Cayuga/Seneca Canals

The Cayuga Seneca Canal connects the largest of the two finger lakes to the Erie Canal, first opened in 1832 it received its final update and in 1915 was opened in its current configuration.

Connecting with the Erie at mile marker 200, the C/S Canal travels 4 miles south to Lock C/S 1 where it allows you to either continue 42 miles south on Cayuga Lake passing communities such as Cayuga, Union Springs, Aurora and onto Ithaca or travel west on the Seneca River through the historic communities of Seneca Falls and Waterloo before the canal gives way to the open waters of Seneca Lake.  At 38 miles, long and with a maximum depth of 618’ deep, Seneca Lake is the deepest lake completely within NYS.  It’s also the self-proclaimed Lake Trout Capital of the world and the micro-climate that surrounds both lakes makes it the perfect home for the more than 50 wineries that line their banks.

The Lake is so deep that the US Navy has a permanent facility anchored on the lake that is used for deep water research.

A trip to the south end of the lake brings you to Watkins Glen, and then into Catherine Creek one of the two inlets of the lake.  Montour Falls lies 3 miles to the south of Watkins Glen with a nice marina and campground available to explore the region from.

Communities of the Canals

Cayuga-Seneca Canal News & Articles

  • Fees Are Waived For Recreational Boaters On The Erie Canal in 2018

    Fees Are Waived For Recreational Boaters On The Erie Canal in 2018

    For the second straight year fees for recreational boaters are being waived for all recreational boaters on the Erie Canal Season.  That’s the good news, of course that notice came out right after the notification from the New York State Canal Corporation related to the once again shortened schedule for the 2018 navigation season.  The revised schedule […]
  • 2018 Navigation Season On The Erie Canal

    2018 Navigation Season On The Erie Canal

    Dates & Hours of Operation during the 2018 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal The New York State Canal Corporation announced once again that the navigation season on the Erie Canal will be shortened to a schedule similar to the 2017 season. Boaters are advised that, conditions permitting, the Eastern Erie Canal (locks E-2 Waterford through E-23 […]
  • Trinity Church Seneca Falls NY

    Trinity Church Seneca Falls NY

    Trinity Church Seneca Falls No matter how you visit Seneca Falls, the iconic Trinity Church is a landmark you can’t miss. With it’s history dating back to the mid 1800’s we pick it’s history at the time of the creation of Van Cleef Lake and the current day Erie Canal, The content below was taken […]
  • Floating Homes Along The Erie Canal

    Floating Homes Along The Erie Canal

    The Erie Canal, the eighth wonder of the world is currently celebrating the bi-centennial of its creation. It is one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world and it might be the most underutilized recreational resource within New York State. Organizations such as Canal NY actively work to promote the system as well as the businesses within the Erie […]
  • It’s A Wonderful Life Seneca Falls

    It’s A Wonderful Life Seneca Falls

      A classic movie that first appeared on the big screen in 1946 is now about to celebrate it’s 71st year and Seneca Falls, considered to have been the community that the Frank Capra directed movie is based on celebrates the classic film once again on December 7th 8th, 9th and 10th. with a weekend […]
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