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For Release: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DEC to Host Public Meeting for Proposed Otisco Lake Boat Launch

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public meeting to provide information and answer questions about its proposal to develop a DEC Boat Launch Site on Otisco Lake, located in the town of Spafford, Onondaga County.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Amber Fire Department, 2223 Amber Road, Marietta.

Otisco is the only Finger Lake currently without a public boat launch. The Otisco Lake Boat Launch Site will be located on former Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) land, just south of the causeway on the west side of Otisco Lake.

DEC Fisheries management activities at Otisco Lake include:

  • Annual stocking of 11,000 tiger muskellunge fingerlings (9-10" long);
  • Biennial stocking of 44,000 walleye pond fingerlings (1.5" long); and
  • Routine fish community assessments to evaluate stocking success and effectiveness of fisheries regulations.

Onondaga County Hatchery annually stocks approximately 2,500 2-year old brown trout (13" long).

The meeting will include a presentation about the anticipated Otisco Lake Boat Launch Site project schedule, in addition to facility design and operation. DEC staff will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

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