Skaneateles Lake

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Skaneateles Lake

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J. Ryan McMahon II

County Executive

Ann Rooney

Deputy County Executive,Human Services

County of Onondaga

Office of the County Executive

John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 14th Floor

421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, New York 13202

Phone: 315.435.3516 Fax: 315.435.8582


Brian J. Donnelly


Maty Beth Primo








To report Violations please contact the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department at 315-425-2111


WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, I, J. Ryan McMahon, II, Onondaga County Executive , by the authority vested in me by the Onondaga County Charter, the Onondaga County Administrative Code, and the laws of the State of New York, declared, pursuant to Section 24 of Article 2-B of the New York State Executive Law, that the public safety was sufficiently imperiled such that a Proclamation of Emergency was declared within the tenitorial limits of Onondaga County, which Proclamation of Emergency has been extended; and


WHEREAS, cases of COVID-19 continue to cause a significant public health concern in Onondaga County, such that there has been an increase in outdoor activity, particularly water recreation, coupled with record high waters, that have increased erosion and pose a possible danger to Skaneateles Lake as a drinking water source, and as such, this Order is necessary to safeguard public health and safety; and


NOW, 1HEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Onondaga County Chatter and Code, local home rule powers confeITed upon local governments , and New York State Executive Law §24, I hereby issue Local Emergency Order No. 24 and declare Skaneateles Lake a ''No Wake Z.One" and impose a 5 MPH speed limit in effect. Failure to comply with this Order will result in a $250 fine for any violation of the speed restriction.


This Local Emergency Order shall be limited in duration until such time as lake levels have returned to normal seasonal levels. As the law requires a Local Emergency Order not to exceed 5 days, this Order shall remain in effect for 5 days through August 29, 2021, and will be formally renewed by the issuance of successive 5-day Orders.


This order is necessary to safeguard the public health and welfare, and necessary to assist in the disaster effort.









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