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

  • Cruising The Erie Canal From Lyons

    Cruising The Erie Canal From Lyons

    Cruising the Erie Canal from Lyons On Saturday August 26 and Sunday, August 27, The Lyons Rotary and the Lyons Erie Canalway Greeters are sponsoring 3 Erie Canal Cruises. Passengers will travel aboard the 48 passenger Seneca Lake Reel Tours tour boat and will depart from the Lyons dock behind the fire Department Building. On […]
  • Canal Splash

    Canal Splash

    Canal Splash Celebrate the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail during the 10 days of Canal Splash! Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 Canal Splash! is a coordinated series of locally organized events and activities, that take place along the Canal System […]
  • No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

    No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

    No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season The Canal is open and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, The New York State Canal Corporation has announced that there will be no fees for recreational boaters this season. Now we […]
  • Corning Glass Museum Glass Barge

    Corning Glass Museum Glass Barge

    The Corning Glass Museum Glass Barge is coming to the Erie Canal. The museum has taken their mobile hot shops across the globe. This all-new world class performance venue brings floating Hot Glass Demos to the Museum’s New York State neighbors along the Erie Canal and its connected waterways. In 2017, the Glass Barge will […]
  • Seneca Falls Canal Fest 2017

    Seneca Falls Canal Fest 2017

    Join us at the 2nd annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest. This year’s event will be held on July 7th, 8th and 9th. at the Canal Harbor in Seneca Falls NY. Seneca Falls has set out to recreate the events that were first held in the early 1960’s when thousands of visitors and what seemed like […]
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