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DEC Finalizes Plans to Relocate and Upgrade Lake George Beach Boat Launch

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThe final design plans to relocate and upgrade the Lake George Beach Boat Launch are completed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.

“DEC is committed to increasing recreational access to the state’s natural treasures for both New Yorkers and visitors to the state. The design and operation of the boat launch will provide additional access for boaters to Lake George while ensuring the safety and minimizing the impacts on users of Lake George Beach and nearby residents,” said Director Stegemann. “The input received from residents and local officials led to modifications resulting in a boat launch that boaters, bathers and residents will all appreciate.”

The boat launch is part of a two-year project to improve the roads, parking lots and access to DEC’s Lake George Beach Area – aka Million Dollar Beach. Improvements to the roads and parking lots through the use of porous asphalt and other stormwater management features will also protect the water quality of Lake George. The sidewalk along the beach will be upgraded increasing safety, convenience and attractiveness for pedestrians. A boat wash station is planned for the boat launch that will provide further protection for the lake.

“I am thrilled Governor Cuomo and DEC are upgrading the facilities at Million Dollar Beach to make it more user friendly and provide more protection for Lake George,” said Town of Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson. “The beach is a key asset to our community and its tourism driven economy. We couldn’t be happier with the planned improvements.”

“Million Dollar Beach has always been a primary destination of visitors to Lake George, the planned improvements will raise the attractiveness and accessibility of the beach,” said Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais. “As chairman of SAVE the Lake, I am also pleased that boaters will have increased access to the southern basin of the lake while protecting the lake from aquatic invasive species.”
Lake George Beach

DEC held a number of meetings with local officials and residents. In response to the concerns expressed at these meetings and in other communications, DEC undertook a second review of the boat launch project and made changes to the plan. The second review included sampling lake depth out from and along the whole stretch of Lake George Beach.

Due to water depths and problems identified with other possible locations DEC once again concluded that the boat launch will be moved to the site at the eastern end of Lake George Beach. However, in response to the comments received, a number of modifications were made to the proposed design and operation of the boat launch, including:

  • The ramp location will be shifted west so that it will be 358 feet from the eastern shoreline of residences on Rose Point Lane;
  • The boat launch ramp is now oriented to point away from the eastern shoreline rather than straight out into the lake;
  • A 150-feet-wide navigation area will be marked with buoys to keep boats approximately 300 feet from the eastern shoreline;
  • The swimming area at DEC’s Lake George beach will be shifted 100 feet west to provide sufficient separation from the boating navigation area; and
  • The boat launch will not operate 24 hours a day during the busy summer boating season.

DEC’s decision to relocate and upgrade the boat launch so that boats can be launched and retrieved throughout the boating season is based on earlier studies that found boaters and local officials wanted additional public access to Lake George and boater’s usage of the southeastern basin of the Lake was far below “comfortable carrying capacity.” The 25-boat capacity planned for the boat launch will not exceed the “comfortable carrying capacity” for that portion of the lake.

Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.

In his 2014 Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposed creating 50 new land access projects. These projects will connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have gone untapped until now. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas.

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DEC Proposes Regulatory Changes to Prevent the Introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species at Boat Launches

January 9th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Public Comments Accepted Through February 24

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.

DEC will accept public comments on the proposal through February 24, 2014. The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website at: Proposed Regulations.

Clean, Drain, and Dry“These proposed regulatory changes are the latest in a series of actions DEC has taken over the past few years to combat the spread of harmful invasive species, including the emerald ash borer,” Commissioner Martens said. “Cooperation and assistance from the public is essential in order for these efforts to succeed. Boats, trailers and the equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody and significantly harm recreational and commercial use of a waterbody while having a detrimental effect on native fish, wildlife and plants. This regulation is an important component of DEC’s efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters.”

Boaters are advised to carefully check their boats, trailers and equipment for any plant or animal material that may be clinging to it and remove it if found. Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations are provided at many DEC boat launches for this purpose. The boat should also be completely drained, including live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks, and dried before it is used in another waterbody.

Recommended drying times for each month of the year can be calculated at: Drying Time Estimator. Additional information on aquatic invasive species and preventing their spread can be found on DEC’s website.

Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753. Hard copies of the full text may also be requested from Mr. Woltmann at the above address.

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DEC Charges Saranac Lake Resident with a Boating While Intoxicated Misdemeanor and Speeding Violation

June 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoOn May 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement charged Raymond R. Muncil, 18, of Saranac Lake with boating while intoxicated (misdemeanor) and operating a vessel at a speed not reasonable and prudent (a violation under the New York State Navigation Law).

“Boaters operating a vessel while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol is a serious offense,” said Captain Lawrence DiDonato of DEC’s Ray Brook Office. “In addition to being subject to arrest, fines and imprisonment, the safety of all who enjoy New York’s waters is jeopardized when vessels are operated by intoxicated individuals.”

