member

Project: Drifters to measure deep currents

last update: September 22, 2022

Project: Drifters to measure deep currents in Keuka Lake (Friday 9/30/22 - Friday 10/14/22)
Research team: NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Cornell University, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

For a two-week period of September 30 through October 14, you may notice a few blinking lights drifting around Keuka Lake. These drifting lights are part of a study by NYSDEC and Cornell to measure water currents in each branch of the lake. In 2018, NYSDEC began stocking Cisco, a native fish species, into Keuka Lake to restore a previously extirpated forage fishery. Since then, we have been researching and monitoring their population to estimate how many Cisco remain and where they are located. In October 2020, we collected lake-wide environmental DNA water samples to assess the distribution of recently stocked Cisco, with much support from several members of KLA. For more info on eDNA see this blog post from National Park Service: Our water samples indicated that Cisco were present in several key areas, however, without baseline data on lake currents, we cannot evaluate location accuracy given the potential for eDNA movement in the water. As such, we plan to deploy six drifting devices in October for us to better understand how currents move throughout Keuka Lake.

What to look for
The drifting devices formally known as agrangian drifters are composed of two components: A low-resistance float at the surface, and a high-drag ‘drogue’ attached below at 39 feet or 59 feet depths that acts as an underwater sail. Floats are 2ft tall white PVC pipes with a solar-powered flashing beacon and reflective tape. Drogues are 4ft x 4ft with multiple panels of white or black plastic sheeting. The floats will only be approximately 1 foot above the waterline. Each drifter has a label with contact information for DEC (see pictures below).
We are asking for KLA assistance to spread the word to please avoid touching or moving the drifters while they are out on the lake. We also ask that you please contact us if a drifter washes up along someone's dock or shoreline. The drogues are bulky and heavy, so we advise leaving equipment alone if you find one. Drifters will be deployed for two weeks. Thank you in advance for your continued help and support with this project!

Contact info
If you find a drifter along your property, please call NYSDEC at 585-226-5344, 585-226-5339 or 607-422-7136 or e-mail DEC Region 8 fisheries at
For general project questions, or if you have insights to how currents move in Keuka Lake, please email Alex Koeberle, PhD student at Cornell University:

KLA Merchandise Now Available

last update: July 15, 2022

It has been a while since we have made KLA merchandise available to our members. We are excited to announce that we are making a limited amount of custom KLA swag available for purchase on We expect to add additional items over time, so check back often. From simply search KLA_Apparel or follow this Link.

HAB Update

last update: July 21, 2022

Our 48 shoreline monitoring volunteers have not
found a single bloom on the lake yet this year! If you notice anything that you
think might be a HAB or you would like to join our group of volunteers, please
email Lexie Davis at

Use Local Firewood this Camping Season

last update: June 9, 2022

Many people like to take firewood from their homes before traveling
to a campsite. Invasive pests like the emerald ash borer or Asian
longhorned beetle often hitch a ride to new areas in untreated firewood.
Transport of untreated firewood across the state has caused outbreaks
of these damaging pests.
Since 2009, New York State has regulated the movement of firewood to
keep the spread of invasives down. Untreated firewood must have been
grown in NY and cannot be moved more than 50 miles from where it was
grown or its source. Producers of firewood for sale are allowed to
declare their business as the source provided the wood was grown within
50 miles of their business and they must maintain documentation. Those
moving untreated firewood for their own use must fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF).
Treated firewood, which has been heated to a core temperature of 160° F
for 75 minutes and labeled as “New York Approved Heat-treated
Firewood/Pest Free,” can be moved without restrictions. DEC has an
interactive map that shows if firewood’s source and its destination are
within 50 miles. View the map.
Violation of firewood regulations can result in fines, penalties, and
the potential destruction of beloved trees and habitats. The safest way
to enjoy a campfire and protect New York forests is to buy and burn
local firewood at your destination. Read more about New York’s firewood regulations on DEC’s website.

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.