The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the agency is holding an information session to solicit public input on the Great Sacandaga Lake Broadalbin public boat launch draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) on Saturday, April 18th, at the Broadalbin-Perth High School Cafeteria. The meeting will include a short presentation by DEC Region 5 Fisheries Manager Rob Fiorentino, followed by an open table session with DEC staff to facilitate conversation and answer questions.
The Broadalbin Boat Launch is located on New York State Forest Preserve lands along Lakeview Road in the town of Broadalbin, Fulton County. The launch is managed by the DEC Bureau of Fisheries and provides access to the southeastern end of Great Sacandaga Lake north of the village of Broadalbin and is the only major public boat ramp on the southern portion of the lake. The existing launch site was constructed in 1998.
Management goals include providing waterway access for motorized and non-motorized boaters and anglers including those with disabilities, establishing site conditions that reduce illegal activities, ensuring compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, and protecting Great Sacandaga Lake’s shoreline and aquatic habitat.
The draft UMP proposes the following management activities:
- Repurpose the beach portion of the site to provide additional non-motorized boating access;
- Reduce the prevalence of illegal activities and alleviate the need for additional law enforcement and site management resources;
- Install a new pathway to the water;
- Install a boarding dock at summer pool elevation; and
- Restore the beach area with stone and a mix of native plants to deter swimming and limit erosion of the shoreline.
The draft UMP for the Broadalbin boat launch and a presentation of the draft plan can be viewed and downloaded online. Questions regarding the information session can be directed to Erin Hanczyk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, at (518) 897-1200.
This program will take place from 6 to 7:30 pm. The Broadalbin-Perth High School is located at 100 Bridge Street, in Broadalbin.
Mike Thompson says
Boat launch is inadequate for volume of boat traffic. The congestion causes tension among boaters which often leads to physical confrontation. South Bay launch on lake Champlain should be a model for designing a new launch on Great Sacandaga.
Ralph Harris says
Convert the old swimming area to a new launch for motorized boats using a dual ramp design. Leave the current launch at Broadlbin intact and designate that launch for non-motorized boats.