Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles Lake

The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Website


THE TOWN OF SKANEATELES JOINS WITH SKANEATELES LAKE WATERSHED MUNICIPALITIES TO LAUNCH SKANLAKEINFO.ORG  Skaneateles, N.Y – People who live, work, and play in and around Skaneateles Lake now have a website,, for comprehensive information about Skaneateles Lake and the watershed. The Town and Village of Skaneateles have partnered with surrounding municipalities to form the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Municipal Partners. Together with the City of Syracuse we have created a comprehensive resource for information about Skaneateles Lake and the watershed. has sections on watershed rules & regulations; boating; agriculture; soil & erosion control; septic systems; wells; landscaping; timber harvesting; frequently asked questions; road salt use; and city watershed programs. It presents regularly updated data on lake elevation, temperatures and dam discharges and has maps of the watershed and protected parcels. The site also provides information on Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) and invasive species, both critical environmental issues facing our lake.

The municipalities in the watershed created in response to frequent requests from constituents, businesses, and visitors for information about the lake. The goal is to bring together, in a single source, the wide range of information frequently sought by people who live, work, & play in the watershed and further educate and promote a healthy future for our lake. ! This has been a collaborative effort and the Town of Skaneateles is thankful to the City of Syracuse and all the Municipalities in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed for working together to produce this informational website. As we continue to work together as partners, we look forward to more enhancements in the future. ! Participating municipalities are the towns of Niles, Scott, Sempronius, Spafford, the Village and Town of Skaneateles, and the City of Syracuse. The City funded the creation of the website through the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Education Program and its work with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Onondaga County. 

CCE of Onondaga County will update and maintain the site in coordination with the participating municipalities; Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga counties; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; SLWAP; Central New York Land Trust; Finger Lakes Land Trust; and the Skaneateles Lake Association. 

Janet Aaron, Supervisor 
Jim Greenfield, Deputy Supervisor 
Mark Tucker, 
Councilor Kevin McCormack, 
Councilor Courtney Alexander,
Councilor Chris Legg, Councilor



Report It
If you think that a bloom may be harmful and is present on Skaneateles Lake, the Onondaga County Health Department asks that you report it to the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Inspection Program at (315) 685-6486. If the bloom is present on another water body in Onondaga County, please report it to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) at

Skaneateles Lake & Watershed 2019 Annual Report

Upstate Freshwater Institute 2019 Water Quality Report - Shotwell Brook

Upstate Freshwater Institute 2019 Water Quality Report - Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles Lake and Watershed 2018 Annual Report

Harmful Blue-Green Algae Blooms:   Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water Into Your Home 

Its your lake. Its health depends on You.

Blue Green Algae Information - Onondaga County Health Department

Skaneateles Lake Harmful Algal Bloom 2017

For Addition Information Please Visit these Sites:

City of Syracuse

Skaneateles Lake Association

Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District

Onondaga County Cooperative Extension

Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan - Skaneateles Lake

FEMA - Floodplain Management - Flood Insurance