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

  • 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 […]
  • Locktoberfest Seneca Falls

    Locktoberfest Seneca Falls

    Seneca Falls was the place to be on Saturday Oct. 7th. for their first annual Locktoberfest. A little rainy weather in the morning didn’t keep visitors away from the Canal Harbor for a day of food, crafts and music. Great BBQ was on the menu from 3 different vendors, Craft beers and local wines were […]
  • The Erie Canal

    The Erie Canal

    The Erie Canal About: The Erie Canal, often referred to the NYS Barge Canal includes 524 miles of navigable waterways throughout NYS. The Canals that make up the Erie Canal System include the Cayuga / Seneca, The Champlain, The Oswego and the Erie itself. These 4 Canals allow for travel from inland NY to anywhere […]
  • Locktoberfest on the Erie Canal

    Locktoberfest on the Erie Canal

    Locktoberfest Locktoberfest is a NYS Canal Corporation sponsored series of events located throughout the Erie Canal corridor. This year is no different with events located in five communities on all 4 sections of the Canal Lockport located on the western section of the Erie Canal. Locktoberfest in Lockport is scheduled for Sept. 30th from the […]
  • Tour Cayuga County

    Tour Cayuga County

    Tour Cayuga County The Ultimate Finger Lakes Wine and Dine Tour Road Trip Day 1 Set in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga County is no exception to the presence of wine and great culinary bounty. Enjoy a day of experience quality wines made by quality people who you’re sure to meet along the […]
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