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Oak Island to Seneca Falls

(Cayuga-Seneca Canal)
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excursion

Kayak the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, a spur of the New York State Erie Canal System, and visit the historic town of Seneca Falls, birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

Staring at Oak Island in Waterloo, N.Y., we will go through Lock 4 on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and paddle east 3.5 miles to Van Cleef Lake in downtown Seneca Falls. Exiting the canal at the public docks, you can explore the downtown area. After lunch and exploring downtown, we will kayak the 3.5 miles back to Oak Island, completing this 7-mile journey in 5-6 hours.

Skill level

This full day kayak is for beginners looking to try kayaking for the first time and those with more experience who would enjoy a pleasant day learning about local history.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at 10:30AM to gear up and learn paddling and safety basics.
  • Start at Oak Island at 11:00AM
  • Arrive at the public docks in Seneca Falls 12:30PM to 1:00PM
  • Leave Seneca Falls after lunch and exploring downtown at 3:00PM
  •  Arrive back at Oak Island between 4:30 and 5:00 PM

Details

Parking at Oak Island Boat Launch is free, and the restrooms are well maintained. Highlights include locking through, a unique experience, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Admission to the museums is free. The canal is also an excellent place to spot wildlife. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks!

Reviews

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5/5
Outstanding experience!

More than a kayak tour! Pat also pointed out all the birds (incl ospreys!) and taught us about local, ecology and history. He also took pictures of us so we didn’t have to risk dropping our phones in the canal. This is the perfect way to explore the amazing water ways of the Finger lakes. We even went through a lock! Definitely the highlight of our trip 🙂 100% would book another tour next time.

5/5
Awesome experience!

Beautiful and peaceful trip on the canal. Our tour guide was excellent, making sure we were comfortable every step of the way. He was knowledgeable and informed us about the wildlife and history of the entire city and more. Recommend 100%!

5/5
Great trip to Seneca Falls!

We had a wonderful day with Patrick as our guide! He was patient, knowledgeable, and helpful every step of the way, whether about the birds we saw, the history of the canal, or anything else we needed. The trip itself was great — going through the Oak Island lock, through the beautiful countryside, and into Seneca Falls for a nice lunch and trip to the museum. Highly recommended!!

5 stars - based on 3 reviews
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excursion

Kayak the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, a spur of the New York State Erie Canal System, and visit the historic town of Seneca Falls, birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

Staring at Oak Island in Waterloo, N.Y., we will go through Lock 4 on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and paddle east 3.5 miles to Van Cleef Lake in downtown Seneca Falls. Exiting the canal at the public docks, you can explore the downtown area. After lunch and exploring downtown, we will kayak the 3.5 miles back to Oak Island, completing this 7-mile journey in 5-6 hours.

Skill level

This full day kayak is for beginners looking to try kayaking for the first time and those with more experience who would enjoy a pleasant day learning about local history.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at 10:30AM to gear up and learn paddling and safety basics.
  • Start at Oak Island at 11:00AM
  • Arrive at the public docks in Seneca Falls 12:30PM to 1:00PM
  • Leave Seneca Falls after lunch and exploring downtown at 3:00PM
  •  Arrive back at Oak Island between 4:30 and 5:00 PM

Details

Parking at Oak Island Boat Launch is free, and the restrooms are well maintained. Highlights include locking through, a unique experience, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Admission to the museums is free. The canal is also an excellent place to spot wildlife. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks!

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