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Onondaga Lake Navigation

Onondaga Lake, located in the city of Syracuse, Onondaga County, is relatively shallow in many areas. As is a common occurrence in many lakes, there are several submerged and partially submerged obstructions that are hazards to both motorized and passively-powered boats. These hazards include old discharge pipes, abandoned piers, shoals and like objects.

DEC and the Onondaga Lake Partnership worked in conjunction with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) (leaves DEC website) to facilitate the installation of navigational buoys in Onondaga Lake to identify hazards in water less than four feet in depth and beyond 100 feet from shore.

OPRHP offers additional boater safety information (leaves DEC website) and an annual Boaters Guide.

Map of Hazard and Navigational Buoys

Map of hazard and navigational buoys (PDF)


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