Sodus Bay – General Information

Sodus Bay is a bay on the south shore of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes. Sodus Bay is located in Wayne County, New York, USA.

The Towns of Huron, Sodus, Rose, Galen, Lyons and the Village of Sodus Point are located within the approximately 46-square mile watershed that drains to the Sodus Bay.

Sodus Bay has sometimes been referred to as “Great Sodus Bay” to distinguish it from “Little Sodus Bay,” which is east of Sodus Bay in the Town of Sterling. Sodus Bay is halfway between Rochester and Syracuse.

This major point of access to Lake Ontario contains 12 marinas, 13 waterfront restaurants, 2 public access sites, a public beach, a sailing school and a Yacht Club.

The Sodus Bay watershed is composed of land that is 30% agriculture, 4% developed land, 61% forest, and 4% wetlands.

Nautical Chart of Sodus Bay

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History of Sodus Bay

Before the American Revolution, the area for centuries had been the territory of the Onondaga Nation. The region was first settled around 1794 by outsiders who discovered the bay called by the natives “Assorodus” (“Silvery Waters”). This settlement became modern Sodus Point.

During the War of 1812, the village was burned by a British raiding party, leaving all but one building demolished. The village was rebuilt.

In the 19th Century Sodus Bay became an important port on Lake Ontario. Sodus Point was a central shipping point for coal, which was brought by rail from Pennsylvania.

When the Erie Canal was built the state transportation patterns shifted and the village’s function as a port declined.

In the later 19th century, it became a popular vacation resort, especially for people from Chicago and other cities during the summers.

The village was incorporated in 1958.

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Postcards with Images of Historic Sodus Bay