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Cayuga Lake, NY

Lake Size: 42,956 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 96 Miles
Deepest Depth: 435 ft
Latitude: 42.683333
Longitude: -76.696111
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 382 ft
Counties: Cayuga County

Information: Over 350 million years ago, during the Devonian period, the whole Finger Lakes area was under a shallow saltwater sea. Over time, sediments from mountains to the east filled in the sea, eventually forming the typical shale, siltstone and sandstone rock found in this area. The skeletal remains of sea creatures formed layers of limestone, and deposits from the seawater created the thick salt layers now mined from below the lake. Cayuga Lake as we know it was formed during the next recorded chapter of local geological history -- the Ice Age. Prior to the start of Ice Age two million years ago, what is now Cayuga Lake was a valley with a north flowing river running through it. A series of ice sheets flowing southward from Hudson Bay, and then receding, carved out the Finger Lakes. These glaciers were often on the magnificent scale of over a mile high.
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Cayuga lake is very popular among recreational boaters. A large state marina and boat launch is located at the southern end of the lake in Ithaca (Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, the largest inland marina in New York). There are two yacht clubs on the western shore: Ithaca Yacht Club a few miles north of Ithaca, and Red Jacket Yacht Club just south of Canoga. There are several other marinas and boat launches scattered along the lake shore.

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