Otisco Lake is the easternmost lake and is seventh in size among the Finger Lakes. Enjoy a drive around the entire lake in 30 minutes.
Driving east along US-20 from Skaneateles, the road takes you along more of an advanced-roller-coaster ride than the eastern portion. From here east to Cazenovia and beyond, the drive is an adventure, but the views are spectacular!
Otisco Lake Park
With a 5-car parking lot and no swimming, Otisco Lake Park on the north-east side is the perfect spot for relaxing in a serene environment. The shore is lined with benches, with a fire pit on the southern tip.
Otisco Lake Causeway
The causeway is an abandoned roadway that once spanned the lake. There is a gap in the causeway where a bridge once connected the shores. The gap serves as the boating and water-flow channel between the north and south ends making for excellent fishing.
Head over to the west side on West Valley Road to the NYS DEC Fishing Access. You’ll find a car-top boat launch here, and parking for about 20 cars.
You can fish from the causeway, or just bring a chair and a book for a quiet, gorgeous view of Otisco Lake.
Other places to visit
Spafford County Forest looms large above the south-western end of Otisco Lake, and is a pristine forest without formal trails. Church Hill Road will take you up to the forest, or take Moon Hill Road, passing Bucktail Falls along the way, less than 50 ft. from the road.
According to NYFalls, “Bucktail Falls is on private property, but is not POSTED. The owner is okay with visitors respectfully walking to see and photograph the falls.”
More Information about Otisco Lake
90 minutes from Rochester – MAP
Water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for kayaks and small motorized watercraft.
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