Using the Lake 2020-08-04T16:42:51-04:00

Boating on Lake Placid

Boating has long been an integral part of life on the Lake. Most of the land surrounding Placid Lake has no road access, and many properties can be reached only by water. Boats, therefore, are not only indispensable, they are the best way to experience the beauty of the Lake. Boater safety enhances the enjoyment and safety of all.

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Please be aware of the following laws applicable to boating on Lake Placid:

Warning Buoys

  • Danger zone: White buoy with orange stripes
  • No wake zone (5 mph speed limit): White buoy with orange mark
  • Channel: Stay between green and red buoys

Required Equipment

  • Life preserver for each person on motorized and non-motorized boats and boards
  • Navigation lights (LIGHTS ON AFTER DARK)
  • Horn, whistle, paddle, anchor, anchor line
  • Fire extinguisher for inboards

Speed Limits

  • 5 mph: Paradox Bay; Within 100 feet of shore, dock, raft or any other boat
  • 10 mph: When navigating in fog, mist or heavy rain; Within 100 feet of any canoe, rowboat, kayak, or swimmer; Sunset Strait from sunset to sunrise
  • 20 mph: Between 100 and 300 feet from any shore; Sunset Strait during daylight hours
  • 45 mph: Anywhwere else

Right of Way

  • Boat on right
  • Boat being overtaken by another boat
  • Non-motorized boat


  • Minimum of two people must be onboard in addition to the skier/tuber/boarder
  • Every skier/tuber/boarder must wear a vest-type life preserver
  • No waterskiing/tubing/wakeboarding: Between sunset and sunrise; In Sunset Strait
  • Jet Skis and Wave Runners are prohibited

Boater Safety Certification

New York State law requires that all operators of motorized boats take a one-time eight-hour safety course and carry a New York boater card. The phase-in-by-age law requires a new age group pass the test each year. All operators of motorized boats, regardless of age, must have boating safety certification by January 1, 2025.

Please click here to view complete Vessel Regulations.

Public Boat Launch

Be sure to use the Wash Station at the boat ramp to clean your boat prior to launch and prevent the spread of invasive species!

There is a no-cost public boat launch, with first-come, first-serve parking for 25 cars and trailers. It is located off route 86 in the village of Lake Placid on Mirror Lake Drive. Make sure to follow the guidelines of the Invasive Species Prevention Program to keep the lake pristine and protected from invasive species. The SOA operates a portable boat wash for public use, so do your part to keep the lake free of invasive species.

Boat Sales, Service, Maintenance and Repairs

Keeping your boat in safe working order is also crucial to boating safety on the lake. For example, it is extremely unsafe to operate a boat at night without working lights. Sometimes things happen, however, and your lights may malfunction. Always keep a backup light source, like a flashlight or headlamp, in your boat for emergencies, and be sure to change the batteries every year.

Don't hesitate to have essential repairs done. The safety of every lake user is all of our responsibility, and the contacts listed below are trusted local sources for your boat repair needs.

Jim Forsyth

On call on Lake Placid 24/7 for repair and maintenance


For your wooden boat needs from minor repairs to major restorations

Fogarty's Lake Flower Marina

Sales, Water Sports Equipment and Service

TLC Restorations | Todd Rissberger

Wooden boat services and consultations, gauge and instrument repair

Spencer Boat Works | Jay Annis

Boat building, restorations, maintenance, storage and repair

Meister Marine Services

Marine Service and Repair

Marina Services

Two marinas currently operate on Lake Placid: one in East Lake’s Southern end at Lake Placid Marina, and one in Paradox Bay.

Lake Placid Marina

The Lake Placid Marina rents slips and sells fuel. It is the only place on the lake to purchase fuel.

Paradox Bay

Paradox Bay has slips available for rent or lease. There are no day slips and no fueling or other services available.