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

  • Locktoberfest Seneca Falls 2018

    Locktoberfest Seneca Falls 2018

    Join in on the fun as Seneca Falls celebrates their second annual Locktoberfest. It’s an awesome autumn celebration of our local heritage, farms, craft-beverages, food and cuisine, Artisans, crafters, boaters, families and community all along the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor along the “wall” The party kicks off first thing Sat. morning Oct. 6th. as the […]
  • 1.5 Billion Dollars Generated Annually Through Events Along The Erie Canal

    1.5 Billion Dollars Generated Annually Through Events Along The Erie Canal

    Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor just released a study which shows that an estimated 1.5 billion dollars is generated annually by events such as boat tours, bicycle and paddle-sport rentals and historic site and museum tours along the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Events and tours drew more than 3.3 million visitors in 2017 […]
  • Corning Glass Barge 2018

    Corning Glass Barge 2018

    Glassmaking innovations in Corning have shaped the modern world, from the first electric light bulbs for Thomas Edison and the invention of optical fiber for telecommunications, to the glass used in modern flat screen displays. That story all began with a voyage on New York State’s waterways. In 1868 the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated […]
  • Canal Clean Sweep 2018

    Canal Clean Sweep 2018

    Each year to correspond with Earth Day, communities and organizations up and down the Canal organize to clean the banks of the Canal  This year 38 separate events are scheduled.   This event now in it’s 8th. year continues to grow in size. To learn more about all the events along the Canal visit the https://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep
  • Barge Canal Centennial Celebrations Planned For Rochester

    Barge Canal Centennial Celebrations Planned For Rochester

    We currently travel on the third generation of the Erie Canal, commonly referred to as the “Barge Canal” 2018 celebrates the centennial of the opening of this version of the Canal system. The fact that we travel today on infrastructure designed and built 100 years ago is a great testament to the engineers and builders […]
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