Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

Skaneateles Lake is the only Finger Lake not connected to the Erie Canal System. The water quality is so pure it passes unfiltered into homes in Syracuse and other municipalities. You can drive around the entire lake in 60 minutes.

Skaneateles Lake gazebo

Village of Skaneateles

The Village is located on the northern tip of the lake. Visit during Dickens Christmas and explore the town with jovial costumed “Christmas Carol” characters. Eat at Doug’s Fish Fry, Skaneateles Bakery, the historic Sherwood Inn, Blue Water Grill or Rosalie’s Cucina. Really, Skaneateles seems to specialize in great food—you can’t go wrong!

Skaneateles Lake Dickens Fest Sherwood Inn

Every lake has boat cruise, but a Mail Boat Cruise is a unique experience! Mail has been delivered by boat on Skaneateles Lake for 120 years, except during the two world wars. Many of the summer cottages are not accessible by road (sounds lovely!) Along the western shore, stop and smell the lavender at Lockwood Lavender Farm

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Skaneateles Lake outlet

Skaneateles Lake waterfront

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There are three boat launches; Skaneateles Marina and a DEC launch on the west-bank, Fuller Park (Town of Scott) on the south-end.

Stop by Anyela’s Vineyards (the only winery on Skaneateles Lake) and Lockwood Lavender Farm (pick your own in season).

Explore Bahar Preserve and Carpenter Falls, High Vista Nature Preserve, Ripley Hill Nature Preserve, High Hickory Wildlife Sanctuary, or Hinchcliff Family Preserve.

Dickinson Conservation Area is accessible by boat only. You can still appreciate it in this beautiful drone-captured video of Staghorn Cliffs!

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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