Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary

In April 2019, in response to a community-based sanctuary nomination, NOAA announced its intent to designate a new national marine sanctuary in New York's eastern Lake Ontario. With input from the public, stakeholders and in consultation with the state of New York, NOAA is publishing this draft environmental impact statement and draft management plan to designate a national marine sanctuary in eastern Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.

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Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Summary Document

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Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Alternative 1

Eastern Lake Ontario and Thousand Islands

Boundary: 1,786 square-miles

Known Shipwrecks: 64

Potential Shipwrecks: 20

Known Aircraft: 1

Potential Aircraft: 3

Map: NOAA

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Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Alternative 2

Eastern Lake Ontario

Boundary: 1,724 square-miles

Known Shipwrecks: 43

Potential Shipwrecks: 20

Known Aircraft: 1

Potential Aircraft: 3

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Divers examiening St Peter shipwreck

Underwater video of the St. Peter shipwreck.

Credit: Nick Zachar/NOAA

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Diver swimming near shipwreck

Underwater video of the David W Mills shipwreck.

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divers swim above the St. Peter ship wreck

The wreck of the St. Peter

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divers examing the bow of the St.Peter

The wreck of the St. Peter

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divers examing the bow of the St.Peter

The wreck of the St. Peter

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The wreck of the St.Peter

The wreck of the St. Peter

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A diver swims along the deck of the St.Peter

The wreck of the St. Peter

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A diver swims near the wreck of The St.Peter

A diver swims along the wreck of the St. Peter

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Two divers usining an underwater camera

Two divers using an underwater camera

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historcial photo of the david w. mills

The wreck of the steamer David W. Mills, a typical 19th century cargo vessel, lies within the proposed sanctuary.

Photo courtesy of the Collection of Bowling Green State University

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A diver inspects the bow of a shipwreck

A diver inspects the bow of the suspected steamer Homer Warren.

Photo courtesy of Jill Heinerth

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engraving of british ships attack fort ontario

An engraving by William Steele of the British attack on Fort Oswego in 1814.

Image: William Steele, courtesy of the Collection of Paul Lear

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A diver inspects the bow of Queen of the Lakes

A diver inspects the bow of Queen of the Lakes where the anchor remains in place.  

Photo courtesy of Jill Heinerth

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A diver inspects the stern of Queen of the Lakes

A diver explores the stern of Queen of the Lakes, which remains upright and intact with all three masts still standing after sinking with a cargo of coal in 1906.

Photo courtesy of Jill Heinerth

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view of a lighthouse and a house next to it

Tibett's Point Lighthouse is one of nine lighthouses within the proposed sanctuary area.

Photo courtesy of Ted Van Pelt

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