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Keuka Lake motorized vessel ban lifted

The Lake height is 714 ft 6″ currently, and the level was 714 ft 2″ prior to the storms. Today all six municipal control gates remain wide open at the Keuka Outlet in Penn Yan discharging water out of the lake.The lake peaked at a height of nearly 715 ft 8″ due to two heavy rain storms and flooding on May 16 prompting as a part of the special state of emergency limitations on boat traffic wakes due to floating trees and hidden other debris and damage to shoreline erosion with docks under water causing life safety and property concerns. The NYS marker and navigation buoys that were disturbed by the storms and flooding have been replaced. Sheriff’s Marine Patrol’s and others have removed many trees some as long as forty feet, wood, stumps, brush, and wooden dock boards from the lake. One tree obstruction remains in the North end of the West branch near the NYS state park. There are some locations where creeks have deposited stones and gravel into the lake causing mini islands off shore that boaters need to be aware of. Also has the water recedes other obstructions, i.e. trees may appear.Boaters are still cautioned to be observant of debris that could be a hazard to navigation for safety. A reminder that it’s the NYS Navigation Law on Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes to be no more than 5 mph within 200 feet of shore. This will be strictly enforced by Marine Patrol units. Any hidden obstructions likely to be inside that two hundred feet area. Steuben Co. Sheriff David Cole lifts the ban for Keuka Lake in Steuben County concurrently.ALL LAKES (Keuka, Canandaigua, Seneca) – Motorized vessel ban or restricted speeds lifted.

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