Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Beaver Lake Nature Center

Enjoy a leisurely paddle on your own across Beaver Lake. Explore the lake’s edge and search for beaver lodges, turtles, herons, and osprey. Rental is on a first-come basis. Since Beaver Lake Nature Center reserves the right to close the lake at any time, especially during hazardous weather, please call for current information. Click here for current program dates.

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Jamesville Beach Park

Launch your own non-motorized boat from the nearby parking lot.

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Oneida Shores Park

The shoreline at Oneida Shores Park is practically wide open for car top launching of Canoes or Kayaks for a relaxing paddle through Muskrat Bay and throughout Oneida Lake.  The campground shoreline and swimming area are the only designated off limits areas.  Standard park admission fees apply during beach season.

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Onondaga Lake Park

Park patrons are permitted to launch their personal recreation watercraft anywhere along the shore of Onondaga Lake within Onondaga Lake Park, EXCEPT at the Marina (unless paying the $10 daily launch fee), the Syracuse University floating docks and the Syracuse Chargers floating docks.

A new kayak launch site is available just north of the Syracuse Chargers boathouse, on the Onondaga Lake outlet, and features an ADA compliant accessible launch suitable for kayaks and an improved gravel site that gently slopes into the water suitable for canoes and kayaks.  Public parking is located just steps away from these new launch options.  You may access this area of the park by entering Cold Springs Trail at the Wegmans Good Dog Park, 59 Cold Springs Trail.  The launch site is ½-mile south of the Dog Park.  Click here for a map.

Another popular launching spot is under the Long Branch Bridge on the west side of the Onondaga Lake outlet.  This area is at the beginning of the West Shore Trail has nearby parking, and offers an improved gravel site, gently sloping into the water.  The parking lot is located at 395 Long Branch Road, Syracuse. Click here for directions.  

Willow Bay Rentals
Click here for information about kayak/rowboat/stand up paddleboard rentals available in the Willow Bay section of the park.

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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.