Rules & Regulations of the Association

Rules and Regulations of the Association

As Revised May 25, 2024

  • Use of Galway Lake is limited to members of the GLCA in good standing and their guests.
  • Hunting and trapping are forbidden at all times.
  • Fishing is forbidden during the months of December, January, February and March.
  • Shooting from or into the water by any person is forbidden at all times.
  • No gasoline, diesel or internal combustion engines are allowed on the lake at any time.
  • This restriction includes internal combustion generators aboard electric watercraft or floats.
  • The total horsepower of battery-powered watercraft must not exceed three (3) horsepower.
  • Airboats, hydrofoils, jet skis and ECOs are prohibited on Galway Lake.
  • The length of watercraft on Galway Lake shall not exceed 22 feet, with the length as stated in the manufacturer’s description.
  • Any boats and trailers that have been in any other waters should be washed (preferably pressure-washed) prior to launching into Galway Lake. This includes paddle watercraft, such as canoes, rowboats, kayaks and SUPs, as well as pontoons and sailboats.
  • When boating, maintain a safe distance from swimmers, other boats and from objects such as sailing marks and swim rafts. Familiarize yourself with the right of way rules of boating.
  • Boats should not travel between the shore and swim rafts.
  • Each person needs an age-appropriate life jacket on board.
  • When boating at night, use adequate lighting.
  • No septicrun-off is permitted into the lake.
  • No discharge of Greywater is permitted into the lake. (Greywater is non-industrial wastewater generated from domestic processes, such as washing dishes, laundry and bathing.)
  • Bathing of humans and animals in the lake with soap or detergent is prohibited.
  • GLCA discourages the use of fertilizer around the lake and does not permit fertilizer run-off into the lake.
  • No fill shall be deposited on the lakebed and no permanent structures shall be placed on the lakebed.
  • Members of the GLCA in good standing may erect and use non-permanent (removable) structures such as docks, floats, ramps, and boat lifts only in front of their deeded lakefront lots, where such docks are reasonable in length and placement. Mooring of a boat is allowed only in front of a members’ deeded access point to the lake.
  • The Galway Lake Campers Association cannot support the use of fireworks on or around the lake, as fireworks, such as firecrackers and all aerial devices, are prohibited by law in the State of New York, unless you have a license to do so. New York State Penal Law, Section §270.

We all value the peace and quiet of Galway Lake, so please be considerate of your neighbors while preserving this special place.