Onondaga County Parks

Fish - Boat - Camp - Hunt

Fishing

New York State is one of the top three fishing destinations in America, thanks in part to the 100 miles of streams, rivers, and Finger Lakes in and surrounding Onondaga County. Over 70,000 trout, many over 15” long, are stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery in productive streams highlighted by Nine Mile Creek (Marcellus), Butternut Creek (Jamesville), and Limestone Creek (Manlius). Onondaga Lake Park’s outlet is the best area spot for shoreline casting for panfish, bass, and carp. Otisco Lake is home to ferocious tiger muskie and large walleye pike, with Oneida Lake’s walleye and smallmouth bass fishery of national caliber.

Fishing Resources:

Fishing with young children...

Looking to take the kids or grandkids out fishing, the staff at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery suggests the following locations:

  • Webster's Pond, located in Valley Section of Syracuse, call 469-8027.
  • Spring Pond Fisheries, located in Fayetteville, call 637-6311.
  • In addition, Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery has several family oriented fishing programs on select dates. Click here for more information.

Boating

The Onondaga Lake Park Marina, opened Spring 2010.

Explore the new inner harbor and all the beauty of Onondaga Lake or take off on New York's largest inland body of water, Oneida Lake.

Onondaga Lake Park has a total of 96 slips with various utility services to meet the needs of any cruiser, sailboat or jet ski. A limited number of transient slips are also available for short stays. The marina also offers boat lovers the only paved launch on Onondaga Lake, and operates daily throughout the season.

Oneida Shores boat launch offers your most accessible route to New York State's largest inland lake. Less than a mile off I81 in Brewerton, the paved launch provides multiple entry ramps for boats of all sizes, ample nearby parking, picnic facilities, rest room and ranger patrols.

Season Boat Launch Passes, good at both Onondaga Lake Park and Oneida Shores Park, are available. Click here to download an application.

Click here for information on boating rules and regulations and a current schedule of boater safety classes on the New York State Parks Boating Education page.

Onondaga Lake Park
Boat Launch & Marina Information
Boat Launch - Daily
$10
Boat Launch - Season Pass $100 (also valid at Oneida Shores Park)
Boat Launch - Seniors 62+ $4.00 Monday-Thursday only
Marina - electric & water $40/foot
Marina - B&C Walls (no power & water) $35/foot
Marina - Overnight or Day Use $25/night + $8 for utilities
Marina - Pump Out $5 per occurrence
Oneida Shores
Boat Launch Information
Boat Launch - Daily
$10
Boat Launch - Seniors 62+
$4.00  Monday-Thursday only
Boat Launch - Season Pass $100 (also valid at Onondaga Lake Park)
Boat Launch - Mid-Oct to April
$5.00 / launch donation in honor box
Boat Launch Overnight Parking
$10 in addition to launch fees. Free if camping overnight.

Camping

Create an overnight adventure at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. Enjoy your choice of over 50 shaded lake view campsites - spaces for tents and self-contained RV's and sites with electric and water, all with individual parking areas, picnic tables, grills and hot showers, plus free beach and boat launch access during beach hours, are all available for your convenience.

 

Hunting

Limited Bow/Deer Hunting is permitted in the Fall while Turkey Hunting is allowed in the Spring at Highland Forest. Permits for Highland Forest bow season (fall) and turkey hunting (spring) can be obtained by contacting the park at 683-5550. Duck hunting is productive along the West Shore of Onondaga Lake, though shooting is not allowed on, at or through park lands. DEC managed hunting areas include Cicero Swamp, Cross Lake Islands, Hamlin Marsh, and Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area. Please note: Cross bows will not be permitted at Highland.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.