Boating ban to hit some local lakes this holiday weekend

Created: 05/22/2014 11:11 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

We are just days away from Memorial Day weekend, when so many of us kick of the summer season.


But a lot of people probably won't be able to celebrate this weekend the way they might have hoped, like taking a boat out on the lake.


It's all because of last week's storms. Officials say the water levels are just too high, and that means a potential for dangerous situations, because of things like floating debris and submerged docks.


Included in the bans, are Keuka Lake in Yates County, and now both Honeoye and Canandaigua Lakes in Ontario County.


“It's just not worth it for one weekend.”

It’s the time of year boaters like Jim Ertel long for. When the weather gets warm the avid boater and fisherman spends a lot of time out on his water. But this year he will have to wait.

“We were looking forward to getting in, but I think it's the right thing to do. The docks are under water on the west side and it's dangerous out there. So frankly, I was thinking about not taking it out anyway. I don't want to wreck the prop and damage the boat,” says Ertel.

He’s referring to orders by the Yates and  Ontario County Sheriff’s, to keep all motorized boats off the local waterways until further notice, starting at 8 Friday morning. 

Bill and Cheryl Ward bought a townhouse in a development so they could be near water and go out for a boat ride at any time. Like Ertel, the Wards can look at their boat, but the motor will remain silent this holiday weekend.

“We should all go along with it because there are so many people dealing with flooding and there are apparently all kinds of debris in the water, and it could be dangerous.  So yes it's going to be a nice weekend, we'll enjoy it somehow, but we've got the whole summer ahead of us so I think it's okay,” said Cheryl Ward.

The ban will stay in effect until further notice. We’re told sheriff deputies will be enforcing this ban in boats, and boat launches will be barricaded off as well.

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