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Irondequoit opens public boat launch after delays from high water

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Two months after being closed due to high water levels along Lake Ontario, the town of Irondequoit has re-opened its public boat launch at the Irondequoit Bay Outlet. (WHAM photo)

Irondequoit, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two months after being closed due to high water levels along Lake Ontario, the town of Irondequoit has re-opened its public boat launch at the Irondequoit Bay Outlet.

The launch was closed in mid-May due to rising water levels on Lake Ontario. Canoes and kayaks were still allowed to launch from the park, but no one was allowed to use the docks or ramp.

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley said workers from the Department of Public Works installed temporary elevated ramps at the park in Sea Breeze this week.

The docks still remain mostly under water, but now boaters can have access to the water. Seeley said he is excited to start moving back toward normal operations.

“In addition to the constant threat to property owners that the recent high water levels have posed, it has also denied the public their right to enjoy the waterfront that is so essential to communities like Irondequoit,” Seeley said.

The bay and Lake Ontario are both under a State of Emergency, meaning there can be no wakes on the Irondequoit Bay and none within 500 feet of the Lake Ontario shore.

The $6 fee remains in place to launch at the outlet; the Empire Pass is accepted.

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