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…


We are adding new information on the website this year. The most recent additions are an Itineraries option under the Byway menu and some new videos to show the many activities you can enjoy on your 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 photo taken from Gorge Trail

Don't Miss This Destination

The summer rain storms have kept lots of water flowing over Taughannock Falls. A banner year for pictures of one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast, Taughannock Falls, plunging 215 feet in the 400-foot deep, rocky cliff gorge.

Learn more about Taughannock Falls State Park
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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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