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6/23/2022 – Wildlife and history

A couple from Ohio on vacation in the Finger Lakes wanted to go kayaking and check out the National Women’s Rights Historic Park in Seneca Falls. They figured our Oak Island to Seneca Falls tour was the perfect way to do both! The weather was perfect for paddling as we set out from Oak Island in Waterloo, NY. We approached Lock 4 on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and called the lock master. While the lock was filling I spoke about the history of the canal and the lock system. We entered the lock and dropped 16ft. exiting eastbound towards Seneca Falls. As we paddled down the canal we began noticing the abundant wildlife. Herons and Osprey were scanning for fish. A King Fisher chattered then dove after its lunch.

The turtles were loving the weather. Every rock and log seemed to have a couple of painted turtles sunning themselves and even a large snapping turtle was unbothered by our presence. We got out at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center for lunch and a walk around town. After exploring the Historic Park and getting a bite to eat we set off westbound back to Oak Island. We went back through Lock 4 following the opposite procedure as before. Our paddlers had a great time learning about local history and enjoying all the diverse wildlife the canal has to offer.

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