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Keuka Lake, New York State

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Keuka Lake is one of the major Finger Lakes in the U.S. state of New York. It is unusual because it is Y-shaped, in contrast to the long and narrow shape of the other Finger Lakes. Due to its shape, it was referred to in the past as Crooked Lake. Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language.DescriptionThe Y-shaped Keuka Lake empties into another Finger Lake, Seneca Lake, from a stream called Keuka Lake Outlet at the lake's northeastern end in Penn Yan. The stream empties into Seneca Lake at the village of Dresden. At one time the outlet was developed into a canal, the Crooked Lake Canal, connecting the lakes. This canal was later replaced by a railroad branch line which is now a hiking and cycling trail.The lake is about long and varies in width from to 2mi. The length of the shoreline is about. It has a surface area of 11730acres, and a maximum and mean depth of and respectively.Its thermocline is between 30and deep.Lake ecologyThis body of water possesses large and healthy populations of lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and yellow perch. The productive fishery is supported by huge numbers of baitfish, most notably alewives (sawbellies), and is a very popular lake with area fishermen.
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  • Keuka is a beautiful lake. We go there several times a year. There are a lot of things to do for all ages! 
  • A great place to get away. Fishing, boating, wine tasting, way too many wineries to count. This is my third time up here in the Finger Lakes region. This trip was in cool weather, but we were too earl...  read more »
  • I went to Keuka Lake for a weekend trip. It was a beautiful trip and very relaxing. The only issue I had is because it is much higher above sea level than what I am used to I was physically ill the fi...  read more »
  • Great lake. Lots of places to stop for food, gas, shopping, etc.
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