Oneida Indian Nation announces plans for a multi-million dollar tourist attraction at Sylvan Beach

Courtesy Oneida Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation announced plans to open a multi million-dollar tourist attraction at Sylvan Beach.

Oneida Nation officials are calling it “The Lake House at Sylvan Beach.” The project will feature slots and indoor and outdoor dining in the Oneida County village near Sylvan Beach Amusement Park.

Officials say the venue will add 60 jobs and include a gaming area with 100 slots. It’s expected to open in May.

Some of the features include an outdoor dining patio, back of house and 10,000-to-15,000-square-foot expansion on the main floor. Administrative offices will occupy much of the upstairs, said a spokesperson for the Oneida Nation.

The Oneidas have exclusive rights to gaming in a 10-county area around the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. The Oneidas and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a 2013 settlement granting those rights. In exchange, the Oneidas agreed to share 25 percent of slot revenues with state and local governments.

The Oneida Nation, which owns Turning Stone, other casinos and businesses, generated record revenues in 2019 for the state and county, Oneida Nation officials said. The Oneida Nation gave more than $70 million in revenues for New York and $18 million to Oneida County, officials said.