Launch Lockdown

Sun Community News

Two boat launches in northern Lake George will be locked down after hours beginning Sept. 6 as part of a pilot program to increase protection from aquatic invasive species on the lake, Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Bob Stegemann announced last week.

The overnight closure will be maintained through the month of October, and effect the Mossy Point and Rogers Rock launches.

Environmental groups and lakeside towns have been urging the state to close the launches in the evening and early morning hours when boat inspectors are not on duty. Without the protection, the two launches were regarded as weak links in the fight to keep Lake George free of species that can damage the lake’s ecology and make recreation and fishing less appealing to tourists.

The state will see how the lockdown works before deciding what to do in 2020.

 

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