Cayuga County Emergency Services reports that the Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature in accordance with a declaration of a State of Emergency issued on July 1 has issued an Emergency Order for a NO WAKE ZONE with a 5 MPH boating speed limit on the Seneca River and Canal System in Cayuga County.
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.
The order took effect at 3:00pm on Friday and will remain in effect until removed by subsequent order of the Chief Executive.
Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said, “We ask that everyone traveling on the Seneca River and Canal System to adhere to this “No Wake” restriction and take every prudent step to avoid personal injury to themselves and impacting local property owners. This restriction will be lifted as soon as conditions allow, but our first priority is the safety of local boaters and residents alike.”
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.