The site is dedicated to Kenneth P. Lynch for his commitment to the restoration of Onondaga Lake. Lynch served as Regional Director of DEC’s Region 7 for nearly two decades, and most recently as Executive Deputy Commissioner until his retirement in March 2019.
The Onondaga Lake Boat Launch Site offers free launching capabilities for trailered motorboats and cartop boats, such as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Site features provide access for wheelchairs and visitors of all abilities. The new launch site complements the Loop-the-Lake Trail extension that traverses the site.
Site features that enhance safe and enjoyable access to Onondaga Lake include:
- Double width, center-launch ramp with two accessible floating boarding docks on either side to allow launching of trailered motorboats even as water levels fluctuate;
- Separate car-top boat launch with designated accessible parking;
- Accessible fishing and viewing platform;
- Accessible picnic area with concrete pathway, pads, and tables;
- Temporary wheelchair-accessible portable toilet, with a permanent accessible restroom facility to be constructed this spring;
- Paved parking area that accommodates 30 vehicles with trailers and 30 single vehicles, with additional designated accessible parking for both trailered and single vehicles;
- Solar-powered safety lighting, designed to minimize light pollution;
- Multiple tie-down areas with invasive species disposal bins and running water for flushing bilges and livewells and hosing off boat surfaces to help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species; and
- Designated boat preparation area for safer and more efficient launching.
The boat launch facility was funded through an Environmental Benefit Project (EBP) as part of an Onondaga Lake cleanup Consent Order with Honeywell. EBPs are agreed to as part of the settlement of an enforcement matter and are designed to benefit the local community and environment.