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

  • Canal Clean Sweep 2022

    Canal Clean Sweep 2022

    Event registration now open for Canal Clean Sweep 2022 Parks & Trails New York, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, is organizing the 17th annual Canal Clean Sweep April 22-24 in celebration of Earth Day and Celebrate Trails Day, and we need your help! How it works: Get a group together: This could be a group of friends or […]
  • Electric Houseboats Cruising the Erie Canal

    Electric Houseboats Cruising the Erie Canal

    The E-Houseboat is being designed and built to be the first all-electric propelled and powered houseboat commercially available within the US. The design team at East Coast Houseboats has been actively working on a completely unique way of building houseboats, and the E-Houseboat will be the first to benefit from this method.  Starting with […]
  • Seneca River RV Park

    Seneca River RV Park

    Seneca River RV Park will be officially open to campers starting May 15th, 2022.  This will be a 51-site campsite with full utility hook ups.  These sites sit along the beautiful Cayuga Seneca Canal.  Brand new bathhouse being built for camper convenience.  Each site will be spacious enough for an RV as well as 1 […]
  • NYS Canal Corporation announces schedule for 2021 Navigational Season

    NYS Canal Corporation announces schedule for 2021 Navigational Season

    The NYS Canal Corporation has announced the navigation schedule for 2021 Season Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 21, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2021 navigation season.  This proposed schedule of operations could be impacted by the COVID pandemic […]
  • 2019 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal

    2019 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal

    The New York State Canal Corporation has announced the operational hours and dates for the 2019 Navigation Season for the entire canal system. Boaters are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. for the 2019 navigation season. There […]
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