Otisco Lake Causeway

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

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 shoreline
Otisco Lake Park bench
Otisco Lake parking

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.

There are not many food options, but you’ll find Giuseppe’s Piazzeria right next to the park. Lakeside Vista is on the western shore.

Otisco Lake Causeway looking north
Otisco Lake Causeway state fishing access
Otisco Lake causeway parking
Otisco Lake Causeway cut through
Otisco Lake Causeway cutting through

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.

Otisco Lake Causeway looking south

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.”

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