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Cayuga Lake, the longest of New York's Finger Lakes, runs almost 40 miles, from Seneca Falls at the northern end to Ithaca at the southern end. It affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities, including boating, fishing, and hiking. And, don't forget to visit the Wine Region surrounding the lake!


Boating at Cayuga Lake is an exceptional experience. From Ithaca, the most convenient boat launch is Allan H. Treman State Marine Park. A number of public boat marinas are also around the lake.

Don't have your own boat? You can easily rent one from any number of companies along the lake. Canoes, kayaks, jet skis, and power boats are all available for hourly and daily rentals.

You also have the option of enjoying a scenic boat tour of Cayuga Lake. In particular, Cayuga Lake Cruises offers dinner cruises that visitors always enjoy.
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Fishing is also extremely popular at Cayuga Lake, especially, at the shoals along the northern and southern ends of the lake. In particular, at the southern end, near Cayuga Lake State Park, you have a great chance of a successful fishing trip. Bass, perch, and pike are prevalent in this area.

In general, you can typically expect to find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and pickerel in the warm, shallow lake areas.


Hiking around Cayuga Lake gives you the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in New York. Your best bet for hiking is to head to Robert Treman State Park, which is the starting point for some of Cayuga Lakes most scenic trails. You'll be able to view waterfalls, gorges, and unusual rock formations.

You can also head to Taughannock Falls State Park to view one of the highest waterfalls (215 feet) east of the Rockies. 
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Cayuga Lake offers a perfect opportunity for a getaway to New York's Wine Region. The Finger Lakes area is the premier winemaking region in the Eastern United States, with more than a hundred wineries located in the region. Cayuga Lake alone has over twenty wineries.

The lakes tend to moderate the temperature of the area, thereby, extending the growing season. And the slopes around the lakes allows rainwater drain off the land.

Due to the cool climate, the primary grape used in Finger Lakes wines is Riesling. Other grape varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir.