Onondaga County Parks

Willow Bay

Willow Bay ShelterThe Willow Bay area is the most popular picnic space in Onondaga Lake Park. It has spectacular views of the city, several shaded nooks, a small playground and much more…. From this area you can catch the Wegmans Tram or start your walk, run, bike ride or other activity by accessing the East Shore Recreation Trail, the Shoreline Walking Trail or following the trail to the west shore. Several walks/ runs and other events are hosted annually in this area.

Willow Bay was not named for the massive willow trees in the area. It was named for the willow bush that made Liverpool nationally known for its basketry. The willow industry began in 1852, when John Fischer, a German salt boiler, noticed some of the willow growing that closely resembled the German domestic willow that was used for basketry. The industry became known for its production of laundry baskets and regular hand baskets that were used for markets. Later, willow furniture was produced. While their products became nationally known during the peak of the industry between 1892-1920, baskets were still being made up until 1971. For more information about the willow industry, contact the Village of Liverpool Historian's Office.

  • From I-90 (NYS Thruway): Exit 39, take 690 East to Exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.), right turn at first traffic light, proceed 1 mile on Long Branch Rd. to Long Branch Park entrance on the left, West Shore Trail entrance is on the right and Willow Bay area entrance is just over the bridge on the right.
  • From I-81: Take 690 West to Exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.), right turn at first traffic light, proceed 1 mile on Long Branch Rd. to Long Branch Park entrance on the left, West Shore Trail entrance is on the right and Willow Bay area entrance is just over the bridge on the right.
  • From 690: Exit 4 (John Glenn Blvd.), right turn at first traffic light, proceed 1 mile on Long Branch Rd. to Long Branch Park entrance on the left, West Shore Trail entrance is on the right and Willow Bay area entrance is just over the bridge on the right.
  • From Liverpool: Route 370W, left onto Long Branch Rd, Willow Bay entrance is on left, West Shore Trail entrance is just over the bridge on the left and Long Branch Park is on the right.
  • From Baldwinsville: Route 370E, right onto Long Branch Rd, Willow Bay entrance is on left, West Shore Trail entrance is just over the bridge on the left and Long Branch Park is on the right.

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