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Cayuga Lake

Longest of the Finger Lakes and the lowest to sea level, this lake accesses the Erie Canal through the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, which joins the northern ends of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes

About Cayuga Lake

  • Area - 42,956 acres
  • Length - 40 miles
  • Shoreline - 96 miles
  • Max. Depth  - 435 feet
  • Max. Width - 3.5 miles
  • Elevation - 382 feet 
  • Largest City - Ithaca

Beaches & Parks 

Several parks are located along Route 89. Cayuga Lake State Park has restrooms, pavilions, cabins, camping, cottage rentals, showers, a playground, fishing, walking trails and picnic tables. Taughannock Falls State Park has camping and cabins overlooking Cayuga Lake year-round, and visitors can access a beach and boating area in the summer.

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, located in Ithaca, has over 400 boat slips as well as picnic areas and playing fields, and at Cass Park visitors can enjoy skating in the winter and a swimming pool in the summer.

Long Point State Park, located at 2063 Lake Road in Aurora, has boat launch facilities, a beach with swimming and picnic areas and fishing access.

At Stewart Park on the Southern end of Cayuga Lake, there are picnic areas, a playground, ball fields and a walking trail.

On the East side of the lake is Myers Park, located off Rt. 34B in the Town of Lansing. The 31-acre park offers camping, swimming, a playground, volleyball, basketball, picnic area, pavilions for rent, and a marina.

Marina & Boat Launches

  • Dean's Cove Boat Launch, accessible from Rt. 89 in Romulus
  • Mudlock Canal Park has a concrete ramp on Rt. 90, North of the town of Cayuga
  • Allen Treman State Park Marina
  • Long Point State Park has a hard surface ramp
  • Cayuga Lake State Park

Things to do on Cayuga Lake

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a migratory stop-off for geese, ducks, and herons during the spring and fall and is a hotspot for birders.  Visitors may get a glimpse of an American bald eagle while driving the self-guided loop in the park. 

Don't forget to also visit Taughannock Falls, a waterfall over 200 feet with multi-use trails, or stop for wine tastings along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

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