Cayuga-Seneca Canal Kayak

September 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

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View from Cayuga-Seneca Canal looking towards Seneca Falls

Late in the afternoon on a hot and lazy Saturday I drop my kayak into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal right outside of Waterloo. The water is surprisingly clear and there is little current making it ideal for self-propelled paddlers.

There are lots of river dwellers to observe — heron, kingfishers, sunfish, ducks, and painted turtles. They are used to the boat traffic, but not used to me when I tried to sneak up close for a picture.

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Great Blue Heron posing

The Cayuga-Seneca Canal is a 16 mile section of the Seneca River, which flows 61.6 miles from west to east, starting at Seneca Lake flowing east through the Montezuma Marsh, at the north end of Cayuga Lake to Three-Rivers (Onondaga County) where it combines with the Oneida and Oswego Rivers, with the Oswego River then emptying into Lake Ontario.

Between Seneca Lake and Seneca Falls, the canal flows parallel to routes 5 and 20, making it much easier to drop in a kayak. This section of the river gets a lot of motorboat traffic (Limit 6 mph) many of whom are fisherman.

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Turtles are camera shy

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Pretty detour off of the canal

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Chasing Kingfishers

Where can you drop your kayak into the water? Here is a list of marinas:

Cayuga Marina, 6721 River Road Route 90, Cayuga, NY 13034, (315) 252-5754

Seneca Falls Harbor, 60 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, (315) 568-2703

Waterloo Harbor & Campground, 1278 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 539-8848

Hidden Harbor Marina, 1076 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 539-8034

A & B Marinem, 634 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 781-1755

Inland Harbor Marina, 608 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 789-7255

Barrett Marine Inc., 485 W. River Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 789-6605

Montour Falls Marina, Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865, (607) 535-9397

Stiver’s Seneca Marine, 401 Boody’s Hill Road, Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 789-5520

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Cayuga-Seneca Canal

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Showing the entire path of the Seneca River

Other places to launch a kayak along the Seneca River :

Cayuga Co. In the Town of Aurelius along Lock Rd. just off Rt. 90 in the Hamlet of Mud Lock. Concrete ramp. Parking for 10 vehicle. Restrooms.
Cayuga Co. At the bridge on Bonta Bridge Rd. 2 mi./3.2 km. east of the Village of Weedsport. Hand launching. Parking for 10 vehicles.

Cayuga Co. Mosquito Point. On Rt. 38, 3 mi./4.8 km. north of the Village of Port Byron just north of a large trestle bridge. Hard surface launching ramp. Non-motorized boats only. Parking for 15 vehicles and trailers.

Cayuga Co. Howland Island. Off Rt. 38 3.5 mi./5.6 km. north of the Village of Port Byron. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 23 vehicles.

Town of Tyre. At the Barge Canal in the Montzuma Wildlife Refuge, off Rt. 20. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 25 vehicles.

Wayne Co. Town of Savannah. Where Railroad Rd. meets the river. Car-top launch. Parking for 3 vehicles.

Wayne Co. Howland Island. At the end of Carncross Rd. Car-top launch. Parking for 5 vehicles.

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  • 1. norbert  |  April 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

    fantastic place love fuzzy guppies human powered watercraft in waterloo ny

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