NAVIGATION LAW (Derived from Navigation Law – 1897 – L – 1909
Sect. 52 – DEPOSIT OF DEAD ANIMALS AND RAFTING IN LAKE GEORGE PROHIBITED. NO person or persons shall drain, deposit or cast any dead animal, carrion, offal, excrement, garbage or any other putrid or offensive matter into the waters of Lake George or Schroon Lake in the=is state; nor moor nor store logs or rafts in any bay of or inlet to such lakes. This section shall not be construed to prevent the deposit of the usual waste or drainage from factories, or the storage of logs or rafts by adjacent owners in front of their own uplands, or the rafting or floating of logs through Schroon Lake in the usual manner, or the erection of booms prior to the twentieth day of June in each year to secure and prevent the separation of logs in such lake for such time as is required to float them through the outlet in such manner as not to interfere with its navigation by any party employing steamboats to carry freight or passengers. Logs or timber or lumber of any kind shall not be moored or stored of rafted or floated through the waters of Lake George at any time from the first day of July until the first day of October of any year. All rafts or logs or timber or lumber and all logs or timber or lumber rafted or intended to be rafted or floated through the waters of Lake George during the remainder of any year shall be so secured and fastened together that the same shall not separate, and each such log or piece of lumber or timber shall be clearly marked to identify the owner. Every person violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in a penitentiary or county jail for not more than two months, or by both, in the discretion of the court for each offense, and the district attorney of the county in which the offense is committed or exists, is authorized and directed to prosecute the offender or offenders hereunder and directed to ay the fine or fines collected to the treasurer of the county in which the offense is committed or exists to be applied in reduction of the annual county taxes. The owner of any log or logs or timber or lumber at large in the waters of Lake George, shall also be liable to a penalty of five dollars for each log or piece of timber or lumber so found at large, and the said penalty may be sued for and recovered by any person finding such log or logs or lumber or timber so at large, together with the costs of the action, such penalty to belong to the person bringing the action.