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Seneca Lake State Park

1 Lakefront Dr.

Geneva, NY 14456


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The southern end of Seneca Lake State Park is also the point where the Cayuga-Seneca Canal meets Seneca Lake. 


Seneca Lake State Park is located in Seneca County just off State Rts. 5 & 20 on the northeast corner of Seneca Lake next to the City of Geneva. The lake front of the park makes up part of an entire lake front complex in the City. The park is within easy driving distance of many of the fine antique dealers in Ontario County and Seneca County and some of the many wineries around Seneca Lake.



The focal point of the park is the lake. It offers a wide variety of recreational activities for both children and adults.


Children will especially enjoy the sprayground with its 100 spontaneous jets of water. Lounge chairs around the perimeter of the sprayground allow parents to stay close while enjoying the sun. Toilets and a bathhouse are nearby.


Children play in the sprayground at Seneca lake State park on a warm day in June.


The playground is conveniently located next to the sprayground and is designed for children ages 4-12. A consession stand is strategically placed just outside the playground.


Two boys play at the playground at Seneca Lake State Park.


The park has a sand-covered beach area on the lake shore for sunning and swimming when a guard is present.


The park also has acres of mowed grass that can be used for group games such as volleyball, baseball, and soccer.


One of the most interesting features of the park are the huge quaking aspens that stand like sentenials, providing welcome shade to the picnic areas. The park also has 4 lodges that can be used by groups for reunions and small weddings.


A linear park, Seneca Park State Park has a long, paved road ideal for biking. In addition, there is a paved trail for walking, jogging, The Lakefront Trail, part of the Lakefront Park in Geneva.and biking called the Lakefront Trail that runs from the marina at the southern end of the park 2.5 mi./4 km. along the lake front past the visitor's center at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and the Ramada Inn, ending at Long Pier where there is a concession stand, toilets and bike rentals. Transient vehicle parking is available at various places in the park, at the visitor's center, or at Long Pier. (For more information see: Lakefront Park)


Between State Rts. 5 & 20 and the main road running through the park is a long natural area with a pond and various grasses, shrubs, and trees. A trail through part of this area has been mowed and is worth a walk. You can start the trail at the Seneca Lake State Park sign just before you approach the ticket booth. (Park in the gravel area directly across the road.) Once you begin the trail, you'll have the option of going either right or left. The path to the right provides the best view of the pond but dead-ends shortly after that. The path to the left winds around and eventually comes out on the road through the park not far after the ticket booth. It's an easy walk back to your vehicle. The entire walk is probably about 1.5 mi./2.4 km. at the most. Watch for native birds hiding in the vegetation. Early in spring, there should be mallards on the pond.


Cattail leaves wave in the wind around the pond at Seneca Lake State Park.


Because the Cayuga-Seneca Canal* enters/exits Seneca Lake at the southern end of the park, the park provides a variety of facilities for boaters. The park also has 2 well-equipped marinas with 132 electric slips and 84 non-electric slips. Transient slips are available at both marinas.


Seneca Lake State Park has electric slips at the southern end of the park along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.


Next to the non-electric slips is a boat launch into a A boat enters the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.side channel. This is where you should launch a canoe or kayak. This canal will take you to a T. If you turn left, you will enter the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Taking a right will lead you to the lake.


*The Cayuga-Seneca Canal runs between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes and allows boats to travel between the two lakes by water. For more information on the Canal see Wikipedia and New York State Canals.


This launch feeds into a side channel that leads to the Cayuga-Senecal Canal and to Seneca Lake.


Cross-county skiing and snowshoeing are allowing in the park during the winter, though there are no groomed trails. Dog must be leashed at all times.


141 acres, no camping


Park plan (pdf)

Key to Services



C-Boat Launch Sites

D-Boat RentalsHuge quaking aspens provide shade for a picnic table.


F-Camper Recreation



I-Dumping Station

J-Empire Passport Accepted





O-Nature Trail


Q-Picnic Tables


S-Playing Fields


U-Recreation Programs





Z-Tent/Trailer Sites

AA-Vacation Rentals

BB-X-Country Skiing

CC-Scenic Views

DD-All above


Updated 30 June 2010








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