Bird, Fish, Swim, Camp, Hike

Bird, Fish, Swim, Camp, Hike

Resources for enjoying the Cayuga Lake Watershed.


There are dozens of excellent birding locations in the Cayuga Lake Basin here are some resources to get you started. 

Snow Geese near Cayuga Lake

Fishing Cayuga Lake

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation — Cayuga Lake Page

List of access points and links to additional fishing information and resources

Central New York Fishing Hotline

Current fishing reports maintained by NYS DEC.

Charter Fishing

Several licensed charter boat captains operate on Cayuga Lake. This listing is maintained by NY Fisherman.

Girl fishing in Cayuga Lake

Supervised Swimming Areas

Taughannock Falls State Park
Cayuga Lake State Park
Long Point State Park
Lansing Myers Park

Water Quality Advisories

Water quality concerns including harmful algal blooms can result in swimming area closures and advisories for water contact in all areas. Current information is available here.

Woman swimming in Cayuga Lake
Picture of camp fire


Trails on or near the lakeshore:

Cayuga Waterfront Trail
Black Diamond Trail

 Go Fingerlakes

This interactive website created by the Finger Lakes Land Trust is searchable by location or interest and includes dozens of hiking venues.

 Also see our Parks and Natural Areas Page

View of Cayuga Lake