Cayuga Lake is the longest of New York's Finger Lakes, starting at Ithaca in the south and stretching north for almost 40 miles. It's at this northern end of the lake that you'll find Cayuga Lake State Park, a 141-acre park with year-round opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation.
Unsurprisingly, there's plenty to do on, in, and around the water in this pretty park. Anglers can target largemouth bass, bullheads, and carp in shallow spots, or try their luck at snagging northern pike, landlocked salmon, and many other varieties of fish in deeper waters. There's a lakefront dock for park visitors, as well as a swimming beach for anyone looking to escape the summer heat.
Of course, sometimes the best way to enjoy being near the water is to simply sit back, relax, and take in the views. There are plenty of spots to do just that in Cayuga Lake State Park - you can catch some sun on the flat terrain at the water's edge or stroll up the slope to the campsites and cabins to enjoy lovely vistas out over the water.
If you're staying the night, there are more than 260 campsites for tents and RVs as well as 14 cabins. Pets are welcome in the campground and the cabins, but they're not permitted in the on-site cottage.
For those camping with their dog, take note that a two-pet maximum applies to pet-friendly campsites. You'll also need to make sure you stick only to those areas designated as okay for dogs, and that your pooch is always on a leash of six feet or less. Finally, make sure you always clean up after your pet and properly dispose of their waste. It may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it's well worth it to ensure that lovely state parks like this one remain open to our canine companions.