Scenic Byway

Welcome to the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway! Officially designated a New York State Scenic Byway in 2002 by the New York State Department of Transportation, our Byway is an 87-mile loop surrounding Cayuga Lake. The route features scenic views of the lake and its shores, rural and woodland landscapes and numerous historic, natural, and cultural attractions.

An alternative to State Routes 96, 36, 14 and Interstate 81, the Byway offers travelers an opportunity to immerse in the glacial-formed Cayuga Lake landscape, visit local wineries and farms, explore the region’s villages and hamlets and utilize Cayuga Lake’s extensive recreational resources.

Frontenac Island View From Shoreline Frontenac Park Union Springs

There's an Island in Cayuga Lake?

Yes, Frontenac Island. The island is located offshore of the village of Union Springs. While it appears to be just a large clump of trees in the lake, this island has a very interesting past dating back thousands of years! So, read on.

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Aerial Canoga Marsh Looking North

Cayuga Lake's Many Marshes

On your trip around the Byway, make sure to visit a very important habitat in the Cayuga Lake basin – the cattail marsh.

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Cayuga-Seneca Canal Lock 1 the entrance gate to the lock

History Abounds in the Cayuga Lake Landscape

Once the frontier of the United States, the Cayuga Lake region was home to progressive cultural movements and industrial innovations. The Erie Canal is one of the early transportation innovations.  Read on to learn about canal travel between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.

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