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Tully Lake (Cortland and Onondaga)

Tully Lake is a shallow, weedy lake located on the borders of Cortland and Onondaga counties near the Village of Tully. Tully Lake is a very popular ice fishing location for panfish and pickerel as it's generally one of the first lakes in the area to freeze.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1200 feet
Area: 234 acres
Shoreline Length: 5.9 miles
Length: 1.7 miles
Maximum Depth: 32 feet
County & Town: Cortland and Onondaga Counties, Towns of Preble and Tully

Aquatic Plant Life:

There is rooted aquatic vegetation found around most of the shoreline, in the bays and in the center of the lake around a submerged hump. A mechanical weed harvester is used most years on the lake in mid-summer.


Off Route 281, 2 ½ miles south of the Village of Tully, west on Song Lake Crossing, first right after crossing I-81 to Saulsbury Road, left on Friendly Shores Road. Hand launch. Parking for 15 cars. 7 ½ Horse Power Motor Limit.

For more information on this launch including Google Maps driving directions, visit the Boat Launch Sites for Cortland County page.

Fish Species:

Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, black crappie, rock bass, yellow perch, golden shiner, brown bullhead, and cisco.


Largemouth bass and chain pickerel can be caught on a variety of artificial baits and live minnows fished along the many weed edges. A wire leader is recommended if fishing for pickerel. Ice anglers targeting panfish do well fishing around the submerged hump in the middle of the lake.


Statewide regulations apply. See the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (PDF). Ice fishing is permitted.

Fisheries Management:

Tully Lake is not stocked.

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