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Cayuga Lake State Park

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ALERT: For the latest information about the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla and for possible closure dates of the Cayuga Inlet visit:
The Cornell Cooperative Extension

Swimming will be closed on Thursday, 9/1 & Friday, 9/2 at Cayuga Lake.

2678 Lower Lake Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Latitude 42.896088
Longitude -76.753365

Cayuga Lake State Park's terrain is flat at lakeshore, where the beach and sun lawns are, then slopes gently uphill to campsites and cabins. The scenic highlight of the park is its expansive view of Cayuga Lake. In the shallow water near the park, largemouth bass, bullheads and carp thrive. In deeper water, anglers can catch northern pike, small mouth bass, lake trout, landlocked salmon and many other varieties of fish. The park has a boat launch, playground, playing field.

The vacation rental at Cayuga Lake State Park is located off Lower Lake Road on Cayuga Lake and is shaded by mature trees. The park provides lake rights, across Lower Lake Road, on the lake. Spacious grounds with picnic tables and a campfire ring adorn the property and a lakefront dock is available for tenants. The vacation rental has a fully enclosed porch with a view of Cayuga Lake. Indoor amenities include a dining room and counter space that can seat eight for meals, full kitchen with a stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer & dryer, sink, flatware, plates, glasses, pots, pans, cooking utensils, one and a half baths, heat, hot water/shower, three bedrooms (two with double beds and one with two single beds), and a sleeper sofa (sleeps two) in the living room. Bedding linen and towels are not provided. For further information please contact the park.

Pavilion Reservation Information

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Proof of rabies vaccination must be Veterinarian's certificate--the collar tag will not be accepted as proof.  Pets are not allowed in bathing areas or vacation rental.  For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • 2016 Camping Season (Campsites, Cabins, Cottages): 4/22 - 10/24

    *Please note within the camping season time frame, some loops/sites may be open later or close earlier. For more information, please call the park or visit

  • 2016 Swimming Season:
    5/28-6/19, weekends and holidays only 11am - 7pm
    6/25 - 9/5, daily 11am - 7pm
  • Boat Launch: 5/1- 10/10

  • Shelters/Pavilions: Available 4/22 - 10/24

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Cars: $7
    Non-Commercial Bus: $35
    Commercial Bus: $75 
    Seasonal Bus Permits: $75

    5/27 - 6/19, 9 AM - 5 PM, weekends & holidays
    6/25 - 9/5, 9 AM - 5 PM, daily
    9/10 - 10/10, 9 AM - 5 PM, weekends & holidays
  • Boat Launch
  • $7

    *Collected via automated pay station (accepts debit & credit cards).
  • Camping/Cabins/Cottage
  • Camping:
    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons

    Per night: daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge
    Per week: $238-$400

    Additional $7/week for non-NYS residents
    Additional $28/week for non-NYS residents

    Per night: $125
    Per week: $500
    Per week, peak season: $800
  • Peddling Fee
  • $400
  • Shelter Information & Rates
  • Upper Bathhouse/Lodge: $125.00
    Tompkins Shleter: $50.00
    Open: $75.00
    Enclosed: $75.00
    These rates are daily regardless of peak season.


Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Small game (see schedule below for specifics) hunting is permitted in late season ONLY. Hunters must be in boats at all times. Please reference the NYS DEC Hunting & Trapping Guide for current dates and rules.

  • 2015-16 Hunting Schedule for Finger Lakes State Parks & Historic Sites
  • Duck & goose hunting at Cayuga Lake State Park is late season only. All hunters must be in boats at all times.

A valid New York State hunting license with the proper hunting stamps will serve as the regional hunting permit. Except where otherwise stated, this is the only permit necessary.

Safety zones and restricted areas are posted to ensure the safety of other park patrons and regional personnel. Signs will be posted at all parks during hunting season to notify patrons of this activity. Handguns will not be permitted in any of the parks.

For additional information, please contact Cayuga Lake State Park at: (315) 568-5163

Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 AM
Cayuga Lake State Park
(315) 568-5163

Project/Event Description: Weeding and planting next to the park office.

Project/Event Description: Litter clean up

Project/Event Description: Painting picnic tables


Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible)
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Campsites (Accessible)
  • Cottages * One cottage.
  • Dumping Stations * One dump station available.
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Ice Fishing
  • X-Country Skiing