NYS DEC announced the completion of a new boat launch site on Otisco Lake, which is now open for public access at 1490 West Valley Road in Spafford, Onondaga County.
Prior to the launch’s completion, Otisco was the only Finger Lake without a public boat launch.
The new site features a new concrete launch ramp and floating boarding dock to allow the launching of trailered motorboats even if water levels fluctuate.
There’s also solar-powered safety lighting, an invasive species disposal bin and a designated boat preparation area for safer and more efficient launching.
A paved parking area with separate entrance and exit accommodates 13 vehicles with trailers and 13 single vehicles.
“This modern facility offers parking for boat trailers and passenger vehicles and provides safe and convenient features accessible to visitors of all abilities,” DEC Region 7 Director Matthew Marko said. “DEC is grateful to our local government partners, as well as the Otisco Lake community for their instrumental feedback to improve the site design.”
DEC recently celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Otisco Lake site features enhance access for visitors of all abilities including accessible-designated parking for one vehicle with trailer and one passenger vehicle, along with a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet.
The project was funded by a $599,740 allocation through the Environmental Protection Fund and $22,260 through New York Works, for a total of $622,000.
It now complements the DEC Otisco Lake Fishing Access Site at the causeway, located approximately 200 yards to the north.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank DEC for working closely with the community to design a safe, convenient, and accessible site for residents and visitors to enjoy the fishing, sunsets, and other magnificent qualities we love about Otisco Lake,” said Otisco Lake Preservation Association President Tim Creamer.
Otisco Lake is the most easterly of the 11 Finger Lakes and is eighth in size. It lies wholly within Onondaga county near the city of Syracuse.