Length: 38 miles
Width: 3.5 miles
Depth: 435 feet
Counties: Tompkins, Cayuga, and Seneca Counties,
Towns: Ithaca and Seneca Falls


Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, is surrounded by year-round lake homes, vacation rentals, and wineries, offering gorgeous opportunities for a lakeside getaway in the heart of New York’s Wine Region. Dozens of wineries and breweries circle the lake and a drive along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway.

PLAN YOUR VISIT to Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake Lodging

Things To Do

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Cayuga Lake Wineries

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Buttonwood Grove Winery

Enjoy excellent wines and wonderful views from the multi-level deck at Buttonwood Grove

Cayuga Lake Vacation Rentals

Find the perfect place for your lakeside getaway with Finger Lakes Premiere Properties

Shepherdess Cellars

Located on the west side of Cayuga Lake, Shepherdess Cellars offers “well balanced, thoughtful wines”. Stop in to enjoy some excellent selections.

Ithaca, NY

Dine, wine, visit, and hike waterfalls in this charming and eclectic college town at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake

Ithaca Farmers Market

From fresh flowers and produce to handmade crafts and furniture, the Ithaca Farmers’ Market is a must-see in Ithaca!

Taughannock Falls State Park

Hike to Taughannock Falls or camp, picnic, siwm, or play at the park on Cayuga Lake!


At nearly 40 miles long and over a mile wide, Cayuga Lake offers an endless number of options when it comes to boating. From Sailboats to powerboats to paddleboards – there are options for anyone. Get all the details from Marinas to boat launches to boat rentals in our Cayuga Lake Boating Guide.

There is a large assortment of fish in Cayuga Lake, The northern and southern ends of Cayuga Lake feature shoals that make for great fishing. Check out the area around the southern end of the lake (April/May for Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brown trout and Northern Pike), especially the waters near Ithaca and Cayuga Lake State Park.You’re likely to find plenty of pike, bass, bullhead and perch. For the full list of what you may catch and other helpful tips see our Cayuga Lake Fishing Guide.

There are nearly a dozen options available to the public for swimming in Cayuga Lake including at several state parks, town parks and one option on private property. Check out our Finger Lakes Swim Guide.


Like most of the Finger Lakes, the area around Cayuga Lake is good for bicyclists. There are no marked biking trails on the lake, but the 101-mile circuit around the lake is a popular road route. Several organizations host annual rides including the Cayuga Lake Triathlon which takes place mid August.

There are some great places to hike around Cayuga Lake, many of which afford the opportunity to see breathtaking waterfalls.

Robert Treman State Park

Robert Treman State Park, just five miles south of Ithaca, offers some of the most scenic hiking trails in the area. 

Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park is a great hike with a reward at the and–an incredible waterfall! Check out their trail map. 

Cayuga Nature Center

Cayuga Nature Center overlooks Cayuga Lake. They have miles of hiking trails, a six story treehouse, an indoor education facility and plenty of space for special events.

For the complete list of hiking trails see our Cayuga Lake Hiking guide.

Cayuga Lake has several state parks that surround the lake, giving access to boating, kayaking, camping, swimming and other amenities.

Harris Park

This is one of the charming town parks that only locals know about. It is located next to the Town Clerk’s office in the town of Cayuga. It has a boat launch, picnic benches and a small swimming area to be used when a lifeguard is on duty. View the complete list of Cayuga Lake Parks here.

Robert Treman State Park is home to one of Ithaca’s famous gorges and some of the area’s most beloved swimming holes and waterfalls

Watch as water cascades down from the 215 foot ledge above, and enjoy the magnificent beauty of the surrounding area. Aside from the falls, the park has a range of activities throughout the year.

has about 10,000 acres of natural habitat. Hunting, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities are available. Stop at their visitor center first for maps, speak to a knowledgable volunteer and other resources to maximize your experience. 

Waterfalls, Gullies and other natural springs are peppered around Cayuga lake. Most require a short hike but others have lookout points like Taughannock Falls.

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Fall‘s lookout point has steps that take you down closer to the base. There’s also a lesser known second waterfall. This second waterfall is best seen from an abandoned, but easily accessible railroad bridge that spans the gorge above the 212 foot main falls. Read more about it here.

