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Skaneateles Lake
Skaneateles Lake is one of the Finger Lakes in central New York. The name Skaneateles (pronunciation: "skanny-atlas," preferred, or "skinny-atlas" common) means long lake in one of the local Iroquois languages. The lake is sometimes referred to as "The Roof Garden of the Lakes" because its altitude.The cleanest of the Finger Lakes, its water is so pure that the city of Syracuse and other municipalities use it unfiltered. William Henry Seward called it "The most beautiful body of water in the world."

The shores of Skaneateles Lake are in three counties: Onondaga, Cayuga, and Cortland. The village of Skaneateles (population about 2500) is at the northern end of the lake. Summer cottages appeared in 1881, increasing to more than 2000 residences around the lake in 2002. Generally new homes now are built for year-round occupancy rather than summer use and many summer cottages are replaced. The transient and seasonal population of this tourist destination and summer resort surges during the warmer months. Skaneateles is noted for its performing arts and amenities.

The lake has long been popular for recreational sailing. Regattas with yachts from other lakes as well as Skaneateles began in 1847. The Skaneateles Country Club now has a boating center. The Lightning, a racing dinghy, was designed and produced in Skaneateles, as was the Comet. There are few marinas or other commercial facilities on the lake shore. Cruises are available from the village. A mailboat serving cottages along the lake also carries passengers.

Landmarks and scenic features appear around the lake. Many historic buildings enhance the village of Skaneateles. Carpenter's Falls are in a nature preserve accessible to the public near New Hope on the west side of the lake, where the New Hope Mill likewise may be visited. The hamlet of Borodino in Spafford retains an 1830 church, little altered, in the Federal style and noted as a center of the abolitionist movement where Frederick Douglas spoke.

Points of Interest

Skaneateles Sailing Club
Boat Cruises


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