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.Visit Beaver Lake Nature Center Activities
Jamesville Beach Park
Launch your own non-motorized boat from the nearby parking lot.Visit Jamesville Beach Park Activities
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.Visit Oneida Shores Park Activities
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) and the Syracuse University floating docks. Public access of the Syracuse Chargers floating docks is not permitted between the hours of 7am-9am, seven (7) days a week and 4pm-8pm, Monday-Friday or any other time when the dock is being utilized by Syracuse Chargers athletes/coaches/members. Please Note: At no time are park patron vehicles allowed within the Syracuse University/Syracuse Chargers Boathouse areas. Public parking in this area is offered in the concession stand parking lot at the corner of Ten Eyck Drive and Long Branch Road. 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 and is close to 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.
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.