Tuesday, October 15, 2019

New York: DEC Announces Completion of New Launch Site on Seneca River

DEC Announces Completion of New Seneca River Boat Launch Site

Site Helps Enhance Public Access Opportunities to Onondaga Lake

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the completion of a new boat launch site on the Seneca River, 3664 Hayes Road, Lysander, Onondaga County. The launch is one of several projects currently underway to restore public access and user engagement opportunities to Onondaga Lake.

"Construction of the Seneca River boat launch site provides ample parking and convenient, free access to great fishing in the Seneca River and Onondaga Lake," said DEC Region 7 Director Matthew Marko. "DEC remains committed to ensuring visitors and the community have access to a revitalized Onondaga Lake."

Features of the site include:

  • New concrete launch ramp and floating boarding dock to allow the launching of trailered motorboats even if water levels fluctuate;
  • Designated boat preparation area for safer and more efficient launching;
  • Wooden shoreline fishing platform;
  • Two invasive species disposal bins; and
  • Striped parking area that accommodates nine vehicles with trailers and four single vehicles.

The launch was constructed as part of the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) process. Together, the Trustees (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and DEC), are overseeing implementation of a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake.

The launch provides convenient access to the Seneca River and Onondaga Lake, which support a variety of sportfish species including large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, tiger musky, walleye, sunfish, and yellow perch. Current fishing information is available on DEC's Central New York Fishing Hotline.

Anglers and boaters play a major role in preventing the spread of invasive species, and responsible practices should be employed to help stop their spread. Following recommended guidelines such as properly cleaning, draining, and drying your boat and gear will lessen the likelihood of spreading invasive species and diseases.