In 1833, Timothy Flint described the lake as, “the calm and transparent amenity of Skeneateles,” in his History and Geography of the Mississippi Valley to Which Is Appended a Condensed Physical Geography of the Atlantic United States and the Whole American Continent.
In October of 1843, “an Englishman” wrote of the region for readers of The Knickerbocker, a monthly magazine in New York City:
“… every one of these lakes is a perfect gem. Otsego, Oneida, Skeneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, and a score of others are passed in succession; and on the shores of each the lover of the picturesque might spend weeks with profit and delight. With such a prodigality of waters and especially in the vicinity of the great lakes the thunder storms engendered by the summer heats are of terrific grandeur. One would think that the dissolution of nature was at hand. Some one has justly remarked that all things here are on a large scale.”