Cayuga Lake is the longest of central New York's glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area (marginally smaller than Seneca Lake) and second largest in volume. It is just under long. Its average width is 1.7 miles (2.7 km), and it is 3.5mi at its widest point near Aurora. It is approximately 435ft at its deepest point.With our world travel planner, Ithaca attractions like Cayuga Lake can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
The city of Ithaca, site of Ithaca College and Cornell University, is located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake.
Villages and settlements along the east shore of Cayuga Lake include Myers, King Ferry, Aurora, Levanna, Union Springs, and Cayuga. Settlements along the west shore of the lake include Sheldrake, Poplar Beach, and Canoga.
The lake has one small island near Union Springs, Frontenac Island. It is one of only two islands in the Finger Lakes, the other being Squaw Island in Canandaigua Lake.
Geographical characteristicsCayuga Lake is located at ; above sea level. Its depth, steep east and west sides with shallow north and south ends is typical of the Finger Lakes, as they were carved by glaciers during the last ice age.
The water level is regulated by the Mud Lock at the north end of the lake. It is connected to Lake Ontario by the Erie Canal and Seneca Lake by the Seneca River. The lake is drawn down as winter approaches, to minimize ice damage and to maximize its capacity to store heavy spring runoff.
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This is one massive lake, due to its depth, which is so deep and mysterious. This was our 3rd trip here from the Midwest and we enjoyed the lake so much. We stayed at two towns on the lake; Ithica and... more »
Please, make time to visit Cayuga Lake! The view of the falls is stunning! It’s an easy walk, down a few steps from the parking lot, to a viewing area where you can take photos. more »
Nice place to go camping and swimming. We only stayed a couple of nights here but it was pleasant and quiet. The tent camping is in these big open Fields but we were able to get something along the tree line and not too far from the restrooms. Good when you have kids with you.the only thing I didn't understand in the swimming area was why we couldn't go out to the float. Didn't seem like that big of a deal with so few people there and they did have lifeguards on duty.
Fantastic and most scenic lake around
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