Skaneateles Lake

Just 23 miles west of Syracuse, the sparkling blue-green waters of Skaneateles Lake shine like a gem among the forested ridges of the Finger Lakes district. The sixth largest of the Finger Lakes, Skaneateles is exceptionally beautiful and serene; the water is so pristine that nearby towns, including the city of Syracuse, use the lake as a source of drinking water - unfiltered.

Averaging about three-quarters of a mile wide and stretching to 16 miles in length, Skaneateles (from the Iroquois for "long lake") reaches across three counties: Onondaga, Cayuga and Cortland.

Another great fishing spot is the nearly 4-acre lot of public land at 2880 West Lake Road, about 2.7 miles from downtown Skaneateles, along the western shore of the lake. Boaters make good use of it as well. This spot is open to the public, but parking is limited. Accessible by water.

When to Fish

Ice Fishing:

  • Townships: Spafford, Skaneateles
  • Species:Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Pickerel, Panfish
  • Comments:8,960 acres; very good for rainbow trout, lake trout and yellow perch

For more information please visit The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. 


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