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Explore Caz Lake: A Guide for Adventurers

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Caz Lake offers convenient access for boating enthusiasts. Whether you prefer the tranquility of paddle-boarding, the thrill of fishing, or the exhilaration of cruising on a powerboat, there's something for everyone.

 

Boat Launches

The Department of Ecological Conservation has a great site detailing all of Madison County's boat launch sites, but we're highlighting Caz Lake access points below.

Cazenovia, NY public boat launch
Boat Launch at Lakeside Park

The Public Boat Launch nestled on the southern shore at Lakeside park, open April - Labor Day from 6:30am - 8pm. Permits are required by all, non-residents may purchase a day or season pass. Village of Cazenovia and Town of Cazenovia residents may use the launch at no charge but are still required to complete an annual permit form. Permits can be acquired at the Cazenovia Village Office at 90 Albany St.

 

If your ride is a little smaller, there are a couple locations to consider launching a kayak, paddle board, or canoe.

Easy kayak access from Lakeland Park
Lakeland Park

Steps down to the water make for a smooth start from Lakeland Park featuring a public beach, swimming area, parking, EV charging, stage, and bathroom amenities.



 

Dock for small boats at Helen McNitt State Park
Helen McNitt State Park

The dock at Helen McNitt State Park can be used by fishers or small boaters, offering convenient access from East Lake Road.

 

Willow Bank Yacht Club

The lawn at Willow Bank Yacht Club

Willow Bank Yacht Club has been a fixture on the Cazenovia Lake shoreline since 1949. Originally formed as a sailing club, over the years it has become a summer home to many Cazenovia and surrounding area families. Willow Bank provides its members with outstanding lake frontage and views, docks, private boat launch, picnic area, beach, swimming area, swimming lessons, sailing lessons, children’s programming, Galley take-out restaurant and a lively social program.

 

Sailing

Willow Bank Yacht Club sailing race

Willow Bank has an active and multifaceted racing program that offers good competition, many learning opportunities and great camaraderie for experienced sailors as well as juniors. All members are encouraged to join the fun.

 

Fuel

Willow Bank provides the only on-water access to marine fuel on Cazenovia Lake. The fuel pump is open to the public during the season every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The gas dock is open to personal watercrafts. The Club supplies Valvtect ethanol free marine gasoline which provides superior protection against water infiltration, improves fuel economy, and lessens airborne emissions as a cleaner burning fuel.

 

Brewster Inn

Patio seating at the Brewster Inn

For the most luxurious boat access, apply for a boat slip at the Brewster Inn on Cazenovia Lake and enjoy scenic dock access conveniently located at a 4 star restaurant.


New this 2023 season, store your kayak, canoe or paddle board at their lakeside racks from May to October for $150 per slip. They also offer great winter storage options for those of you who need a place to store your vessel over the winter.


Spots are limited, call 315.655.9232 to reserve yours now.

Boat slip dock spots at the Brewster Inn
 

Morse Kayak Rentals

Kayaker with dog in boat

For kayaks and stand up paddle-boards contact Morse Kayak Rentals right in Cazenovia. Reservations can be made by calling or texting (315) 415-9069.



 

Ecological Integrity

Zebra muscles attached to boat part
Zebra Muscles

Responsible boating etiquette is paramount to preserving the health of Caz Lake's ecosystem. As boaters, it is our duty to prevent the introduction of invasive species, such as zebra mussels or frog-bit, from other bodies of water. To safeguard the lake's pristine condition it is crucial to thoroughly clean your boat before entering Caz Lake. Removing any potential hitchhikers and debris will help prevent the spread of harmful organisms and maintain the delicate balance of our ecosystem. By practicing proper boat cleaning etiquette, we contribute to the preservation of Caz Lake for future generations to enjoy. If this cause speaks to you, consider the Caz Lake Association.

 

Fishing

Largemouth bass and chain pickerel are the main gamefish in the lake. Largemouth bass in the 15-inch range are plentiful with some 20-inch fish caught each year. Legal length chain pickerel are also common. There is a sunken island (or hump) about halfway up on the east side that’s a good location for bass. The north end of Cazenovia Lake is a very popular ice fishing location for black crappie and bluegill. Bluegill and crappie can be caught during day, but anglers specifically targeting crappie often fish after dark. Rock bass are often overlooked by anglers but are plentiful and grow large in the lake. Walleye, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, white sucker, and brown bullhead can also be found in Caz Lake.

 

Chittenango Creek

Chittenango Creek is one of the more popular trout fishing streams in Central New York. There are 4.8 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR) along this medium sized, partially open and swift flowing stream. Besides being a prime trout stream, it is also a very scenic waterway with a large 167 foot waterfall located in Chittenango Falls State Park. No fishing allowed on a small section of stream directly above the falls for safety reasons (park regulation). Downstream of the falls fishing is permitted in the Park, so you can catch trout and view this spectacular falls at the same time. Fish Species Brown trout, brook trout, white sucker, walleye, and smallmouth bass.The main gamefish found in the upper section of stream are stocked and wild brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout. As you get closer to Oneida Lake, the lower section begins to have some warm water species like walleye, smallmouth bass and panfish. Much of the stream is open to fishing year-round, so anglers have the option of fishing during the winter and early spring. When fishing during cold water periods, concentrate on the deeper holes, fish slowly, and keep baits near bottom. Sometimes fishing during the mid-day period when things have had a chance to warm up also helps.

 

Caz Lake Ambience

For a unique and immersive experience, keep an eye out for live music events happening on the lake's shores and experience an unforgettable lake-melody ambience from the comfort of your boat. Mark your calendars for the Fourth of July, when Caz Lake offers an unparalleled viewpoint for the grand fireworks spectacle. Position your boat to witness the stunning display courtesy of the Caz Lyons Club as it illuminates the night sky, casting colorful reflections upon the water. Celebrate the special occasion with family and friends, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

 

We encourages all boaters, whether residents or visitors, to experience the enchantment of Caz Lake responsibly. Respect the designated boat launches, drive responsibly, and be mindful of the lake's ecological balance. Together, we can ensure the longevity of this treasured community resource!

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