The Heart of the North Shore of Oneida Lake
Incorporated in 1857, Population 758, Oswego County
2000 Census Statistics | From the X-Mayor's Desk
Cleveland is a quiet lakeside community, located on the central Northshore of Oneida Lake, the largest inland lake in New York State. When incorporated as a village in 1857, Cleveland had three glass factories, a thermometer works, a tannery, a shoe factory and several bustling hotels. The glass factories manufactured some of the best window glass in the world, shipping throughout the Northeast via the Erie Canal which runs through Oneida Lake. Although much of its 19th century industry is gone, Cleveland continues to be a safe and old fashioned community with the modern convenience of municipal water, sewers, an outstanding Volunteer Fire Department and the Northshore Ambulance Core. We have an elementary school located within the village as well as the American Legion Post, a Supermarket, Motel, Taverns, Restaurants, Bait and Tackle Shop Vacation Cottages and the Cleveland Post Office.
Where the train once passed through, now villagers use the retired railroad bed for horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The rail bed recreational trail covers almost all 29 miles of the Northshore of Oneida Lake and connects to trails which stretch out for miles in every direction.
Black creek, with a native population of Brook and Brown Trout, meanders through the village and joins Oneida Lake at the Cleveland Canal Terminal, the home of App's Landing, marina and bait shop (pictured at right circa 1940). There, you can rent a boat in summer or an ice auger and fishing shanty in winter. Lodging and boat dockage is available by the day, week or month.
Oneida Lake is widely noted for its Walleyed Pike, Perch and Bass fisheries. Just down the road in Constantia the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation fish hatchery releases thousands of Walleye each year as well as a large release of lake Sturgeon in 1995. As part of the Barge Canal System, Oneida Lake can be reached by boat from Buffalo, New York City, Syracuse, Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway!
Copyright Roy Reehil, 2005