My family booked a weekend at Skaneteles Suites in Skanteteles NY, the primary purpose of which was to swim in Lake Skaneteles, purported to be the second cleanest body of water in the US. The Hotel was very nice, but we soon learned that unless you own property, or are the guest of a property owner on the lake, you cannot swim in the lake along any of it's miles and miles of shoreline. When we asked the embarrassed hotel manager where we could swim, he confirmed that there wasn't any public access to any part of the lake except for a 10 foot wide decaying boat launching area 8-10 miles outside of Skaneateles. So much for swinning in Skaneateles Lake. You can shop til you drop in downtown Skaneateles, but don't plan to cool off with a dip in their very clean, private finger lake!
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