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Oneida Lake Monday, June 28th, 2010
Oneida Lake - Cleveland Lighthouse

Oneida Lake - Cleveland Lighthouse

Bodies of Water:
Oneida Lake

Key Species:
Walleye, northern pike, black bass, tiger muskie, channel catfish, white bass, sheepshead, yellow perch, sunfish, bullhead

Description:
“Spilling into four counties, this 51,091 -acre lake is the largest body of water totally contained in the state’s border.  It averages 22 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 55 feet.” – Fishing Western New York

Links:
Oneida Lake Association
DEC – Oneida Lake

[Rybaak 157A] – Brewerton Public Access (Bartell Road)
GPS: N43 13.987 W76 07.864 (Parking Lot-South)
*This is a pretty nice size lot that will park around 50 cars.
GPS: N43 14.480 W76 07.831 (Parking Lot-North)
* Parking for about 20 vehicles.

Brewerton Public Access - Bartell Road

Brewerton Public Access - Bartell Road

Brewerton Public Access - Bartell Road

Brewerton Public Access - Bartell Road

Oneida Lake - North Public Access

Oneida Lake - North Public Access

Oneida Lake - North Access Trail

Oneida Lake - North Access Trail

Oneida Lake - North Access

Oneida Lake - North Access

[Rybaak 157B] – Oneida Shores County Park
GPS: N43 13.633 W76 06.663 (Parking)
*County park fees apply.

[Rybaak 157C] – South Shore Boat Launch
[Rybaak 157D] – Verona Beach State Park
GPS: N43 09.993 W75 43.545 (Parking)
*This is a really nice park with a lot of fishing and hiking opportunities.  State Park fees apply.  Ample parking and facilities reside within the park, including camping opportunities.

[Rybaak 157E] – Sylvan Beach Public Access
GPS: N 43 11.703 W 75 43.786 (Canal Parking)
*This is a unique spot for fishing because it offers the added benefit of the amusement park and the beach for those not as interested in throwing a few lines.  There is usually parking on Canal Street behind Yesterday’s Royal.  This is a popular walleye fishing site in the fall.

[Rybaak 157F] – Godfrey Point Public Access
GPS: N43 13.471 W75 51.019 (Parking)
*Two paved boat launches and rig parking for about 35 vehicles.

Godfrey Point - April 2012

Godfrey Point - April 2012

[HBF 157A] – Cleveland Docks (Apps Boathouse)
GPS: N43 13.899 W75 52.885 (Parking Area)
*Boat launch and parking for around 15 cars.  This has been a hot spot for bullhead fishing at night.

Oneida Lake - Apps Boathouse

Oneida Lake - Apps Boathouse

[Rybaak 157G] – Phillips Point Public Access (Toadharbor)
[HBF 157B] – Oneida Fish Cultural Station
GPS: N43 14.889 W75 59.895 (Parking Area)
*Very limited parking — 5 to 7 cars.  The hatchery is just off of Oneida Lake and marks the beginning of Scriba Creek.

Oneida Fish Cultural Station (from Oneida Lake)

Oneida Fish Cultural Station (from Oneida Lake)

Oneida Fish Cultural Station (facing Oneida Lake)

Oneida Fish Cultural Station (facing Oneida Lake)

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Nichols Pond Park Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Nichols Pond - Wetland Outlook

Nichols Pond - Wetland Outlook

Nichols Pond County Park
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Trail: Indian Springs
Distance: 274′ (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 00.303 W75 44.476 (Crain Pits)

Trail: Wetland Outlook
Distance: 400′ (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 00.237 W75 44.612 (Trailhead)

Trail: Deep Woods
Distance: 1.2 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 00.240 W75 44.565 (Trailhead)

Nichols Pond Parking Lot
GPS: N43 00.187 W75 44.509

Visited:
12/04/2009 (Chinook) – Our initial visit to Nichols Pond Park.  What made this park unique was its mix of history and heritage that is scattered throughout.  The Wetland Overlook and Indian Springs areas are very short but offer glimpses of what was the 1615 battle between the Huron and Oneida Indian tribes battled.  This excavated area has several historical markers throughout the park.  Indian Springs has a fairly steep wooden staircase that descends to the overlook.  The Deep Woods trail is the only significant trail at 1.2 miles round trip.  The trail is easy to walk and offers markers on the trees, but at the end of the trail, the loop back can be confusing.  What a great place to bring the family for a picnic and those more serious hikers can stop by Oxbow Falls which is only a couple of minutes away.  Close by is the Fenner Wind Power Project which seems fitting as these turbines are seen from the park in the distance.

Crain Pits

Crain Pits

Indian Springs - Trailhead

Indian Springs - Trailhead

Indian Springs - Staircase

Indian Springs - Staircase

Indian Springs - Overlook

Indian Springs - Overlook

Wetland Overlook

Wetland Overlook

Deep Woods Trail View

Deep Woods Trail View


Deep Woods Trail View

Deep Woods Trail View

Nichols Pond - Deep Woods Trail

Nichols Pond - Deep Woods Trail

Deep Woods Trail View

Deep Woods Trail View

Chittenango Creekwalk Saturday, November 14th, 2009
Chittenango Creek - Creekwalk Outlook

Chittenango Creek - Creekwalk Outlook

Chittenango Creekwalk
Fee: Free /Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 02.663 W75 52.060 (Parking Area & Trailhead)

Attachments:
Village of Chittenango Creek Walk and Neighborhood Trail System

Trails: Creekwalk Phase 1 – Sullivan Park Green Trail
Distance: 2.6 miles / Difficulty: Easy

A recent partnership was created between the Village of Chittenango, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, The Town of Sullivan and several other volutneers and groups to bring a series of interconnecting community trails to the Village of Chittenango.  The project has been named “Creekwalk”.

In October of 2009, phase 1 of a proposed three phase plan was completed.  This first section of trail connects the parking area on Route 5 to Russell Street.  It’s a short .38 mile handicap accessible trail that travels along Chittenango Creek.

11/14/2009 (Advgirl, Chinook) – This was our first visit.  We parked at the trailhead for the newly completed first phase.  There were some “Vision Plan” brochures and an information board indicating information about the project.  The initial part of the trail is handicap accessible and runs about .38 miles to Russell Street.  We then walked about a block on sidewalks to the entrance of Sullivan Park.  There were red and green trail markers in the park and we opted for the green trail which was around a mile long.  Again, the trail was crushed stone and well maintained.  It brought us out in a residential area and another 1.2 mile walk along Route 5 (sidewalks the entire way) and back to the parking area.

Creekwalk Trail - Phase 1 Section

Creekwalk Trail - Phase 1 Section

Sullivan Park - Green Trail

Sullivan Park - Green Trail