Fall 2020 Lake Draw Down

Updated: October 8, 2020

We have received word from DEP that the parts for the weir have been received and repairs will be initiated in a few days. Assuming a successful installation, they plan to begin lowering of the lake on the 15th of October. Please take care to remove watercraft that require the higher lake levels.

Please remember to send your dues if you have not done so. We also have received a match from a generous donor. Any funds up to $2500 will be matched. Help us to continue our work on the lake.

KLWA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (All donations are tax-deductible where allowed by law).

Upcoming projects include: more carp, shoreline survey, limnologist engagement and continued grant applications.

We need your help to locate and apply for community grants. Please use your resources to bring ideas to our attention.

Safe Boating & Swimming at the Lake

  • The state of New York requires one wearable Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person that is aboard a vessel. All PFDs must be readily accessible.

  • In addition to the above requirement, one Type IV U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer and readily accessible.

  • Type V PFDs are approved but must be worn to be considered legal.

  • Flotation devices that are ripped or in poor condition are not considered approved.

  • All Personal Watercraft (PWC) occupants must be wearing a PFD.

  • Any person towed behind a vessel must be wearing a PFD.

  • All persons on any vessel (this includes motor boats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, or rowboats) less than 21 feet, must wear a life jacket from November 1 to May 1 when underway.

  • Swimmers in open water should be accompanied by a flotation device or small boat to signal their presence.

See more about Boating & Swim Safety on Kirk Lake


Invasive Species: Help prevent the spread!

To help prevent the introduction and spread of non-native species from one body of water to another, you should:

  • Inspect your boat and remove aquatic plants or animals before you leave any body of water.

  • Flush raw-water cooling systems and clean sea strainers before moving your boat from one body of water to another.

  • Empty bait buckets and remove any plant fragments from bait wells, fishing gear, trailers, dive gear or props. Dispose on land into a garbage receptacle.

  • Drain water from your motor, live wells and bilge.

  • Wash your boat before putting it into a new body of water.

  • Report new infestation of non-native aquatic species to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Learn more about Invasive Plants & Animals at Kirk Lake

KLWA is now on smile.Amazon.com

Ordering from Amazon.com? You can support Kirk Lake Watershed by going to smile.amazon.com and choosing KLWA as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases —no fees, no extra cost.

Instructions for setting up Amazon Smile in the Amazon App on your mobile device.