Warm weather brings crowds to village of Sylvan Beach

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Crowds of people came in cars and on boats to spend Memorial Day weekend on Oneida Lake. 

“We did have people come in and say it’s nice to finally have a few nice days to come and enjoy the beach and walk around and check out the stores,” says business owner Alta Farrington. 

“With the sun came a mob of people and every business established here in Sylvan Beach was extremely busy,” adds neighbor Joseph Rizzo.

After a rainy May, business owners in the beach town were happy to open their stores and restaurants for the unofficial start of summer.

Even though the weather wasn’t perfect for swimming, the streets were still packed and the canals were lined with people fishing. “The beach weather isn’t the greatest when the weather is like this, but the fishing weather is perfect when it’s like this. You’re not too hot, not too cold. It’s good to get out on the boat and cast a line,” says Ben Barry, owner of East Shore Bait and Tackle.

The water levels on Oneida Lake are much different from the high levels on Lake Ontario. Some business owners say the water levels on Lake Ontario  have pushed people to Sylvan Beach, others say they mostly see the same loyal locals each year.

“People can’t put their boats at the dock or can’t launch because the docks are under water, so they’re coming down to fish this lake for walleye and perch,” says Barry. “The fishing has been good lately so it’s helping to push people here.”

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