Discover, Explore, and Experience Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake, the longest and second deepest of the Finger Lakes, has provided residents and visitors throughout the centuries with water transportation connection to the world beyond; food; and recreation in the form of pleasure boating, swimming or quiet contemplation along its shores. To celebrate this treasured body of freshwater, leaders of the communities around the lake came together to showcase the historic, natural and cultural assets that tell the story of the significance of Cayuga Lake to our past, present, and future.


Supported by two New York State sponsored programs, Scenic Byways and Local Waterfront Revitalization, we share the stories through land and water experiences of Cayuga Lake. Either way you travel ENJOY THE RIDE!


Red car driving along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway in the fall with leaves turning colors
From the Ithaca Commons at the south end, to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end, and all the wonderful places…
Boats on Cayuga Lake with a Pink Sunset
Adventure awaits you on the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail. The map below shows the locations of the public access sites available for you…


Keep us on your “check in with” list as we add more ideas for vacations to Cayuga Lake. Head over to the Itineraries menu for winter retreat options. View our videos to see the many activities you can enjoy on a trip to Cayuga Lake.  If you haven’t checked out the Blueway Trail menu or the KIDS CAYUGA LAKE page, under the Byway menu, head there now.

Taughannock Falls Basin Covered In Ice In Winter

Don't Miss This Destination

Winter transforms Taughannock Falls into an ice-sculpted wonder. The falls are one of the most outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast, plunging 215 feet in the 400-foot deep, rocky cliff gorge. Head to the Itineraries menu to plan your winter holiday visit!

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Wanted! Spotted Lanternfly!

Have you seen this colorful insect? The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), also known as the blistering cicada, is a sap-feeding insect native to Asia. They have been found in the United States and were first discovered in Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2014. Since…

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