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers responded to a boat accident on the Saranac River Channel near the Lower Lock where Mr. Muncil was found to be intoxicated. He was taken to the New York State Police Barrack at Ray Brook for processing and was issued a ticket to appear in Harrietstown Town Court. Muncil faces maximum possible penalties of $2,100 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.

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Status of DEC Region 5 Boat Launches – June 16 2011

June 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoLAKE CHAMPLAIN: Due to the high waters, floating docks have not been installed at DEC boat launches on Lake Champlain. While the boat launches are not closed to use the launching and retrieving boats will be difficult, especially for boaters not familiar with the location of ramps, walkways, docks, posts, etc. that are now underwater.

Clinton County

  • Peru Dock (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating docks are not installed and the pump station is closed
  • Downtown Plattsburgh (Lake Champlain) – fully operational (new boat dock)
  • Chazy Lake – floating docks not installed
  • Taylor Pond – fully operational
  • Upper Chateaugay Lake – floating docks not installed

Essex County

  • Eagle Lake – fully operational
  • Crown Point (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed
  • Port Douglas (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed
  • Port Henry (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed
  • Ticonderoga (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed
  • Westport (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed
  • Willsboro Bay (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed
  • Mossy Point (Lake George) – fully operational
  • Lake Harris – fully operational
  • Lake Placid – fully operational
  • Lincoln Pond – fully operational
  • Paradox Lake – fully operational
  • Putnam Pond – fully operational

Franklin County

  • Buck Pond – fully operational
  • Fish Creek Pond – fully operational
  • Saranac Lake (Lake Flower) – fully operational
  • Meacham Lake – fully operational
  • Raquette River – fully operational
  • Rollins Pond – fully operational
  • Santa Clara – fully operational
  • Ampersand Bay (Lower Saranac Lake) – fully operational
  • Second Pond (Lower Saranac Lake) – fully operational, although end of walkways still underwater
  • South Creek (Middle Saranac Lake) – fully operational
  • Saranac Inn (Upper Saranac Lake) – fully operational
  • Tupper Lake – fully operational

Fulton County

  • Caroga Lake – fully operational
  • Broadalbin (Great Sacandaga Lake) – fully operational
  • Northampton (Great Sacandaga Lake) – fully operational
  • Northville (Great Sacandaga Lake) – fully operational
  • West Lake – fully operational

Hamilton County

  • Eighth Lake – fully operational
  • Forked Lake – fully operational
  • Inlet (Fourth Lake) – fully operational
  • Indian Lake – fully operational
  • Lake Durant – fully operational
  • Lake Eaton – fully operational
  • Lewey Lake – fully operational
  • Limekiln Lake – fully operational
  • Long Lake – fully operational
  • Little Sand Point Campground (Piseco Lake) – fully operational
  • Point Comfort Campground (Piseco Lake) – fully operational
  • Poplar Point Campground (Piseco Lake) – fully operational
  • Golden Beach (Raquette Lake) – fully operational
  • Moffit Beach (Sacandaga Lake) – fully operational
  • Seventh Lake – fully operational

Saratoga County

  • Edinburg (Great Sacandaga Lake) – fully operational
  • Rogers Island Pool (Hudson River) – floating dock is not installed

Warren County

  • Brant Lake – fully operational
  • Luzerne (Hudson River) – fully operation
  • Rogers Rock (Lake George) – fully operational

Washington County

  • Cossayuna Lake – fully operational
  • South Bay (Lake Champlain) – due to high waters the floating dock is not installed, also large mats of vegetative materials (floating bogs) are afloat in the general area around the boat launch site.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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DEC Proposes the Use of Electric Motors Only on Thirteenth Lake

May 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoA proposed regulation that would limit motorized boating on Thirteenth Lake to electric motors only was released for public comment today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Interested parties have until July 2 to provide comments on the proposed regulation.

Thirteenth Lake lies in the northeastern portion of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area in the Town of Johnsburg, Warren County. The lakeshore is predominately state-owned lands classified as wilderness.  Some privately owned parcels adjoin the lake.

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During the development of the Unit Management Plan for the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, DEC received numerous comments from private homeowners on the lake and from other users requesting that motorboats be prohibited on Thirteenth Lake due to noise, air pollution and water pollution issues. In response to these concerns, the Siamese Ponds Unit Management Plan calls for limiting motorized boating on the lake to electric motors only. This regulation implements that directive.

The use of electric motors will allow anglers to troll for trout and people with mobility disabilities to access the lake and adjoining wilderness lands.

The full proposed regulation and additional information regarding the purpose of the regulation can be viewed on the DEC web site. Notices have also be posted in the DEC Environmental Notice Bulletin and the State Register (pdf).

