Swimming & Pavilion Rentals at Sandy Bottom Beach
Sandy Bottom Beach is now CLOSED for the 2017 swim season.
As of Wednesday, August 9th, Sandy Bottom Beach is closed for the 2017 swim season.
The anticipated 2018 schedule of operation for the beach is mid-June through mid-August, with daily hours of operation during the month of July. Check back for hours of operation in late spring 2018. For more information on beach availability, pavilion rentals and summer swim lessons during the swim season, visit our Parks & Recreation pages.
Honeoye Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Program
The Ontario County Planning Department administers an aquatic weed harvesting program that is designed to remove phosphorus from Honeoye Lake, limiting nutrients that feed algae. It also reduces "nuisance vegetation" that impedes recreational use of the lake.
For more information on the program, visit Ontario County's Honeoye Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Program page or download the documents at the bottom of the page.
NYSDEC Algal Bloom Notices
The NYS Department of Conservation tracks information collected during routine lake monitoring and submitted by volunteers and public reports to track the presence of blue-green algae blooms. Swimmers are encouraged to refrain from contact with algal blooms. To check on the current reported status, visit the NYSDEC Blue-Green Algal Bloom Notice page.
The Town of Richmond is unable to advise on conditions of
lakeshore areas beyond Sandy Bottom Beach. For information on
conditions at rental properties, please contact your rental agent.
Lake Stewardship & Protection
The Honeoye Valley Association and the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force serve as advocates and sponsors for projects that maintain and improve the quality of Honeoye Lake. Visit our Links page to navigate to more information on these organizations and view the Honeoye Lake Watershed Management Plan.
As of December 2017, Honeoye Lake has been included in New York's $65M
"State of the State Proposal" to combat algal blooms that threaten
recreational use of lakes as well as drinking water. Honeoye was
chosen as one of 12 priority waterbodies representing a wide range of
conditions. Lessons learned from aggressively combatting harmful algal
blooms will be applied to other impacted waterbodies. Learn more about the proposal.
To support this effort, the state's Water Quality Rapid Response team will convene four regional summits that bring together scientists, academic researchers, national and state experts and local stakeholders. At the summit, national experts will work with local steering committees to begin developing tailored action plans. Each summit will include an evening session open to the public. The Western New York Summit will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6 pm at SUNY Monroe Community College. Learn more about the summit.