Tiohero Tours has resumed its one hour narrated boat trips from the Ithaca Farmers Market around the south end of Cayuga Lake, following the temporary closure to treat the hydrilla infestation of Cayuga Inlet. And there is no better time to see the lake and the fall foliage along its shores than right now!
While the colors are gone on the hilltops in the Finger Lakes, they are still changing along the lake shores, for two reasons. First, the lake is lower, so the climate is a little warmer and the color season starts a little later there. In fact, at about 381 feet above sea level, Cayuga Lake is the lowest of the eleven Finger Lakes. Second, the lake is warmer. The water has been absorbing the sun’s energy all summer and it slowly releases it throughout the fall and even into the winter, moderating the climate.
Another reason fall colors are great from the water is that you can see great distances, more than most places on the land. An added bonus right now is that, with the recent rains, the waterfalls are full. What are dry or nearly dry ravines during much of the year have ribbon waterfalls splashing down the cliffs to the lake!