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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 40 miles (64 km) 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.LocationThe city of Ithaca, New York, 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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  • Ok, so I'm biased. I've loved Cayuga for 57 years now, in all seasons, and from thousands of angles. It has changed a lot in that time, as zebra mussels have moved in. And it no longer ices up much in...  more »
  • A marvelous waterfall in the distance teases you to make he trek to the bottom of the gorge and hike to the foot, but it is not necessary. The visitors' center and ample parking make the view from the...  more »
  • Even when the day looks a little gray, the view is outstanding! Just sit, relax, and enjoy the view. The area was upgraded when we went, a new building with new amenities. Will check it out during the...  more »