 Robert Treman State Park

Robert Treman State Park– The waterfalls, gorges and rock formations in the park are well known with outdoor enthusiasts. Use the upper park entrance and check out the Old Mill Falls, among others, and follow the Gorge Trail to Enfield Glen.

Ludlow Falls

Ludlow Falls is in Ludlowville Park in the town of Lansing. Follow the short path to the right of the fence overlooking the falls. Watch your step as it may be slippery. The waterfall is off of a shelf giving access to be able to walk behind it and a small pool at the base. For more information on these and other waterfalls near Cayuga Lake see our guide.

Nothing says eclectic quite like Ithaca and the arts & culture scene there is a prime example. Stroll through art galleries, take in their street art or catch one of their live music nights. Ithaca has a couple of performing arts centers including the Hangar theater which is one part renovated airplane hangar, and one part professional theater.
For a family friendly outing, visit the Museum of the Earth. A 8,000 permanent exhibition that takes you on a journey through 45 billion years of history. Hands-on visual exhibitions include North Atlantic Right Whale, mastodon skeletons as well as a live coral reef tank. PRO TIP: Get the Wine and Travel Card App for Buy One Get One on admission.

Check out everything Ithaca has to offer in our Towns & Villages- Ithaca guide.

Seneca Falls is the home of Women’s Rights. There’s a national historic park and a hall of fame dedicated to the Suffrage movement. Read more about Seneca Falls museums and historical sights in our Towns & Villages- Seneca Falls guide

Ithaca has a very active events calendar from cooking/baking demos and competitions to live entertainment, marathons, kids events and more. The Ithaca Festival, one of the largest festivals where over 100 local and regional artists showcase their work, over 70 performances throughout the city on various stages, plus craft foods and beverages to sample and bring home.

Seneca Falls– Every year the town celebrates with an It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in December where cast members and other special guests associated with the film give a guest appearance. There is also a, “Its a Wonderful Life” museum that is open all year round. See their page for more details.


Seneca Falls has several historical sights commemorating the beginning of Women’s Rights. These are our top three picks:

(For the history buffs: Sculptor Ted Aub depicted the very first time Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were introduced on the streets of Seneca Falls, New York, byAmelia Jenks Bloomer, dress reform advocate. These three women would later help found women’s rights organizations and pave the way for equality as we know it today.)

Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway is an 87-mile loop surrounding Cayuga Lake that features scenic views of the lake and its shores. It’ll take you by many wineries, the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, several towns and state parks. There are Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway signs located along the route in about 10-mile intervals and at intersections to let you know where to turn.

Cayuga Lake is surrounded by wineries and breweries, most with beautiful scenic vistas of the lake. There are currently a total of 25 wineries to visit near Cayuga Lake, Thirteen of those are on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest wine trail in the United States. Started by Mary Plane of Cayuga Vineyards (since renamed Cayuga Ridge) in the early 1980s, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has blossomed into a string of highly regarded vineyards. As the winemaking industry has grown, so has the Cayuga Wine Trail.

Save before you visit:  Download the Wine & Travel Card  app on your phone and enjoy discounts at the following Cayuga Lake area destinations (plus dozens more in the region).


Liquid State Brewing Co.(North Shore & Cayuga Lake locations)- Receive a free soft pretzel with your purchase of $12 or more

Bet The Farm- 15% off a 6+ wine bottle purchase or 20% off case purchase.

Shepherdess Cellars- Buy one tasting, get one free. Plus 15% off wine bottle purchases.

Hosmer Winery- Save $5 off a $30+ wine bottle purchase.

Sixty-Eighty Cellars- Receive 50% off tastings for up to two people ($12.50)

Buttonwood Grove Winery- Buy one / Get one free wine tasting Lakeshore Winery- Two free wine tastings. Plus 15% off wine bottle purchase.

Montezuma Winery- Save $5 off a $40+ wine bottle purchase.

Treleaven Wines- One free wine or beer tasting. Plus 10% off a 3+ wine bottle purchase.

Fleur De Lis Brew Works – Save 15% off your pint purchase

Muranda Cheese Company- 10% off cheese purchase

Lively Run Goat Dairy- 10% off cheese purchase

Sidehill Acres Goat Farm- 15% off cheese purchase

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