About the Finger Lakes
"Waters Dried Away"
- Length: 6 miles
- Width: 1 mile
- Average Depth: 32 ft
- Max Depth: 68 ft
- Volume: 21 billion gallons
- A dam was constructed in 1869 to both raise the water level of the lake and provide a storage place for water used in the Erie Canal.
- Otisco Lake was dammed again in 1908 to raise the water level so it could be used as a water supply for Syracuse. Together, the dams raised the water a total of 13 feet.
- The southern end of the lake is cut by a causeway, which was created so wagons carrying supplies could cut across the lake rather than going all the way around it.
- Because of its shallow depth and warm temperatures, Otisco Lake is ideal for swimming, boating, and warm water fishing.
- Both NYS and Onondaga have active fish-stocking programs in Otisco Lake.
- The shore of Otisco Lake is lined with agriculture, cottages, and year-round residents.
If you are going fishing, check out the causeway. It is a favorite spot for fisherman, and also gives a fantastic view of the lake. On your way home, drive along East Lake Road to get a view of both Otisco and Skaneateles Lake!