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Boating/Jet Skis

Boating / Jetskis

Welcome.  Long Lake and Raquette Lake welcome all boaters to
take advantage of boating opportunities on our lakes.

Long Lake regularly offers the Boater Safety Course in the early summer months. Please contact the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 624-3077 for information about registration and dates.


Recommended by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The Safe Skipper’s Pledge
I will assist those in need, and report any boating accident in which I’m involved.
My boat will have USCG approved life jackets, of the proper size, in good condition and readily accessible.
I will operate in a safe and careful manner, never recklessly, and never while under the influence.
I will understand and follow the Rules of the Road.
I will take a boating safety course.
I will carry the proper equipment while underway, always in good condition and always readily accessible.
Navigation aids serve as the road signs of the water. I will understand and obey them
I will understand and follow the legal requirements for operating a personal watercraft.
I will remember to follow the rules of safe boating, whether I am pulling skiers or tubers, skin diving, fishing or hunting.
If my boat has a motor, I will register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Personal Watercraft/Jet Ski – Legal Requirements
The use of personal watercraft has gained in popularity in recent years, but there is much debate about the use of these craft. Please follow the guidelines listed here. Be aware that traveling close to shoreline can disrupt nesting wildlife including the fragile Loon population and use common sense. Have fun and be safe.

Required Equipment (Operator’s responsibility) includes:
Life Jacket (required to be worn by all persons), Engine Cut-off Lanyard, Sound Producing Device, Visual Distress Signal, Backfire Flame Arrestor, Recommended Equipment
Footwear, Eye Wear – goggles or sunglasses, Wet Suit, Gloves

Operating Restrictions
Operator must have completed a boating safety course, Minimum operator age is 14, Operation prohibited between sunset and sunrise, Reckless Operation , weaving through congested traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel, playing chicken, PWC prohibited within 500 feet of bathing beach/swim area

For more information about boating regulations in New York State check out


Long Lake NYS DEC boat launch site with hard surface ramp, room for 60 cars and trailers.
Location on Olivet/Dock Road off Route 30 in Long Lake.

Forked Lake State Campground has a New York State boat launch site with beach launch and room for 40 cars and trailers. Location on County Route 3/Buttermilk Falls/Northpoint Rd.

Lake Eaton State Campground NYS DEC beach launch with room for 12 cars and trailers.
Location off Route 30 North towards Tupper Lake.

BOAT LAUNCHES – Raquette Lake

Eighth Lake Campground NYS DEC hard surface ramp with room for 10 cars and trailers.
Location 5 miles west of Raquette Lake.

Golden Beach Campground NYS DEC beach launch with room for 50 cars and trailers.
Location on route 28, three miles north of Hamlet of Raquette Lake.

Canoe Launches in Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake DEC canoe launch sites, Golden Beach Camp Grounds, South Inlet, Brown’s Tract Outlet, Sucker Brook.

Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Boaters and Anglers, please remember that you can help prevent the spread of unwanted aquatic plant and animal species by following these guidelines:

Remove all mud and aquatic plants from all gear, boats, motors and trailers before departing from your fishing location
Drain all water including bilges, live wells, and bait tanks before departing from your fishing location
Do not transport fish from one body of water to another
Do not release unused bait into a body of water
Do not dispose of fish carcasses or by-products in any body of water

The Town of Long Lake with the collaboration of the Long Lake and Raquette Lake Associations sponsor Lake Stewards to educate and inspect boats being launched into the waters to help prevent the spread of invasive species. Check out the links to their pages (government pages/associations)

For more information about boating registration, please call the
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at (518) 473-5595.

For more information about boating requirements & boating safety, please call the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation at (518) 474-0456.

For more rules, regulations or more info on boating in the Adirondacks click this link

For more information about renting boats, canoes or boat tours please see our What 2 Do boating pages.


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