Emilia Teasdale reports
that for two years the Kinderhook Lake Corporation has tried to put a gate to control access to the Kinderhook Lake, so that unwashed boats don't launch invasive species into the water. Many residents, though, want access, not a gate, and have fought the gate at the end of the Rose Street Extension. The state Department of Environmental Conservation first gave a permit for the gate, then said last year that it planned to revoke the permit because the Town owns the access road to the lake, not the corporation. The Kinderhook Lake Corporation wrote a letter to the DEC saying, “People with smaller boats, such as rowboats, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and those who wanted to swim, wade, fish, etc. could still enter the lake at the Rose Street Extension location by going in the water around the gate,” claiming that only large boat users would need to purchase a key for the gate. "The DEC has not issued a deadline for its decision in the matter," according to Teasdale. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.