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Honeoye Lake Info

Cornell Researchers Investigating Lakewide Small Fish Die-Off – July 2018

A lakewide small fish die-off started the weekend of July 28-29, 2018. The DEC Region 8 Fisheries were notified first thing on Monday, 7/30. They sent two DEC Fishery Technicians out to collect samples of dying small fish. They then drove the samples (mostly small perch) to Cornell University’s Fish Pathology Department for testing to try and determine what was causing the perch fish kill. Cornell is currently running all the necessary tests.

The lab at Cornell has isolated a bacteria in the samples that they strongly suspect is causing the die off. As relayed on a call directly from the lab, specialists are conducting further testing to verify their initial findings and hope to have a definitive diagnosis early next week. Cornell stated that the bacteria suspected is fairly common and seems to impact smaller fish due to their immature immune systems.

Cornell’s fish kill findings will be posted as soon as they are available next week.

If you have any further concerns or questions regarding the fish kill, please call DEC Region 8 Fisheries at 585-226-5343.


Terry Gronwall, Chairman

Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force

Swimming & Pavilion Rentals at Sandy Bottom Beach

Sandy Bottom Beach is currently CLOSED for swimming.


As of August 15, 2018, Sandy Bottom Beach is closed for the swim season. 


Regularly scheduled swimming hours are 11 am to 7:30 pm daily, through mid-August. Please observe all safety signs posted at the beach.

All boats, kayaks and canoes must stay outside the far buoys. 


For more information on beach availability, pavilion rentals and summer swim lessons during the swim season, visit our Parks & Recreation pages.


Honeoye Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Program 

The Ontario County Planning Department administers an aquatic weed harvesting program that is designed to remove phosphorus from Honeoye Lake, limiting nutrients that feed algae. It also reduces "nuisance vegetation" that impedes recreational use of the lake.


For more information on the program, visit Ontario County's Honeoye Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Program page or download the documents at the bottom of the page.


NYSDEC Algal Bloom Notices 

The NYS Department of Conservation tracks information collected during routine lake monitoring and submitted by volunteers and public reports to track the presence of blue-green algae blooms. Swimmers are encouraged to refrain from contact with algal blooms. To check on the current reported status, visit the NYSDEC Blue-Green Algal Bloom Notice page.


The Town of Richmond is unable to advise on conditions of lakeshore areas beyond Sandy Bottom Beach. For information on conditions at rental properties, please contact your rental agent. 

Lake Stewardship & Protection

The Honeoye Valley Association and the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force serve as advocates and sponsors for projects that maintain and improve the quality of Honeoye Lake. Visit our Links page to navigate to more information on these organizations and view the Honeoye Lake Watershed Management Plan.



As of December 2017, Honeoye Lake has been included in New York's $65M "State of the State Proposal" to combat algal blooms that threaten recreational use of lakes as well as drinking water. Honeoye was chosen as one of 12 priority waterbodies representing a wide range of conditions. Lessons learned from aggressively combatting harmful algal blooms will be applied to other impacted waterbodies. Learn more about the proposal.