Comments will be accepted until July 2, 2011.  Comments or questions may be directed to Peter Frank, Bureau of Forest Preserve, Division of Lands & Forests, by mail at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4254; e-mail at pjfrank@gw.dec.state.ny.us or by telephone at 518-473-9518. 

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Unit Management Plan (3.65 MB, pdf)

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DEC: 2011 Memorial Weekend In the Adirondacks

May 26th, 2011 · No Comments · News

NYSDEC LogoAdirondacks, NY – Residents and visitors planning to recreate on the lands and waters of the Adirondacks this Memorial Day Weekend should be aware of conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation advised today. Recent and current flood conditions have impacted a number of DEC facilities and structures, the Adirondack bug season has begun, bears are out and crowds are expected at DEC campgrounds and in the backcountry.

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Parking at Stillwater Reservoir and Private Use of Forest Preserve Issues Resolved

May 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the public parking and use of Stillwater Reservoir at the end of the Stillwater Road will be much improved for the coming summer recreation season. The Reservoir is located in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, Town of Webb, Herkimer County. Related issues have been resolved through the use of Temporary Revocable Permits (TRP) allowing for limited private use of state land at the Stillwater public dock and Grassy Point.

“Parking and use of the docks at Stillwater by the public who are recreating on the Reservoir had become increasingly difficult due to the private uses of these facilities,” Judy Drabicki, DEC Regional Director said. “Through increased enforcement, the involvement of State Senator Seward, Town of Webb Supervisor Robert Moore, the Beaver River Property Owners Association and the Thompsons, we feel there is a solution that will greatly enhance the public’s use of the Stillwater facilities – which were built for them to use on these public lands, while still allowing for limited private uses of these facilities.”

Stillwater ReservoirState Senator James L. Seward said, “Working together, the state, the Town of Webb and property owners have forged solutions which recognize the unique situation of Beaver River and its taxpayers, both year round and seasonal, and address the varied pressures on this beautiful and attractive lake wilderness. The agreements and actions announced today respect the history of the area, its unique needs, and the state’s role in overseeing and protecting forest preserve lands for all people.”

Town Supervisor Robert Moore said, “We appreciate the willingness and efforts put forth by all parties involved in seeking solutions for the challenges we faced related to Stillwater parking and Beaver River docking and access. I would be remiss not to expressly thank Senator Seward and the DEC staff for having empathy and seeing things from others point of view.”

Parking Lot

In September 2009, the Department sent letters directing those who had left their boats and trailers unattended in state parking lots in Stillwater to remove them. In the spring 2010, DEC posted signs stating that parking is limited to people who are present at that time on the reservoir or surrounding land and that parking for more than four days without a valid camping permit is prohibited.

Beaver River is a hamlet of 125 seasonal residents, a handful of permanent residents, and two businesses east of Stillwater reservoir which is surrounded by Forest Preserve and no road access. Despite concerns that the parking enforcement would inconvenience Beaver River residents who want to leave their boats in Stillwater they have been able to find alternatives parking arrangements. The local DEC Forest Ranger has received a number of compliments from the public because of the increased availability of parking.

Use by Thompsons of Public Dock at Stillwater

The Thompsons increasing commercial use of the public launch site over the past few years resulted in severe restriction of the public’s access to Stillwater Reservoir. That use included: a barge for hauling people for short day trips to their facility at Grassy Point and for longer term visits and for hauling supplies to the residents of Grassy Point.

This issue was resolved by the issuance of a TRP to the Thompsons limiting the time and location of docking their boats, while allowing them to transport people and goods as needed.

Grassy Point Docks

The state owns Grassy Point and the surrounding land on Stillwater Reservoir near the hamlet of Beaver River. Despite the belief by landowners in Beaver River that the docks they keep at Grassy Point are “public,” these docks were private structures on Forest Preserve and are not allowed.

The issue was resolved by discussions between DEC, the Town of Webb and the Beaver River Property Owners Association. The Department issued a TRP to the town allowing them to have docks at the end of a town road that leads from Grassy Point to Beaver River. The town, in turn, entered into a license agreement allowing the Beaver River Property Owners Association to maintain the docks on the road right of way.

Stillwater Reservoir

Stillwater Reservoir is spread over 6,700 acres and offers a multitude of recreational possibilities. The primary draw to the public is the undeveloped, remote camping on both islands and along the shoreline but also includes remote wilderness camping, canoeing, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The area receives considerable use during each of the four seasons. Camping within 150 feet of the high-water mark is limited to 46 sites designated and marked by the Department. Surrounding the Reservoir, there are two major classifications: the Five Ponds Wilderness Area on the north and the Independence River Wild Forest on the southern shores. During recent years, popularity of the Stillwater Reservoir has greatly increased. In an effort to alleviate some of the problems and preserve remote camping opportunities, campers are now required to use only designated sites along the shoreline or to camp at least 150 feet inland from the high-water mark. More information including a map outlining these specific areas is available on the DEC website.

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