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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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  • Beautiful, big and clean lake! The water is even a pretty blue color. Great day boating & swimming with friends. 
    Beautiful, big and clean lake! The water is even a pretty blue color. Great day boating & swimming with friends.  more »
  • We had a very enjoyable time. The were many shops and restaurants. There were also hiking trails and other places to explore. 
    We had a very enjoyable time. The were many shops and restaurants. There were also hiking trails and other places to explore.  more »
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  • Skeneatles is a beautiful place . The lake view is mesmerizing. The road gives you vintage vibes
  • Okay... so if we are talking water clarity - this is central clear. How have I lived in the Finger Lakes region and never knew this was here...?! This lake is literally breathtaking. From the boat launch, to downtown Skaneateles, to all of the beautiful houses along the lake, this is gorgeous! I dropped in at the boat launch with a friend, and we kayaked all the way up to downtown Skaneateles, hopped out, and had lunch downtown. The entire day was fantastic and this is a place I will always return to because it’s so relaxing. On the north side of the lake - there are some sand bars so you can hop out and go swimming if you’re on a boat. Or, in our case, we pulled our kayaks to the edge and hopped out and went swimming. Couldn’t have been more perfect! The water is so clear, you can see fish swimming and they’ll even swim up to your kayak. The whole experience was so fun.

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