Special Experiences from a Kayak in the Finger Lakes & Central Regions of NY         

Pity those who only rely on their car for transportation. They miss so many unique sights and adventures. If you’re willing to paddle a kayak you can go, see, and experience some aspects of the Finger Lakes region that few get to see.

  1. Paddle among the river otters. Honeoye Inlet (at the south end of Honeoye Lake) was a release point for the river otter restoration project.
  2. Lock through an Erie Canal lock. Sitting at the bottom of a lock chamber in a kayak makes you feel mighty small. The noises of the lock tender shifting gears and the lock doors clanking and grinding as they open and close is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not to be missed. Just be sure to take a pair of gloves to protect your hands as you hold onto the cable that runs from top to bottom in the lock. Locks can be found in Macedon, Palmyra, Newark, Lyons, Clyde, Galen, Montezuma, Seneca Falls, and Clay.
  3. Chimney Bluffs is a glacial moraine that has been cut into artistic peaks and spires along the shore of Lake Ontario by the forces of wind and water. On a calm day, paddle along the shore of Lake Ontario and gaze up in wonder at this work of natural art.
  4. Sand dunes in New York State? You bet! Paddle Deer Creek to Lake Ontario and near the shore you’ll pass through a series of sand dunes.
  5. Paddle under the Erie Canal. Nine Mile Creek flows under the Erie Canal which is carried high overhead in an arched aqueduct. Now, where else can you do that?
  6. Paddle through Ninemile Swamp on the Sangerfield River where wildlife and wildflowers will be your escort. This is a true escape into nature.

Maps and details for each of these special experiences and others can be found in the guidebook “Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks.”