If you check out the marinas, you'll find boats put away for the season. But that isn't stopping the worry about next season. By most accounts, Lake Ontario is at a 50 year low and for a variety of reasons.
Lake Ontario now stands at the lower end of the government's acceptable range that because of the lack of rain last summer, very little snowmelt from a mild winter and the fact that officials are letting out more water at the dam at Massena to help out with low water levels in the St. Lawrence River at Montreal.
The level of Lake Ontario is reflected in the level of Irondequoit Bay, which empties into the lake. And at the southern end of the bay off Empire Boulevard, sandbars are visible where the water should be.
Ken Strimple, Bayside Boat and Tackle, said, “We normally have a great rental season over Labor Day. We unfortunately couldn't even launch any boats.”