The Oneida River is a large river that forms part of the boundary between Oswego and Onondaga counties. Flowing roughly westward it is the outlet of Oneida Lake and part of the NYS Barge Canal. The Oneida River stretches approximently 18 miles from Oneida Lake to Three Rivers where it joins with the Seneca River, to form the Oswego River. There are three "cuts" or channels for the canal system: Big Bend, Morgan Cut, and Anthony Cut. Each of the channel cuts form an island. Lock 23 is located in Anthony Cut and a water level control dam is located at Caughdenoy.
Public Access Sites
Bonstead Road. On Bonstead Road approximately 2 miles northwest of Village of Three Rivers. Hard surface ramp. 20 cars and trailers.
General Fishing Information
Main gamefish found in the river are walleye, tiger musky, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Panfish found in the river are black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, white perch and brown bullhead. Other popular fish found in the river are channel catfish, carp and sheephead (freshwater drum).
The Oneida River is not stocked. However, because of it's connection with Oneida Lake, Seneca River and Cross Lake, walleye ad tiger musky stocked in those waters can also be found in the Oneida River.
Due to the large number of locks and dams found in the area and the water bodies associated with it, some water bodies have been combined. Water body definitions can be found under Water Body in the freshwater Fishing Guide. A printable PDF overview map can also be viewed by clicking on the map to the right. Personally harvested baitfish may not be transported between these water bodies.