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; with sustenance; 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…
Close-up photo of a Great Blue Heron at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

New Yorkers, Rediscover Your Backyard!

Vacation travel this year has been a real challenge. With staying safe and healthy at the top of our lists, this year is the time to take a Staycation and rediscover your backyard destinations.

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217 foot Water Fall at Taughannock Falls State Park

Don't Miss This Destination

Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge and is the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.

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