Skip to main content
Enter search terms below.

Seneca Lake

About Seneca Lake

  • Area - 43,343 acres
  • Length - 38 miles
  • Shoreline - 75.4 miles
  • Max. Depth - 618 feet
  • Max. Width - 3 miles
  • Elevation - 445 feet 
  • Largest Cities - Geneva on the north end, Watkins Glen on the south end
  • Characteristics - Seneca Lake is the deepest and longest of the Finger Lakes, and the second deepest lake in New York State. It has more wineries than any other Finger Lake and has frozen over just nine times since the beginning of weather record keeping

Beaches & Parks

Seneca Lake State Park is located on State Route 20 on the north end of the lake. This park offers something for everyone, including swimming, bathhouse facilities, a children’s spray park, picnic areas, shore fishing, walking trails, soccer fields and more.

Sampson State Park on the east side of the lake has camping sites, swimming areas, fishing, bicycling, jogging and geocaching.

Finger Lakes National Forest in Hector offers 16,000 acres of natural Finger Lakes beauty. The park is a day-use area that has 30 miles of trails for any season, a wild blueberry patch and camping. 

Watkins Glen State Park on Route 14 has tent and trailer campsites available, picnic facilities, and an Olympic-size pool. Smith Park and Campground on Route 414, just north of Watkins Glen, offers camping, swimming and boating.

Marinas & Boat Launches

The east side of Sampson State Park on Route 96A has a boat launch and the Glen Harbor Marina located in Watkins Glen is a full-service marina in addition to Seneca Lake State Park, which connects Seneca and Cayuga Lakes by canal.  

Things to do on Seneca Lake

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has the most wineries of all the Finger Lakes. You will also find tasty cafés and restaurants to complement the award-winning wines.  

Open in the summer, Watkins Glen State Park has the Finger Lakes' most famous waterfalls. Start your walking tour at the Main entrance to the village of Watkins Glen. The 1.5 mile stone trail weaves 800 steps inside the gorge. Up along-side Glen Creeks’,  towering cliffs bringing you right up to 19 waterfalls.

Spend a day at Watkins Glen International and experience NASCAR racing with world's best sports car drivers.


Book a Room
Request a Free Travel Guide