Oneida Lake

Quick Facts: Oneida Lake
Countries: USA
Surface Area: 80 sq mi (208 sq km)
Max length: 21 mi (33 km)
Max. width: 5 mi (8.7 km)
Avg. Depth: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Surface elevation: 369 feet (112 m)
Primary inflows: Oneida Creek
Primary outflows: Oneida River

Lake Oneida is located in central New York, about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Syracuse. It is the largest lake entirely within New York State. The lake, which lies in an east-west direction, is 20 miles (32 km) long, 1 to 5 miles (1.6-8 km) wide, and has an area of 80 square miles (208 sq km).

Lake Oneida was named after the Oneida Indians (a member tribe of the Iroquois League), who once lived along its shores. It is a popular summer resort, featuring swimming, fishing, and boating. The lake also serves as a link in the New York State Canal System, both for east-west traffic to Buffalo on Lake Erie and for south-north traffic via the Oswego Canal to Oswego on Lake Ontario.

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