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Spring Boarding Dock Installation

To ensure the safety of our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the installation of some boarding docks at DEC boat launch sites may be delayed. Before heading out, boaters are encouraged to contact DEC's Regional Offices for the most current information.

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 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)

  • Long Pond - In
  • Eaton Brook Reservoir - In
  • Lake Moraine/Madison Reservoir - In
  • Lebanon Reservoir - In
  • Upper Leland Pond - In
  • Cayuga Lake (Mud Lock) - In
  • Oneida Lake (South Shore)- In
  • Skaneateles Lake (Route 41A) - 1 of 2 docks partially installed, second dock under repair
  • Seneca River (Hayes Road) - Week of April 6
  • Seneca River (Port Byron) - Week of April 6
  • Oneida River (Bonstead Road)- Week of April 6
  • Redfield Reservoir (Redfield Island) - April 7
  • Sandy Pond (Groman) - April 7
  • Onondaga Lake - Under Construction
  • Otisco Lake - Under Construction
  • Whitney Point Reservoir (Dorchester) - Week of April 13

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 - CLOSED for repair; Port Bay West - 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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