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!



As the year draws to a close, the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway Board of Directors will be meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, to close out the year and set the course for 2023. If you have feedback for us or ideas about other programs we should consider, please email us at

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…

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We’re so excited! This year we celebrate 20 years of helping people enjoy the ride around Cayuga Lake to visit the wonderful scenic, historic and cultural resources. We hope you choose to come to Cayuga Lake this year for your weekend get-away or your extended vacation.

Keep us on your “check in with” list as we add more ideas for vacations to Cayuga Lake. Head over to the Itineraries menu to plan your 2022 vacation. 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.

Long View Of Cayuga Lake

A Sample of Your Byway Adventure

Check out our latest video to see all the wonderful things you’ll experience when you come visit us!

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View of the 217-foot high Taughannock Falls from the Overlook

Need Some Ideas For Your Trip?

Head on over to our Itineraries page to spark some ideas of the adventures you can have visiting the Cayuga Lake area. Of course, not to be missed is spectacular Taugannock Falls, all 217-feet of it.

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Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Water Access Site

Fall Paddling

Fall weather can be a bit unpredictable but, it is still a nice time to go for a paddle. As the hillsides explode with color and the waterfowl migration begins, head to the Blueway Trail page to plan one last trip.

Learn more about Blueway Trail