Important Boating Information
Outlet Bridge Open: April-November
5 MPH in channel/No Wake
5 MPH (No Wake) within 300’ of Shore, Fixed Object (docks), & Anchored Boats
Max speed limit 25 MPH (35 if skiing/tubing)
B.W.I Laws strictly enforced
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Irondequoit Bay is one of Monroe County’s treasures as a large water body located in the northeastern region of the county. The bay is also classified as a wetland and is protected by federal regulations. The towns of Irondequoit, Webster and Penfield, border the bay. Freshwater flows into the bay at the south end from Irondequoit Creek and exits to Lake Ontario at the north end through a channel. With plenty of boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming opportunities, the bay is a major ecological resource that is also a distinguished recreational attraction.
Width: .5 miles (.80 km)
Length: 4 miles (6.4 km)
Max Depth: 73 feet (22 m)
Elevation: 250 feet (76 km)
Shore Length: 17.7 miles (28.5 km)
Watershed Size: 63 square miles (40,481 acres)
Surface Area: 2.6 square miles (1,660 acres)
Hydraulic Retention time: 116 days
The Irondequoit Bay Coordinating Committee (IBCC) was established in 1985 as an advisory committee through an inter-municipal agreement between the towns of Irondequoit, Penfield and Webster and the County of Monroe to coordinate among various levels of government with an interest in the Irondequoit Bay, all levels of public and private use of the area, and to develop, recommend and monitor, related policies.
The Irondequoit Bay Technical Staff (IBTS) is a subcommittee of the IBCC. Membership is made up of representatives from the towns of Irondequoit, Penfield and Webster, Monroe County Planning and Development, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District, New York State Department of State, Environmental Management Council, and the Monroe County Water Quality Coordinating Committee. The IBTS was created to review proposed projects located around the Bay and offer comments and recommendations to the permit-issuing agency for their consideration.
The Irondequoit Bay Harbor Management Plan has been prepared as part of New York State’s Coastal Resources and Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, authorized by the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act to aid in the planning and regulation of water use activity in intensely-used waterfront areas. The Plan was prepared to help assure greater consistency in reviewing plans among the local municipalities and various state and federal agencies.