The Hague Chronicle
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) began closing the gates at the Rogers Rock and Mossy Point boat launches on September 6, 2019 to protect the Lake from aquatic invasive species.
The overnight closure will continue through October.
“NYSDEC and the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) are seeking to balance protecting the lake from aquatic invasive species and providing public access for boating,” said Regional Director Bob Stegemann.
Stewards from the LGPC will be present when the launches are open to inspect boats, trailers, and equipment for the presence of aquatic invasive species and to educate boaters of the importance of adhering to the policy of “Clean, Drain, and Dry,” which is described at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/92700.html.
The gates will open and close as follows:
Now through 9/20: 5 am - 8 pm
9/21 - 10/11: 6 am - 7 pm
10/12 - 10/31: 7 am - 6 pm
Boaters who do not get off the water in time can use callboxes that were provided by The FUND for Lake George to call DEC Emergency Dispatchers. They will provide instructions to open the gates.
The FUND commends the NYSDEC for taking another critical step in securing the strongest possible protection of the lake from aquatic invasive species. This closes a critical gap in the boat inspection program and will prevent uninspected and contaminated boats from entering our lake.
Hague Town Councilman Steve Ramant, who worked tirelessly on this issue, commented, “Credit for leadership on this issue needs to go to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and his team, Deputy Commission of Natural Resources Judy Drabicki, Regional Director Bob Stegemann, the LGPC, other non-profits serving the lake, and the following supervisors and mayors from around the lake: Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier, Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, Ticonderoga Supervisor Joe Giordano, Putnam Supervisor John LaPointe, Queensbury Supervisor John Strough, Fort Ann Supervisor Richard Moore, Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais, FUND for Lake George Director Eric Siy, Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky, Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board Member Fred Monroe, Lake George Park Commission Director Dave Wick, and Lake George Park Commission Operations Supervisor Roger Smith. Their understanding of how important the lake is to all of us and their commitment to helping to preserve it for the future was key.”