Skaneateles Lake Area
The farthest east of the Finger Lakes, deep blue Skaneateles Lake (Scan-ee-AT-i-less) is also the highest (867 feet above sea level) and most beautiful. Fifteen miles long and 1–2 miles wide, the lake is surrounded by gentle rolling hills to the south and more majestic, near-mountainous ones to the north. Iroquois for “long lake,” Skaneateles is spring fed, crystal clean, and clear. In the summer, its waters are specked with sailboats; in the winter, ice fishers build igloos.
The only real village on the lake is Skaneateles. Elsewhere along the shoreline preside handsome summer homes placed judicious distances apart.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition