Ithaca Boat Tour on Cayuga Lake

Take a virtual tour of the south end of Cayuga Lake on the MV Haendel with Ithaca Boat Tours, complete with plenty of visualizations, video, historic photos, and more! Watch it here online, or on TV in the Ithaca, NY area.

Explore the geology, history, and ecology of Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Steamboats, railroads, glaciers, waterfalls, cliffs, ancient oceans, mountains, fish, invasive species, state parks, lakeshore hotel, Ezra Cornell, lighthouses, water birds, gorges, rockslides, floods, fires, the Erie Canal, and more!

This is episode 111 of Walk in the Park, our weekly public access TV show on Time Warner Cable channels 13 in Ithgaca, NY. Our 2017 cablecast schedule:

Thursday 8/24 12:30 PM & 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM & 8:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8/29, 11:30 AM & 8:00 PM
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, copyright 2015. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and about Ithaca.

Getting the Drift on Cayuga Lake


Driftwood and other debris at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY

Accumulated debris at Stewart Park along the shore of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY

It’s quite a mess, isn’t it? Logs, branches, other plant material, and trash often wash up to the shore at Stewart Park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY following heavy rains and flash floods in the watershed. Fall Creek and Cayuga Inlet, the two largest streams entering the lake (with the exception of the Seneca River at the extreme northern end) are channelized through the city and shoot their flood-fed pulses of muddy, debris-laden floodwaters into the lake at the farther end of the scene depicted here. Prevailing winds from the west (the horizon) tend to push floating material to the southeast corner of the lake, making a mess at what might otherwise be a nice beach.

This probably explains why the very aggressive invasive aquatic weed hydrilla has recently been found in this area, formerly thought to be confined to Cayuga Inlet where eradication efforts have been working well. This opens up a whole new dimension to the battle to keep this plant from taking over all the shallow areas of the lake and spreading to the entire Finger Lakes-Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system. Find out more in this week’s current episode of Walk in the Park TV, showing here online and this morning (Sunday, 9/8/13) at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access channel 13 (or 97.3), and again finally on Tuesday, 9/10/13 at 8:00 p.m.

College Crew Teams on Cayuga Lake

With the arrival of autumn, Cornell and Ithaca College crew teams are busy practicing on Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake. Upon returning from a late afternoon tour on the lake on the MV Haendel of Tiohero Tours last month, we passed many boats rowing on the calm waters as the sun lowered on West Hill.

Crew boats Cayuga Lake Ithaca College

Two crew boats practice on Cayuga Lake under the direction of the coach's boat.

Crew boat, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca College

Crew boats row through the lowering sun on Cayuga Lake.

Crew boat on Cayuga Lake rows through the sun, Ithaca, NY.

Crew boats, probably Ithaca College, row on Cayuga Lake in the sunlight, Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College crew boat rows near the lighthouse on Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, NY.

A college crew boat rows near one of the lighthouses at the mouth of Cayuga Inlet.

They rowed out to Cayuga Lake from their boathouse (apparently Ithaca College’s) farther up Cayuga Inlet.

Closeup of college crew boat in Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY

In the late afternoon, Cayuga Lake and Cayuga Inlet tend to be calmer, and the light is beautiful, a great time for rowing and for photography.

Tour boat MV Haendel of Tiohero Tours on Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY

The tour boat MV Haendel of Tiohero Tours returns up Cayuga Inlet following a two hour trip on Cayuga Lake, passing college crew teams rowing.