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Cayuga Lake State Park is a small state park, covering just 141-acres, located in Seneca County, at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Despite its small size, the park offers a lot of facilities and activities for visitors.
The terrain here is rolling hills and is close to Lake Ontario, but just a few miles south has you feeling like you are in the Appalachian Mountains. Situated midway between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse, the park makes the perfect base for touring the Great Lakes when you book an RV in Seneca County.
Popular activities at the park include hiking, fishing, and during the winter months, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are both visitor favourites. Cayuga Lake is the longest of the Finger Lakes, which all run north to south just south of Lake Ontario, and it extends for just under 40 miles.
Situated on the waters edge, most of the main activities here involve the lake in some way. Boating is one of the favorite activities, and boat rentals are available in the park. At the southern end of the lake, in Ithaca, there is a large state marina, but there are a number of marinas and boat launches scattered around the shoreline.
Sport fishing has increased in popularity, and the fish stocks are now managed, with good stocks of smelt, trout, salmon, and bass. The deeper water, only accessible by boat, is a favorite, adding pike to the list of potential catches.
Swimming is allowed in the lake, but no lifeguards are on duty, so take care. There’s also a nice sandy beach for those that just want to chill out and enjoy the peace and quiet.
During the winter, the cross-country trails are marked out, and ice-fishing is possible in the shallower areas of the lake. With so much to offer, RV camping at Cayuga Lake State Park will make a great base for exploring the surrounding area.
When you rent a camper in Cayuga Lake State Park, there’s plenty of choice at the campground, with over 250 sites to choose from. All sites for camping with an RV have full hookup facilities, can cater for trailer lengths up to 40 feet and pets are allowed.
On the campground, you’ll find restrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets, a volleyball court, a playground for the kids and picnic facilities. For your rental RV, there is a dump station and a water fill up station, making camping in the park convenient.
The closest town is Seneca Falls, just a couple of miles to the west of the park. Here, you’ll find all the daily basics, such as a gas station for your RV rental, a range of stores for shopping and a small selection of restaurants.
On the lakes west coast, you’ll find a number of wineries, perfectly situated to make a vineyard tour very enjoyable, without all the traveling. Many of the wineries hold annual events, such as wine tasting or wine festivals, and these are definitely worth looking up if you enjoy wine.
The NY Lavender Festival is held in Red Creek, just a few miles north, every July at the Ol’Factory Farm. During the festival, over 40 artisan stalls are present, plus many other stalls with food, wine and much more. To keep the whole family entertained, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides and family hands-on workshops throughout the festival. It really is a great family day out, with plenty to keep everyone happy.
Seward House Museum in the nearby city of Auburn is dedicated to the life of William Henry Seward. The house was built in 1816 by a local judge, Elijah Miller and bequeathed to his two daughters on his death, one of whom had married William Seward. The house remained in the Seward family until 1951, when it was bequeathed to the Fred L. Emerson Foundation and to be opened as a museum to the families life. Visitors can now tour the house and view original furnishings and artwork owned by the Seward family. It’s a wonderful journey back in time to life in the 1800s.
In such a great wine producing area, there’s little surprise to find an annual wine festival taking place. Held in the small town of Kings Ferry, the Treleaven Kings of Summer Music Festival is held at Treleaven Winery every July. With great local produced wines to try, local beers and plenty of food, it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family. Local rock, country, and funk bands make this an extra special event.