Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

April 28, 2021

Dan Keefe | Brian Nearing
(518) 486-1868 |

State Parks Adds to Seneca Lake State Park

7.7-Acre Parcel Purchased From City of Geneva Allows Upgraded Park Entrance at Routes 5&20

Seneca Lake State Park entrance rendering available here

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced the purchase of 7.7 acres at the entrance of Seneca Lake State Park from the city of Geneva.

"This addition will enhance the park entrance on Routes 5&20, and presents opportunities for Parks to upgrade the park entrance and improve the ecological resources at the site over time. And, because it will be maintained as parkland forever more, it will also serve as a scenic, green gateway for the City of Geneva for travelers arriving from the east," said Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid.

The $181,400 purchase was funded under the state Environmental Protection Fund. Formerly part of Routes 5&20 until the roadway was realigned, the parcel in the town of Waterloo is currently mowed and separated from the state park by a fence.

"As a City that celebrates and actively creates natural and recreational amenities for all, Geneva was thrilled to collaborate with the NYS OPRHP team to execute the sale of City property for Seneca Lake State Park upgrades," said Geneva City Manager Sage Gerling.

Established in 1958 at the northern end of Seneca Lake, the 141-acre Seneca Lake State Park features swimming, picnicking, biking, fishing, a 216-slip marina and boat launch, sports fields, playgrounds, a sprayground/water park, and ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Since 2010, more than 1.7 million people have visited the park.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 78 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, visit, download the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app or call 518-474-0456. Also, connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.