Best Practices

Lakeside homeowners, dock holders and anyone within the area from which water flows into the lake - impact the quality of our lake with our personal decisions.

YOU can protect Copake Lake by preserving or mimicking as many natural processes in the watershed as possible, so that nature can accomplish its water purification task.

  • Leave natural buffer strips of trees and other vegetation along the lakeside edge of your property. Tree roots help to keep the shoreline intact.
  • Set your lawn mower to leave grass two to three inches long.
  • Avoid disturbing natural soil by extensive site clearing, paving, etc.
  • Direct surface run-off into natural depressions where water can slowly seep into the ground.
  • Minimize the use of harmful chemicals. If you must fertilize, do a soil test and follow recommendations. When fertilizer is indicated use phosphorus-free products.
  • Do not throw any organic material, including leaves, grass clippings, food or potting soil into lake.
  • Do not empty fish aquariums into the lake. They are a possible source of invasive weeds.
  • Construction near the lake needs a barrier fence and hay bales to prevent run-off into the lake.
  • Maintain Your Septic System!
  • Click here to view "Diet for a Small Lake", a guide to New York State Lake and Watershed Management
  • Click here to view a publication on "Understanding Lake Data"

Lake Management

Lake Management Plan

Boating Safety

Winter Safety

Grant Committee


Spring Checklist

Fall Checklist

Resources on Lake and Watershed Management

No run-off or erosion prevention.
No habitat protection.

Great lakescaping!

Please do the right thing!


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