Looking forward to a peaceful lake vacation in the Finger Lakes region of New York State?
If you live in New York, you don't have to go far to have a wonderful lake vacation.
Since New York has over 7,600 lakes, ponds and reservoirs surrounding wonderful little towns in New York State, Upstate New York hidden gem sites and a number of natural marvels nearby, this is the case.
Check out our top 20+ finest lakes in upstate New York for the ultimate New York getaway if you're looking for a relaxing break by one of our state's gorgeous lakes.
Lakes to Visit in Upstate New York:
1) Green Lake (Green Lake State Park)
Green and Round Lakes, both of which are part of Green Lake State Park, are among the state's most stunning natural features.
The reason for this is because of their crystal-clear turquoise hue.
Both lakes are formed by glaciers and have their own distinct ecosystems that formerly supported plant and animal life.
Green Lake is notable for having a unique coral reef.
Microscopic creatures shaped "Deadman's Point" over the course of thousands of years.
Flowers and fish alike have a safe haven in this delicate freshwater reef.
Because of the park's significance to the lake's ecosystem and its vulnerability, boaters are subject to a set of restrictions.
There is no access to Green Lake without renting a kayak or rowboat from the park's Boat House.
2) Cayuga Lake
Cayuga Lake, the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, is a breathtaking sight.
There are several ways to appreciate this unique lake.
To begin, go to Cayuga Lake State Park in New York.
There is a flat beach where you may swim seasonally and a rolling terrain leading up to your campground.
Visit one of the other Cayuga Lake State Parks if you like.
The trails in Allan H. Treman State Marine Park connect to fantastic ones, and there's also public boating access.
Taughannock Falls State Park has several locations where you may swim, as well as summer concerts.
Take a wine-tasting boat excursion on Cayuga Lake for an unforgettable boating experience.
You may also hire a private boat to transport you around if you want.
If you'd rather drive, check out the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway to see all of the lake's stunning vistas.
3) Seneca Lake
Seneca Lake is not only New York's deepest lake, but is also the biggest of the Finger Lakes.
It's one of my favorite places to stay in the Finger Lakes because it's centrally located near so many famous attractions.
Rent a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and explore Seneca Lake up close.
Alternatively, go on a cruise or boat excursion.
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a must-do while in the area as well.
Lakeshore land is ideal for cultivating crops because of the chilly microclimate.
So, if you follow the Wine Trail, you'll come across some of the best wines as well as some of the most beautiful scenery.
4) Keuka Lake
Keuka Lake is another excellent lake to explore when in New York State.
This lake, the third biggest in the Finger Lakes area, is unusual in that it is shaped like a Y.
This lake's drainage system also has an unusual feature: it flows backwards from south to north.
There are no other lakes like it in the country.
Visit the Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars while on your upstate New York lake vacation.
The winery is tucked away in the undulating hills of the Keuka Lake region.
You may also go to Keuka Lake State Park, where you'll get a great view of Lake Keuka below while you're there.
Finally, pay a visit to the sleepy hamlet of Penn Yan in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
Sweet Town offers access to Keuka Lake Outlet Trail located on the lake's northern point.
Seneca Lake connects Penn Yan, New York, and Dresden, New York, through a 7-mile path.
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