Silver Lake

Formed by glaciers and rimmed by glacial drumlins, Silver Lake is nestled amid rural farms and historic communities.

In the 1800s thousands of people came by train to the east side depot to attend lectures at the Chautauqua-like Institute grounds, swim, skate, dance, stay at Walker Hotel, study art and ride the excursion boats. Early lake-dependent businesses included icehouses and gristmills. Today, boating and fishing draw many visitors to this idyllic lake year-round.

Ice Fishing

Just a half-mile wide, and three miles long with a maximum depth of 37 feet, Silver Lake is the first New York lake to freeze in winter.

Known for its panfish, the lake has more anglers on hardwater than in summer. It hosts several contests year-round. The largest is the North American Ice Fishing Championship Tournament series in which contestants placing in the top 15 spots are eligible to earn points toward the national championship title.

Purse payouts are dependent upon numbers of two-person team entries. On Silver Lake, the NAIFC anglers who reel in the heaviest total of 8 perch and 8 bluegill win the series trophy, purse and more importantly, the bragging rights. That's what the 2008 winners Zbigniew “Zibi” Wojcik and Jacek Gawlinski of Illinois said about it. They caught 8 of each species for a total weight of 7.07 pounds. It's all about the bragging rights....

Annual Events

  • Lake of Fire – 9:30pm on July 3rd--annually; when shoreliners light flares, culminates at 10pm with a fireworks display hosted from the pier of the Club at Silver Lake; a boat parade follows in the afternoon on the 4th, an amusing coterie of decorated floats, from party to paddle boats, whose designers vie for trophies awarded by Silver Lake Association.

  • Pioneer Picnic - on Walker Road at Silver Lake, 1st Sunday of August, this historic site has hosted gatherings since 1872 when it honored the first settlers and continues as an entertaining day of food, music and tours of artifacts housed in Pioneer Cabin and Museum. Check out the one-room schoolhouse and Perry's first church building, also on the Pioneer grounds.


The Silver Lake Sea Serpent is a beloved mascot that has lured the curious since anglers saw it in 1855.

Parks & Outdoors

  • Pedestrians can relax at the Silver Lake State Park Launch, which has tables, grills and restrooms or at Walker Road Public Beach.

  • Silver Lake Trail - connects the lake community to the Village with a mile-long, wide-path walk along the wooded outlet.

  • Perry Village Park on Lake Street is a short walk or ride from Silver Lake and features pavilion rentals (call 585-237-2216 M-F), free use of tennis and basketball courts, fishing pond, playground toys and new splashpad water feature.


Boat Rental:

  • Mack's Boat & Bait Livery ( 585-237-5983 / 414-0883 / )

Boat Launch Access Points:

  •     Koziel's Boat Livery
  •     Mack's Boat Livery
  •     Silver Lake State Park Launch
  •     Silver Lake Marine
  •     Zintel Norris Campground

Cottage Rental:

No central leasing source exists but owners often post ads in the Perry Shopper (585-237-2212 or or call Mack's Boat Livery, 585-237-5983.

Where is it?

  • Perry Public Beach 
  • 3750 Walker Rd, Perry, NY 14530

  • Silver Lake State Park
    4229 W. Lake Rd, Castile, NY 14427

  • Mack's Boat Livery
    4402 Lakeshore Dr, Castile, NY 14427

  • Silver Lake Marine
    4213 W Lake Rd #1, Silver Springs, NY 14550

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