Skaneateles Lake, Skaneateles

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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. Before you head to Skaneateles, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Skaneateles journey planner , to make sure you see all that Skaneateles has to offer, including Skaneateles Lake.
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  • We spent a grey summer day exploring this historic town. Immaculately maintained Renaissance Revival homes line the streets off the main avenue, wonderful gardens, nice farmers market, enough shops, s...  more »
  • We love visiting this lake and the picturesque town that shares the same name. It is pretty, small-town, and has lots of quaint shops and such located along the main street. The town serves as the hos...  more »
  • Skaneateles Lake (aren't you glad you aren't a first grader who lives there and has to spell the name) is a beautiful, sometime very choppy lake in the Finger Lakes chain. At the north end of the lake...  more »
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  • Placed among Finger Lakes is this Upstate gem. Well it's cold Crystal Blue Waters definitely a place to visit especially if you're coming to Central New York you'll love the restaurants as well as the sites there are boat rides to be rented and definitely many a bar to have a drink.
  • One of the most beautiful places on the planet - vist Doug's Fish Fry
  • I live here practically my whole life, and there isn't one thing I dislike about Skaneateles lake. The fishing's fantastic, the water's crystal clear, and it's it's a great place to swim or have a get-together. 10/10 would recommend!
  • It's so nice
  • One of the nicest places to visit in upstate New York
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