Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park

Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park

The 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 tram, when available 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.

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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.

Willow Bay Rentals

Single Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, Aluminum Row Boats (holds up to 4)

June 1 - Labor Day
Monday -Saturday 11:00am-5:30pm; Sunday 12:00-5:30pm

First hour

$15

Additional hour

$10

Tandem Kayaks (first hour)

$30

Half Day

$35

Full Day

$50

Senior Discount (62 years & up)

$5 off above
pricing

camillus kayak shop kayak paddleboard rentals


No rentals after 5:30pm. All paddlers must be off the water by 6:30pm. Hours are weather permitting and subject to change. For more information, call (315) 247-5813, 672-8439 or click here to visit the Camillus Kayak Shop website.

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.

Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park

  • Dogs Allowed

    Dogs Allowed

    In accordance with New York State law all dogs must be restrained by a leash or chain not more than six feet in length, every dog owner must have a dog license tag attached to their dog’s collar and it shall be the duty of each dog owner or person having possession, custody or control of a dog to remove any feces left by his or her dog on any public park property.

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

    The general picnic area is used on a first come, first serve basis.  Reserving tables is strongly discouraged and like all areas of the park, the public is expected to remove and dispose of all trash properly in our conjunction with Carry in-Carry out policy. For larger groups, reserved shelters are available. Click here for more information. No glass is allowed and alcohol is limited to one six pack per legal adult. No beer kegs.

  • Rentals: Boats

    Rentals: Boats

    Rent Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards & Rowboats
    June 1 through Labor Day
    Monday-Saturday, 11am - 6:30pm • Sunday, 12noon - 6:30pm
    Willow Bay - New Location
    Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times.
    Click here for more information

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.

Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Park

Physical Location:
3858 Long Branch Road
Liverpool, NY

T: (315) 453-6712
F: (315) 453-6764
olp@ongov.net

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.