The Spring 2016 KLC News is now available online HERE or on the NEWSLETTERS page.

See articles about a retiring board member, the latest NYS Boater Safety Course, cleaning your septic tank, KLC board elections, copper sulfate treatments, our new launch dock, weed committee progress, practicing catch and release fishing, helping to pull water chestnuts, annual July 4th events, important reminders, and more.

Too many nutrients in the water can cause eutrophication. The KLC manages algae blooms through its copper sulfate program, but it is not a stand-alone remedy. Property owners, farmers, and municipalities can help by promoting and observing some simple practices: lowering phosphate usage, using non-phosphorus fertilizers, not raking leaves into the lake, not burning leaves in the lake bed and by building riparian buffers and rain gardens.

What happens when fertilisers get washed into lakes and rivers? A process called eutrophication. Learn all about it in this video. This is part of our scienc…

The KLC has once again organized a NYS Boater Safety Course this spring, sponsored by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the NY State Park Police. It is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation. It is an 8-hour class and anyone over the age of 10 can attend at no cost.

The course will be taught on Saturday, June 4th, at the KLIA Hall, from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please bring a bag lunch as there will only be 30 minutes for lunch.

If you are interested in attending, please call 518-784-3024. Pre-registration is required no later than May 22nd. At least 10 attendees are required or the class will be cancelled.

Click for the latest edition of the New York Safe Boating Textbook: A Course on the Safe Operation of Boats and Personal Watercraft. Hard copy textbooks will be available free at the class.

Due to the mild winter and early ice melt, the KLC will start raising the lake beginning this coming Friday, April 1st. With little snow runoff this year, filling the lake to summer level will be weather dependent. Time to get your water toys ready!

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The KLC is looking for a few volunteers to work with the KLC board to map invasive species in Kinderhook Lake this coming summer. If you are interested, please contact the KLC at and register for the Albany June 4th free iMapInvasives training couse below

iMapMobile_iPhone_web New York iMapInvasives will be holding spring training sessions throughout the state in May and June! Each session will be coordinated through the Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), and will include training for basic and advanced data entry. There will also be species identification modules offered this year as well, with more details to come. Anyone interested in mapping invasive species locations and management efforts is welcome to attend these free sessions! Contact with any questions.

Information and Registration for iMapInvasives Training

The KLC Board has listened to the many member requests for a new dock at the member’s only launch on Rt. 28. The dock was constructed in pieces by Bill Cleary. Installation this morning was aided by Bernie Kelleher, Rick Theriault, Mike Franceour, Drew Nelson and sons and Dan Langer. Just a few minor finishing touches are needed. The old dock was relocated closer to the bridge for use by car-top boaters. Thanks for everyone’s help.

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The Winter 2016 KLC News is now available online HERE or on the NEWSLETTERS page.

See articles about what the recently formed Weed Management Committee is doing, the year in review, the need for new memberships, the 2016 draft budget, and more.

Free Ice Fishing Weekend: President’s Day weekend (February 13-14, 2016) will be a free ice fishing weekend to encourage more New Yorkers to try Ice fishing while many are on winter recess. Assuming sufficient ice to support access this year, residents and visitors age 16 and older will be able to fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State without a license, providing a great opportunity for people to learn about this popular sport.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. 

From your friends at the KLC.

The KLC is proud of its accomplishments over the past year thanks to the Board and many member volunteers. 2016 looks to be another year of challenges and hopefully successes as the KLC makes an effort to meet the goal of being good stewards of Kinderhook Lake.

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Now that the lake level is down and the leaves are off the trees, here is a quick reminder to shoreline property owners and residents. Please do NOT rake your leaves into the lake or burn them in the lake bed. Doing so creates a huge source of nutrients to feed nuisance and invasive weed growth. Additionally, if you’re in an area where the drawdown leaves the lake bed exposed in front of your property, raking and removing the leaves from the lake bed would be helpful. These is a very simple, no-cost, preventative measures to help reduce the spread of nuisance and invasive weeds in our beautiful lake. Thanks for your support.