Cayuga-Seneca Canal

Cayuga-Seneca Canal

Montezuma to Finger Lakes

The Cayuga-Seneca Canal is the gateway to the Finger Lakes, connecting the Erie Canal at Montezuma to 92 miles of canalized rivers and lakes, including the Seneca River and Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. The region include Seneca Falls, celebrated as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and the Finger Lakes Region, renowned for its natural beauty, elegant architecture, wine country, and world-class cultural and recreational attractions.

 Finger Lakes Boat Rental

(315) 364-8663

Daily and multi-day power boat rentals on Cayuga Lake  Visit Site >

 Finger Lakes Boat Tours

(315) 789-5520

Tours, private charters, wine tasting, day trips, and bus tours  Visit Site >

 Seneca Lake State Park

(315) 789-2331

Seneca Lake State Park overlooks blue water, creating a relaxing experience for swimmers and picnickers. There is also a spray ground for the kids with 100 water jets, a playground and 2 marinas.  Visit Site >

 Smith Opera House / Geneva Theatre

(315) 781-5483

1894. Built by philanthropist William Smith and architects Joseph Pierce and Henry Bickford, the opera house is among the oldest operating theaters in the U.S. The theater currently offers entertainment and educational programming.  Visit Site >

 Finger Lakes National Forest

(607) 546-4470

16,118 acres nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. The Forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. Open to the public for recreation.  Visit Site >

 Buttermilk Falls State Park

(607) 273-5761 (summer) or (607) 273-3440; Reservations: (800) 456-2267

The park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down a steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas, and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, pool, and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows, a moist, shady glen and wetland with a nature trail.  Visit Site >

 Cayuga Excursions

(607) 379-3737

Sailing charters, lessons, and cruises on Cayuga Lake.  Visit Site >

 Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway

This NYS Scenic Byway loop around Cayuga Lake connects many sites of historic significance, scenic beauty, and recreational value. Visit the website for a map of the tour route.  Visit Site >

 Cornell Outfitting Rental Center

(607) 255-1807

Kayak/canoe rental  Visit Site >

 Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

(607) 255-6464

The museum was designed by I.M. Pei and is unique architectually for its open linked spaces between exhibits, designed to combat "museum fatigue" in the 1970s. It is one of the top university art museums in the country.  Visit Site >

 History Center in Tompkins County

(607) 273-8284

The History Center in Tompkins County serves as a highly valuable resource for researchers, teachers, students, and genealogists. It offers an extensive historical collection that includes both images and archives on the history of the canal in southern Cayuga Lake.  Visit Site >

 Ithaca Boat Tours

(607) 697-0166

Tours and speciality cruises  Visit Site >

 Lookout Point

This small public parks offers wide views of Cayuga Inlet. This location marks the southern terminus of the NYS Barge Canal and was a vibrant commercial area in the 1800s. Canal boats were constructed and repaired along Cayuga Inlet, and barges with goods were loaded and unloaded here. Find the park in the city's West End at the northernmost point of Inlet Island directly behind The Boatyard Grill; also accessible by a spur path off of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.  Visit Site >

 Robert H. Treman State Park

Phone: (607) 273-3440; Reservations: (800) 456-2267

Winding trails follow a gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, to where visitors can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. Campers can choose from tent or RV sites or cabins, mid-May through November. Activities include hiking on nine miles of trails and swimming in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall.  Visit Site >

 Sapsucker Woods

(607) 254-2473

220 acres of hardwood forest, wooded swamp, pond, and garden managed for birds, located at Cornell's premier center for the study and conservation of birds. More than 225 species in an extraordinary setting.  Visit Site >

 State Theatre

(607) 27.STATE

1928. Designed as an Atmospheric theater and vaudeville palace, mixing Moorish, Gothic, and Renaissance motifs. The theater now hosts concerts, theater productions, dance, lectures, and community performances. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Visit Site >



Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals at Myers Park in Lansing and Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg.  Visit Site >

 Montezuma Heritage Park/Richmond Aqueduct

Hike original towpath trails to view the Richmond Aqueduct, Clinton’s Ditch Lock 62, and other historic canal features in the 160-acre nature park. Built from 1849 to 1857 and partially dismantled in 1917, the original aqueduct had 31 massive arches to support the canal as it crossed the Seneca River. Seven of these arches and their related piers and abutments remain today. The park is located within the Seneca River Crossing Canals Historic District.  Visit Site >

 Water to Wine Tours

(607) 229-6368

Tour award-winning Finger Lakes wineries from a boat along scenic Cayuga Lake. Private and group tours available. Cruises depart from the dock at Silverstrand Bed & Breakfast, Ovid, NY or Long Point State Park in Aurora, NY. Reservations required.  Visit Site >

