A No Wake Zone and 5 mph speed limit is being enforced on the Seneca River and Canal System in Cayuga County, effective immediately.
The emergency declaration was enacted by the Cayuga County Legislature, after extensive rainfall over the last seven days has made travel along the canal system in Cayuga County difficult.
The Seneca River and Canal System have elevated water levels relative to the significant rain events that have been impacting Cayuga County, and with such elevated water levels there is enhanced risk and danger to boaters from submerged debris and enhanced risk of damage to property and infrastructure along the river from unnecessary wake.
Along with the Cayuga County Emergency Order, the New York State Canal Corporation and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office have announced a temporary “No Wake” restriction on the Erie Canal and Seneca River between Lock E-24 (Baldwinsville) and Lock E-25 (May’s Point), and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and Seneca River between the Erie Canal and Lock CS-1 (Cayuga). Vessels traveling this portion of the Seneca River & New York State Canal System may not exceed a speed of 5 MPH and must not produce a measurable wake until further notice.
Violators will be subject to a $100 fine pursuant to Canal Rules and Regulations and in Cayuga County subsequent to the Emergency Order, failure to obey this order is a criminal offense, punishable by law under New York State