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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 motorized and passively-powered boats alike. These hazards include old discharge pipes, abandoned piers, shoals and like objects. The DEC and the Onondaga Lake Partnership worked in conjunction with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 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. Boaters using rowing sculls, fishing boats, sail boats and pleasure craft are now be able to more safely navigate Onondaga Lake.

A map of hazard and navigational buoys is available for download (link on the right).

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