 Willard Wildlife Management Area


23 acres of woodland bordering Seneca Lake and 135 acres of cropland, which is rented out to local farmers. Hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, cross-country skiing, birdwatching, camping.  Visit Site >

 Sampson State Park

Phone: (315) 585-6392; Reservations: (800) 456-2267

The focal point of the park is the marina and its numerous electric and non-electric campsites. There are also picnic areas, playground and playing fields that include tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming beach, a recreation building, and organized activities including tours, hikes and wildlife watches. Seneca Lake is famous for its trout fishing.  Visit Site >

Seneca Falls
 Cayuga Lake State Park

Phone: (315) 568-5163 Reservations: (800) 456-2267

This park has beautiful views of the lake; includes fishing and boating access, a playground, and ball field. Vacation rentals available year-round.  Visit Site >

 Cayuga Lake Wildlife Management Area

(585) 226-2466

225 acres, cattail marsh and wooded swamps, activities include hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife-related recreation.  Visit Site >

 Erie Canal Cruise Lines

(800) 962-1771

Self-skippered canal boat rental  Visit Site >

 Ludovico Sculpture Trail

The 1.75-mile Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail is home to numerous sculptures inspired by the women's rights movement and created primarily by women sculptors.  Visit Site >

 Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

(315) 568-5987

8,000-acre wetland complex; premier waterfowl watching site and prime nesting, feeding, resting habitat for migratory birds; extensive marshes, swamps, upland forests, agricultural land. Mid-Sept-mid-Nov is peak viewing of up to 50,000 Canada geese and 150,000 ducks. Late-February-April, 85,000 Canada geese and 12,000 snow geese. Mid-May, warbler and songbird migration peaks.  Visit Site >

 Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry and Seneca Falls Visitor Center

(315) 568-1510

Three floors of exhibits illustrate how the Seneca River and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal powered the rise of industry, fostered cultural development, and spread social reform.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

 Women’s Rights National Historical Park

(315) 568-0024

Seneca Falls is the birthplace of the woman’s rights movement in 1848. Park includes the site of the First Women’s Rights Convention, as well as the homes of three of the convention’s organizers.  Visit Site >
Passport Site

Seneca Lake, Waterloo
 Force Seven Charters, Inc.

(585) 330-7440

Custom pleasure cruising, sport fishing, and tours  Visit Site >

Three Mile Bay
 Long Point State Park

Phone: (315) 649-5258; Reservations: (800) 456-2267

The park is small and almost completely surrounded by water with great views. Campsites are fairly open and grass-covered with scattered trees, a playground, and picnic areas. The bay provides a protected harbor for boats, and Lake Ontario offers excellent boating and fishing opportunities. Constant lake breezes keep the park cool and mosquito-free.  Visit Site >

 Taughannock State Park

(607) 387-6739 Reservations: (800) 456-2267

Located between the Village of Trumansburg and the city of Ithaca. The falls cataract has an incredible drop of 215 feet (66 meters) and is one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains. Open year round. Camping season runs from the last weekend in March to mid-October. The rim trail closes in winter; the gorge trail remains open. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season.  Visit Site >

Union Springs

(228) 424-3768

Self-skippered boat rental  Visit Site >

 Canal Side Experiences

(315) 651-4443

Kayak/canoe rental; hourly tours, skippered charters  Visit Site >

 Finger Lakes Water Adventures

(315) 789- 5520

Boat rentals and tours  Visit Site >

 Fuzzy Guppies

(315) 539-8848

Kayak/canoe, paddleboard rentals  Visit Site >

 Stivers Seneca Marine

(315) 789-5520

Full service marina. Rentals available: pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, water skis and tubes  Visit Site >

Watkins Glen
 Captain Bill's

(607) 535-4541

Seneca Lake cruises  Visit Site >

 Catherine Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area

(585) 226-2466

1,000 acre marsh complex at the southern end of Seneca Lake. A remnant section of the Chemung Barge Canal runs through the marsh. The area is managed for multiple uses, including birdwatching, hunting, fishing, boating, and hiking. 64 species of birds including an abundance of wading and waterbird species.  Visit Site >

 Glen Theater

(607) 535-4432

1924. Exterior and interior renovations have restored the ornate Glen Theater to its turn-of-the-century Neo-Classical motif. It is currently operated as a single screen movie theater and performance space.  Visit Site >

 Watkins Glen State Park

Phone: (607) 535-4511; Reservations: (800) 456-2267

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer gorge tours, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its spring run of rainbow trout.  Visit Site >