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Spring Boarding Dock Installation

Here is the current schedule for the installation of boarding docks at DEC boat launches. A concerted effort is made annually by DEC regional Operations staff to get docks installed at all sites prior to the opening day for various sportfish species. Schedules are tentative; however, and can change based on water levels, weather and ice conditions. Most sites are open for public use even if the boarding dock is not installed.

Region 1 (Long Island)

  • April 1 for docks at the Forge Pond boat launch.

Region 3 (Southeastern NY)

  • April 1 for all boat launch docks.

Region 4 (East Central New York/Capital District)

  • Germantown Boat Launch - mid-April
  • Mohawk River Boat Launches - mid-May

Region 5 (Northeastern NY/Eastern Adirondacks)

  • Lake George - April 1
  • All other waters - dependent upon ice/snow conditions, but docks are usually in by May 1. Schroon Lake (Horicon) and Lake Champlain (South Bay) are usually last due to high water conditions during the early season.

Region 6 (Northwestern NY/Western Adirondacks)

  • May 1 for all boat launches.

Region 7 (Central NY)

  • Oneida Lake (South Shore Boat Launch), Skaneateles Lake - Last week in March
  • All other launches - First week in April

Region 8 (West Central NY)

  • Monroe County: Black Creek - mid-April; Sandy Creek - 3rd week in March
  • Ontario County: Canandaigua Lake (Woodville Boat Launch) - 3rd week in March, Canoe/Kayak Dock - May 1
  • Schuyler County: Lamoka Lake (Canoe/Kayak Dock) - May 1; Cayuta Lake - mid-April
  • Wayne County: Port Bay (South and West Boat Launches) - mid-April
  • Yates County: West River (Canoe and Kayak Dock) - April

Region 9 (Western NY)

  • Chautauqua Lake (Prendergast Boat Launch Site) - April 15
  • All other docks - mid-April

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