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For Release: Friday, June 1, 2012

DEC Announces Reopening of Cuba Lake Boat Launch Site

Reconstruction Project Improves Public Accessibility

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the completion of improvements to the Cuba Lake public access boat launch site located in the Town of Cuba, Allegany County.

The launch site, located off of West shore Road near the Rawson Creek Inlet, now features a new concrete launch ramp with floating docks, a paved entrance road, solar lighting, pathways, and an expanded parking area to accommodate up to 24 vehicles and trailers.

"As the only public access launch point along Cuba Lake, this site provides an essential link to the Region's outdoor recreational network," said DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder. "The site's new design improves public access, providing universally accessible parking and pathways so that everyone can enjoy the tremendous fishing and recreational opportunities that historic Cuba Lake offers."

Use of the launch site is seasonally limited to summer and fall, as the lake's water levels are reduced during winter months.

Cuba Lake was created in 1885 as a source of water for the Genesee Valley Canal system. When created, the 445 acre lake was the largest man-make lake ever constructed at that time. The lake provides angling opportunities for a variety of fish, including walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and several species of panfish.

More information about Cuba Lake and the Cuba Lake public boat launch site is available on DEC's website.

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