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Cayuga Lake is a Lake in Cayuga, New York.

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Cayuga Lake (pronounced either "kā-'yü-gə" or "kī-'yü-gə") is the longest of western New York's glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area (marginally smaller than Seneca Lake) and volume. It is just under 40 miles (64 km) long. Its average width is 1.7 miles (2.7 km), and it is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) wide at its widest point near Aurora. It is approximately 435 ft (133 m) deep at its deepest point.

The lake has one small island near Union Springs, Frontenac Island, which is one of only two islands in all of the Finger Lakes.

Ithaca, New York, site of Cornell University and Ithaca College, sits at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. Cornell's alma mater or official school song makes reference to its position "Far Above Cayuga's Waters".

Villages and settlements along the east shore of Cayuga Lake include Myers, King Ferry, Aurora, Levanna, Union Springs, and Cayuga. Settlements along the west shore of the lake include Sheldrake, Poplar Beach, and Canoga.

Fishing Description: 

Trolling in the south end during April and May is good for landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and northern pike. Tributary fishing is good for rainbow trout during April in Cayuga Inlet, Fall Creek and Salmon Creek. Panfish can be caught in the north end during spring and winter. Lake trout can be found in deeper water during summer by trolling and vertical jigging. Largemouth bass fishing is productive at the north end during spring and summer. Landlocked salmon fishing in tributaries like Fall Creek and Salmon Creek is good during the fall. Ice fishing in north end for panfish and pickerel can be good when there is sufficient ice. Shore fishing with minnows for trout and salmon at Milliken Station during winter can be good.

Facilities and Parks: 

Allan H. Treman State Marina- Route 89, one mile north of city of Ithaca. Concrete ramp. Pumpout. 141 cars and trailers.

Taughannock Falls State Park- Eight miles north of Ithaca on Route 89. Concrete ramp. Pumpout. 16 cars and trailers. (Boat & Shore)

Myers Point, Town of Lansing Park- Off Route 34B (Boat & Shore)

Stewart Park- City of Ithaca (Shore)

Long Point State Park- Off Route 90, one mile southwest of Aurora. Hard surface ramp 35 cars.

Mud Lock- Off Route 90 on River Rd., three miles north of the village of Cayuga. Concrete ramp 16 cars and trailers.

Frontenac Park- Off Route 90, in village of Union Springs.

Cayuga Lake State Park- Rte 89, three miles east of the village of Seneca Falls. Concrete ramp. Pumpout. 50 cars and trailers.

Dean's Cove State Marine Park- On Route 89, 24 miles north of Ithaca. Two concrete ramps. 48 cars and trailers.

Cayuga Lake
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New York
United States
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