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Monday May 20th, 2024 Honeoye Lake Water Quality

Sheriff issued No Wake Order for Honeoye Lake. Town of Richmond update on plans for Mill Creek & Outlet Creek. May Muller Newsletter.


Surface Water Temperature: ~68.0 F

Water Clarity: ~16.5 Feet

Lake Level: 803.5 Feet above sea level 

Lake level +.4 Feet (~5 inches) above normal

Monday (5/20/24), Water clarity was 16.5 feet, and the surface water temperature was ~68.0 F.  Water clarity was almost identical with the third week of May 2023.  Surface water temperature was ~6 F warmer than the third week of May 2023 due to the mild winter we had in 2024.  We did not visually see any signs of an algae bloom today. It was a beautiful spring day to be out on Honeoye Lake!

We are starting to see Curly Leaf Pond weed, an early season aquatic plant, growing to the lake surface in our clear water.  It’s leaf’s look like Lasagna. Picture on the left.

Always use your own visual assessment before making contact with the lake water at this time of year as the blue-green algae situation can change daily if not hourly. Please regularly check the DEC HABs alert map for more detailed updates on Honeoye Lake HABs alerts:


The Town of Richmond has posted an update on their plans to address the Mill Creek and Outlet Creek issues on their town web site. You can read their update by clicking on the link below:


The Ontario County Sheriff issued a "No Wake Order" for Honeoye Lake on Tuesday April 16th 2024 due to a very high-water level. Boaters are urged to not exceed 5 MPH. Sheriff's Facebook post is available on the link below:

The concern is that large boat wakes could damage docks that have been deployed that are either under or near the current lake level. See pictures above. Also, lake bank erosion is a concern.

The Ontario County Sheriff has posted their No Wake signs at both our NYS Public Boat Launch and Sandy Bottom Park Boat Launch sites to ensure that every boater and fishermen using our public boat launch sites is aware of the No Wake order:

 If you are boating on Honeoye Lake while the lake level is still very high, be careful that you don't hit floating deadheads that came loose from shore and floating or submerged dock sections.

We will regularly keep you posted on the lake level and the Sheriff's.

Current lake level available at:


Click on the link below to see the May Muller Field Station Newsletter:


Click on the link below to see the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force 2024 Winter Newsletter:


DEC Big Panfish Initiative (BPI)

The Big Panfish Initiative (BPI) was developed to create destination fisheries for larger size panfish in select waters. The BPI is an experimental program that is being conducted to determine the impacts of lower harvest and minimum size limits on sunfish population age and size structure in select lakes throughout New York and to evaluate the level of angler satisfaction with this management strategy. It also includes an assessment of crappie population age and growth characteristics in select waters to determine if those waters have the potential to yield larger fish under more conservative harvest regulations.

There are two overall objectives within the BPI, which includes:

  • Implementing and assessing the impact of a special regulation for sunfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redbreast sunfish): 15 per day, 8-inch minimum size, no closed season in the following waters:

  • Blydenburgh Lake (DEC Region 1)

  • Lake Welch (Region 3)

  • Canadarago Lake and Goodyear Lake (Region 4)

  • Saratoga Lake (Region 5)

  • Sixtown Pond and Red Lake (Region 6)

  • Cazenovia Lake and Otisco Lake (Region 7)

  • Honeoye Lake (Region 8)

  • Silver Lake (Region 9)

  • Assessing crappie (white crappie and black crappie) population age and size structure in the following waters under statewide daily harvest limits to determine if more conservative regulations will benefit these fisheries in the future:

  • Blydenburgh Lake (Region 1)

  • Muscoot Reservoir (Region 3)

  • Saratoga Lake (Region 5)

  • Delta Lake (Region 6)

  • Cazenovia Lake and Otisco Lake (Region 7)

  • Waneta/Lamoka lakes and Honeoye Lake (Region 8)

  • Bear Lake (Region 9)

Review complete details in the Big Panfish Initiative Study Plan, 2021-2026 (PDF)

DEC BPI Study Updates can be found on the links below:


Looking for a summer job on beautiful Honeoye Lake. See opportunity below to help keep aquatic invasive species out of Honeoye Lake:


New York Safe Boating Class Certificate will be required of all boaters on this schedule:

If born on or after: You will need boating safety certificate to operate motorized vessel in:

January 1, 1988 2022

January 1, 1983 2023

January 1, 1978 2024

All operators of motorized vessels, regardless of age, will need a boating safety certificate by January 1, 2025.

Click on the link below for more information and the schedule of local NYS Safe Boating classes:


- Click on this link to see the new HLWTF Honeoye Lake Watershed Storm Water Took Kit if you are planning any storm water projects on your property:


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