Crossing Oneida Lake
03 September 2008 | Sylvan Beach
Partly cloudy high 80s
Partly cloudy but calm out this morning. We didn't leave until 9 am but the lake was pretty calm all the way across. There was mostly fisherman out today, and mostly in the channel where we had to stay. We got across the lake in 3 hours (hey that was pretty good - 5-6 knots is our cruising speed remember). After getting in we tied up to the wall and I was amazed at the place.
As you approach Sylvan Beach, it looks like a carnival is set up on the port side of the boat. There's a long stretch of beach, boardwalk and an amusement park. It's a quaint little coastal town with a feeling of "the past" about it. Where we tied up there were cottages just down from the small, deserted amusement park. I was shocked to find you could actually walk through the park while there was nobody there. We wandered through it - it had a fun house with huge scary clown faces painted above it looking down at you, a target shooting gallery, arcade, roller coaster, tilt o wheel, tea cups, gravity drop, carousel, Ferris wheel, etc... like the old Edgewater, or Coney Island. As you walked through it- it was eerie seeing all the lemonade stands, cotton candy and ice cream stands just sitting there empty. It left me feeling sad to see it standing so empty. I can imagine this place in the summer when it's open and the beach is hopping! Everything is filled to capacity.
They have a couple of very nice restaurants right in front of the amusement park on the canal and we at at the Canal View Café (they have a wonderful view of the lake for sunsets - glorious). It's a wonderful old restaurant with memorabilia going back to the 1800s of life here along the lake and canal. Full menu with lots of nostolgia and atmosphere - the bygone days of Sylvan Beach. We both got the clam dinner with potatoes, salad and rolls - very reasonable price $9.99 but the beer was $3.50 and ice tea $2.00 - yikes - if you come here great food but check out the drink prices before ordering.