Memorial Day weekend can be one of the biggest boating weekends on Canandaigua and Honeoye lakes, but not this year. A motorized boating ban has been in effect since Friday in Ontario County due to high water levels and will still be in effect, Memorial Day.
The ban has also slowed down business at Sutter's Marina in Canandaigua.
"The marina would be jam-packed. The parking lot would be filling up right now. People would be buying ice and beverages and pumping gas and all that. All that you can see is nonexistent today," said Joe Paris, general manager at Sutter's.
Paris says so far, business this year has been steady and he too is hoping the boating ban is lifted by next weekend.
That prediction isn't too far off according to Ontario County Sheriff's Sgt. James Alexander.
"As it stands right now, Canandaigua Lake water levels are roughly just shy of six inches high at this point, and the lake levels are continuing to drop anywhere from 1 to 2 inches a day," said Alexander.
Alexander says public safety is a huge concern. This is why the ban is in the place.
Authorities say lake levels in Canandaigua are 1.4 feet above desired level, and at Honeoye Lake, levels are a foot higher than normal.
“Given the amount of rain we've had in the last week or so, we have a lot of debris washing down the hill. We've got logs. You wouldn't believe the size of some of these logs, believe it or not," said Alexander.
Cayuga and Seneca lakes are open to boat traffic; however, the sheriff in Seneca County cautions boaters to exercise extreme caution.