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Kayaking at the north end of Seneca Lake

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Excursion

Kayak from the Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva NY along the northern shore of Seneca Lake and into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and back.

Starting at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, we will paddle along the northern shore of Seneca Lake to the entrance of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. From there we will enter the Canal while looking for signs of the season and the majestic blue herons that roost along its banks. After paddling a mile up the canal, we will turn around and return to Seneca Lake. Paddling from the mouth of the Canal you will enjoy excellent views of Seneca Lake State Park and downtown Geneva. This 6.5-mile tour will take about 3 hours to complete.

Skill Level

This half day tour is for beginners who would like to try kayak touring for the first time and for those with more experience who would enjoy a few hours on the water with beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at 11:00AM to gear up and learn paddling and safety basics.
  • Start from the public docks at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center at 11:30AM.
  • Paddle to the entrance of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.
  • Enter the canal and paddle roughly one mile.
  • Paddle back to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center by around 2:00PM.

Details

The Welcome Center features a Taste NY Market, which offers hot and cold lunch options such as seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches, all made from fresh ingredients and products grown and produced by local farmers. The Taste NY Market also sells New York-made beer, wine and cider. Parking is free and the restrooms are well maintained. We can stop for a restroom break and stretch at the Seneca Lake State Park Beach half way through the tour. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Dress in layers and synthetic fabrics. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are also highly recommended.

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Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Relaxing Adventure

What a calm and tranquil way to see the finger lakes! Patrick was patient and knowledgeable about the boats and region we were touring (Seneca Lake – Erie Canal). We paddled around 6 miles and saw blue heron along the canalways after the Seneca Yacht club. Would recommend to anyone looking to exercise and have serene views along the way. Thank you!

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5/5
Seneca Lake Tour

The tour of the mighty Seneca was great! Our guides were great, both very knowledgeable on Kayaking and of the scenery! Great family day, I totally recommend!

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Seneca Lake Tour

The expectation of a Kayak tour on Seneca Lake turned out to be the highlight of the day! We were greeted by our guides Dennis and Patrick who were well prepared and set the positive mood for the trip. They provided guidance and assurance you could maneuver the water and enjoy the scenery of Seneca Lake and the Canal.They enlightened us about the wildlife and local history while paddling and seeing the lake from a new perspective. Swallows flew over our heads alongside the new growth of spring. A relaxing and peaceful way to spend a day. I would highly recommend Kayak Time! You will smile a long time after the paddling is done.

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5/5
Seneca Lake Tour

We had a wonderful time on the lake and the canal. Patrick was a great tour guide and also proved to be a good photographer. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys a fun time on the water.

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5/5
Tour

We did the Seneca Lake tour with Patrick yesterday. So much fun. Patrick was engaging and informative about the lake and the area. Would definitely do it again.

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5

Had a great time even on a busy holiday like the 4th of July it was a blast i cant wait to go again

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5

Had a blast today the view was amazing and ride was very smooth even though today was very busy since it’s the 4th of July I cant wait to continue on this adventure with kayaking Patrick is very good with answering any questions you have and gives all the answers to your questions I highly recomend if you love the water then this kayaking tour is for you

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Exceptional Service

We had a great time on lake Seneca with Patrick as our tour guide. He arrived early to help everyone with the gear and move the kayaks. He took care of everything, from moving the kayaks to taking pictures. This allowed us to make the most out of our experience. He was knowledgeable and skilled. I highly recommend this tour and will certainly be doing it again!

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Awesome Time

We had a awesome time kayaking yesterday!! Patrick was a great knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. He took care of all the details, did great job explaining what to do and what to expect. We got to see wildlife like a muskrat swimming, ducks sunning themselves and he filled us in about history and different things we paddled by. He also took pictures of your day for us. We highly recommend this tour and will look to do another tour in the future

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Fun Adventure!

We enjoyed our Seneca-Cayuga tour very much! Patrick is a wonderful guide, friendly with a wealth of knowledge about the area’s history, culture, and wildlife. Kayak Time Tours uses high quality equipment that helped us feel safe and confident as fairly novice kayakers, and we look forward to our next tour!

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Fun, fun!

Our group of five enjoyed our Seneca Lake kayak tour. Our guide Patrick was great. He was patient with the younger paddlers and we enjoyed his interesting facts and knowledge about the region. Look forward to coming back and trying a different tour!

Review for Seneca Lake
5/5
Beautiful experience

My family and I very much enjoyed this trip! It was a highlight of our visit. Honestly the walk up the glen was more physically challenging! I did not see that coming. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area. We also felt very safe with him. Highlights included seeing two bald eagles, a peregrine nest with a chick, jumping fish, and a slew of Mallards, in addition to the cliffs, many smaller falls, and the big attraction, the Hector Falls.

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Excursion

Kayak from the Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva NY along the northern shore of Seneca Lake and into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and back.

Starting at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, we will paddle along the northern shore of Seneca Lake to the entrance of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. From there we will enter the Canal while looking for signs of the season and the majestic blue herons that roost along its banks. After paddling a mile up the canal, we will turn around and return to Seneca Lake. Paddling from the mouth of the Canal you will enjoy excellent views of Seneca Lake State Park and downtown Geneva. This 6.5-mile tour will take about 3 hours to complete.

Skill Level

This half day tour is for beginners who would like to try kayak touring for the first time and for those with more experience who would enjoy a few hours on the water with beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at 11:00AM to gear up and learn paddling and safety basics.
  • Start from the public docks at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center at 11:30AM.
  • Paddle to the entrance of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.
  • Enter the canal and paddle roughly one mile.
  • Paddle back to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center by around 2:00PM.

Details

The Welcome Center features a Taste NY Market, which offers hot and cold lunch options such as seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches, all made from fresh ingredients and products grown and produced by local farmers. The Taste NY Market also sells New York-made beer, wine and cider. Parking is free and the restrooms are well maintained. We can stop for a restroom break and stretch at the Seneca Lake State Park Beach half way through the tour. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Dress in layers and synthetic fabrics. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are also highly recommended.

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