Sheriff Virts asks boaters to avoid shoreline along Lake Ontario

Cayuga Lake after several days of rainy weather.

On Sunday, Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce announced a Lake Level Advisory for Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. The advisory includes the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, as well.

Luce says that recent rains have caused water levels to rise and extra caution is needed for boat traffic to navigate safely. He said in the release that as the weather gets warmer and people are getting back on the water — the Sheriff’s Office is urging those individuals to use extra caution.

Among the items of concern for boaters are debris, like submerged logs, which provide a hazard to those vessels.

He says that until the water levels go down boaters should operate at reduced speed so as not to create a wake that will damage other boats and docks.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts toured Lake Ontario and the Sodus Bay shoreline over the weekend. He is urging boaters to stay as far away from shorelines as possible.

Virts is asking boaters to voluntarily observe a 500-foot zone for any shoreline of Lake Ontario, Sodus Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay.

“I ask for boaters’ voluntary compliance with a no-wake zone within 500 feet from any shoreline to reduce erosion, protect property and to avoid submerged docks.”

Neither are instituting a ‘ban’ but caution is urged throughout waters in the Finger Lakes.

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