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City Boat Launches Closed By State Order

The City of Ogdensburg has closed the Paterson Street and Little Park boat launches as well as the City Marina until further notice in order to comply with new COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic guidelines issued Thursday by New York State. The state ordered all state and municipal boat launches to close and all marinas to close. The state ordered all golf closes to close on Thursday.

The guidelines can be found at Empire State Development’s website at and by clicking on the “ESD Guidance on Essential Businesses” link.

"People are upset but we are following the state orders in the face the pandemic. All state launches and are closed." said Director of Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Matt Curatolo.

"We put barricades across the openings of boat launches."

The state also ordered that all marinas close. The small boat launch at Hosmer's Marina is also closed.

Curatolo also related that all playgrounds and basketball courts are closed in the city closed but that the parks and walking trails are open. But he urged people to follow the social distancing guidelines to impede the spread of the virus.

Citizens can still use docks, launches and hoists on private properties to enjoy area waters.


The Lisbon Beach and Campground and boat launch is also closed.

"Town of Lisbon has temporarily closed the Lisbon Beach and Campground, and Boat Launch to the public. This is a temporary measure and being done to do our part as a Municipality to limit and stop the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This is in effect as of eight am today and until further notice," said Lisbon Town Supervisor Bill Nelson in facebook post.

"This is a serious health situation, and we are asking people to have the discipline to follow social distancing, and are encouraging our residents to comply with Sheriff Bigwarfe's request of no non-essential travel except to an essential occupation, a medical appointment, or to buy food or medications. The Town Board asks all residents to exercise caution and practice preventative measures as directed by the County Public Health and the CDC. We are hopeful that this pandemic will pass in a timely fashion and the Town will be able to resume business as usual."

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