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Skaneateles Lake, Skaneateles
(4.8/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Sitting at the highest altitude among the Finger Lakes of New York, Skaneateles Lake has earned the title of "roof garden." It's pure enough to drink from. Twice a year, a team of people inspects the water at 2,600 different spots and works to maintain the lake's impeccable quality. With a length of 26 km (16 mi) and depth of 96 m (315 ft), the lake permits a multitude of fishing and boating activities. You can find several boat launch spots throughout the area, and local operators offer lake cruises and excursions as well. Or, you can use local kayak and canoe rental agencies. You can expect encounter salmon, bass, trout, pickerel, yellow perch, and brown bullhead, among more than a dozen types of fish. Take a look at our Skaneateles vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Skaneateles Lake and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We've visited all of them and they each have their good points. Skaneateles has it all. Amazingly clear water, and a charming town with lots of great places to eat and to stay. The historic Sherwood I...  more »
  • This lake is awesome.......very beautiful. Some of the homes on this lake are gigantic and I can only imagine what one does in order to afford such places to live.......very nice to look at though. 
  • The lake has been well maintained and has several wonderful places to sit and take in the view. Great place to take a picnic lunch. There are places where swimming is allowed and a nice pier to take a...  more »