Common sense and respect for others are the way to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone using Copake Lake.
Below are important safety guidelines to follow at all times. Download the booklet entitled "New York State Recreational Boater's Guide" is available here or call 518-474-0445 for complete information.
The CLCS is not an enforcement agency. It is our mission to provide education and to promote safety and conservation. Every boater has an obligation to comply with NYS Boating Laws. If you have concerns about speed, noise or safe handling of any motorized watercraft on the lake, you should contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department at 518-828-3344.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
Right of Way
Personal Watercraft (NYS Law)
It is unlawful to operate a snowmobile:
Snowmobiling is a fun sport. However, as with boating, safety is of utmost importance. Have fun but remember that all law enforcement officers, including Sheriffs, local and State Police, State Park Police, Environmental Conservation Officers, and Forest Rangers are authorized to enforce snowmobile laws and regulations. For further information on the rules and regulations of snowmobiling in New York, please check out the New York State Snowmobile Association website.