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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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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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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