DEC does not plow the main parking area to protect the porous pavement. When snow depths increase or ice forms on the lake the gate will be shut and the launch will be closed. Ice anglers and others will be able to access the ice on the lake by parking in the auxiliary parking area on the south side of Beach Road.
DEC will put up temporary fencing to create a path with packed snow from the parking area to the lake. Snowmobiles are prohibited in the main parking area outside of the fenced path as they will damage the porous pavement.
Boaters, anglers, and others seeking to access the lake can call the DEC Warrensburg office at 518 623-1200 to learn whether the gate is open or closed.
Photo of the Beach Road boat launch courtesy Ed Burke.