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Boating At Seneca Lake In New York

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Seneca Lake, New York

Free Public Boating & Watersport Activities

Seneca Lake, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is one of the state's largest and deepest lakes, stretching over 38 miles long. Nestled between picturesque vineyards and rolling hills, the lake offers breathtaking views and a tranquil atmosphere that attracts both locals and tourists alike. Its central location in the Finger Lakes region makes it easily accessible from nearby cities like Geneva and Watkins Glen.

Boating on Seneca Lake is a popular activity, and the lake is well-equipped with marinas and boat launch ramps to accommodate boaters. From leisurely cruises to thrilling water sports, the lake provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts to indulge in their favorite water activities.

One of the major attractions of Seneca Lake is its reputation as a prime fishing destination. The lake is teeming with a variety of fish species, including trout, bass, and salmon, making it a paradise for anglers. Fishing on Seneca Lake is best during the boating season, which typically runs from late spring to early fall when the weather is pleasant and the fish are abundant.

For those who wish to experience the serenity of Seneca Lake for more than just a day, camping is a fantastic option. Several campgrounds around the lake offer a chance to immerse in nature and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding area. Whether it's for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, camping by the shores of Seneca Lake provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of New York's Finger Lakes region.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Fulfill your boating and fishing dreams at Seneca Lake, a 43,000-acre lake central New York. There are close to a dozen marinas and boat ramps scattered along the well over 100 miles of shoreline to serve the boating public. Considered by many to be the lake trout capital of the world, many fishing enthusiasts come here in hopes of catching a monster lake trout or landlocked salmon. Additionally the lake is a fertile fishery for bass, trout, sunfish, perch and pike. The bass and perch fishing are also considered some of the best in the area. Fishing charters and local fishing guides offer fishing trips for most all species in the lake. Much of the shoreline, some of which is accessible for fishing from the bank, is cluttered with aquatic vegetation creating excellent cover for baitfish as well as bass, pike and sunfish.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Sampson State Park Campground - 315 585-6392

Back-Achers Campsite - 607 243-7926

Sunset On Seneca Campsites - 607 582-6030

Clute Park & Campground - 607 535-4438

Watkins Glen / Corning KOA Campground - 607 535-7404

Lake Seneca Map


Fish species found in Seneca Lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, landlocked salmon and northern pike.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Atlantic salmon Northern pike

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Local Contact Information

Sampson State Park Marina
6096 Route 96A
Romulus, NY 14541
315 585-6392

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