At the end of the last ice age, over one hundred-thousand years ago, massive glaciers advanced southward from Canada, carving deep trenches in the earth. As the earth warmed and the glaciers receded, the trenches filled with water and formed what we now know as the Finger Lakes.

The eleven Finger Lakes range in length from 40 miles (Cayuga Lake) to only 3 miles (Canadice Lake) and in depth from 618 feet (Seneca Lake) to just 30 feet (Honeoye Lake), and are beloved for their natural beauty. The deep waters of the largest lakes, combined with the steep slopes of their hillsides, create a “micro-climate” ideal for wine production, which attracts wine makers and enthusiasts from all over the world to the region. 

Some of the lakes are well developed with cottages and popular tourism industries, while others are pristine and undeveloped with miles of peaceful, picturesque hiking and biking trails.


The smallest of the Finger Lakes, Canadice is largeley undeveloped

A popular vacation destination and the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes

Cayuga Lake is the longest of the Finger Lakes and home to man wineries and lakefront vacation rentals.

The western-most of the Finger Lakes, Conesus is small and shallow.

Hemlock Lake is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts.

Honeoye Lake is well known for its clear, clean, and shallow water, which warms quickly in the spring and summer.


The “wishbone” lake, Keuka Lake is a popular recreational spot, famous for it’s wineries, hiking, and biking trails.

One of the smallest of the Finger Lakes, Otisco Lake is popular with campers and boaters.

Owasco Lake’s warm shallow waters make it a popular swimming and boating destination.

The largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes and home to the Seneca Wine Trail.

Skaneateles Lake is home to the quaint Village of Skaneateles, a popular and trendy vacation spot.