Painting of Skaneateles Lake by famed local artist, John D. Barrow


‘The most beautiful body of water in the world” – William Henry Seward (1801 – 1872), 12th governor of NY, U.S. Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln



Skaneateles Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, is located in Central New York State. Not only is the lake a major source of drinking water for the City of Syracuse, Skaneateles Village and Town, as well as other nearby municipalities in Onondaga County, it also provides recreation and a unique aesthetic to the area.


Skaneateles Lake being an important and beautiful natural resource to many residents of Onondaga County, the protection of its watershed is a priority. A watershed is, simply, an area of land surrounding a body of water through which water travels to get to that body of water. This means that land activity can affect water quality in the lake, even from miles away!


Operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, with support from the City of Syracuse Water Department, this website is aimed at providing information and resources for the general public. Please explore our website to learn more, and contact us with any questions, suggestions, or comments.


It’s your watershed. You can protect it!



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