As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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Boating & Water Sports

Get out on the water

Water activities are abundant on our many lakes and waterways including Seneca, Cayuta, Waneta, and Lamoka Lakes, where you can find sailingboatingpaddlingswimmingfishing, and more.

PADDLE

If you'd like to rent a kayak, our outfitters, including Summit to Stream Adventures and Seneca Lake Kayak, can provide expert advice, gear, and even offer guided trips.

FISH

If you'd like to fish but lack a license, be sure to visit Finger Lakes Preserve, a secluded and private rainbow trout fishing preserve that is fully accessible for fishermen and women of all ages and experience levels. We also have a number of expert charter fishing operations and guide services here, all of whom can help get you out on the water and casting a line in no time! There is great fishing on all of the lakes and Catharine Creek boasts one of the best salmon runs in the area each spring. The State of New York fishing regulations is here. And a convenient list of where and how to purchase a fishing license is here.

SWIM

Leave your cares behind as you dip your toes into our sapphire lakes. Be soothed by the sounds of water lapping against a pebble shoreline. You can swim in Seneca Lake at Clute Park in Watkins Glen or Smith Park in Hector. Both parks are open seasonally, with lifeguards on duty. 

SAIL AND CRUISE

Enjoy a lunch of dinner cruise courtesy of Captain Bill's or take one of their shorter, hour-long sightseeing tours aboard The Stroller. Set off on a sunset sail aboard the Schooner True Love. The experience is yours to make! Visit our cruise page here for additional details.

BOAT LAUNCHES

Looking for a place to put in? View our list of boat launches here.

BOAT RENTALS

Want to rent a pontoon or motorboat? View our list of boat rentals and marinas offering rental services here.

Boat Launches

If you like water, you will love what Schuyler County has to offer! Looking for a place to put your boat in the water? There are several...

Cruises

From lunch and dinner cruises to short, hour-long sightseeing cruises, to more involved history and eco-tours, there is a cruise option for...

Sailing

ail the waters of Seneca Lake on a historic schooner. Whether a standard daytime sail, or an unforgettable sunset sail, you're sure to...