This clean, serene lake is one of New York's Finger Lakes. Skaneateles means "long lake" in one of the local Iroquoian languages. The lake is sometimes referred to as "The Roof Garden of the Lakes" because its altitude is higher than the other Finger Lakes. It is 16 mi long (17 mi including the bogs at the south end of the lake) and on average 0.75 mi wide. It has a surface area of 13.6 sq mi, and a maximum depth of 315 ft. The cleanest of the Finger Lakes, its water is so pure that the city of Syracuse and other municipalities use it unfiltered. William Henry Seward called it "The most beautiful body of water in the world."