Cayuga Lake, Ithaca

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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.
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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  • Tons of parks with water accesses for all types of water activities. It's also great for fishing! There is camping, hiking, nature trails an centers all around Cayuga lake.  more »
  • We did a boat trip around Cayuga Lake and we really enjoyed it. The scenery is stunning and there are lots of interesting things to see. We could see Cornell University in the distance.  more »
  • Not a long walk to an amazing view! We were there for the gorgeous leaf colors and the waterfall is spectacular. Worth the stop!  more »
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  • Great fishing
  • So much to do! Great fishing of all species. Love being able to wake up and watch the sunrise over the lake.
  • Lots to do on Cayuga Lake both sides... wineries and breweries, Mackenzie Childs, boat rentals /tours, shopping Premier Outlets.
  • Nice Lake my parents have owned a property there for about 10 years has a lot to do and a lot of events that go on there and the lake is nice to swim,fish,tube etc.
  • I love this lake, go fishing every year and there is always a variety of fish! Also a lot of great swimming areas!
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