Suggested Local Boating Trips:
GENEVA - Just ten minutes from the marina. Docking is available at the Ramada Inn. From there it is a quick walk to downtown where there is a nice selection of restaurants and the Smith Opera House. About two miles south, docking is available at Belhurst Castle for spectacular views and fine dining.
WATKINS GLEN - The southern-most community on Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen is an easy day trip over deep blue unobstructed waters. Stop at Sampson State Park , 12 miles south, on the eastern side of the lake. This is the historic site of both former Navy and Air Force bases. It offers a deep water port with a 123 berth marina. Picnic or visit the Naval/Air Force Museum. Want more solitude, then Lodi Point State Park and Marina at mid-lake on the eastern side offers a rural respite and sheltered port. Just south of Long Point, on the west side at mid-lake, are two restaurants with docking available.
Watkins Glen offers a yacht club as well as commercial marina facilities for docking. Village Marine is adjacent to the public fishing pier and tour boat dock. It is behind the protective sea wall and within the village for easy access to restaurants and other services. Other dockings are on the canal portion of Catharine Creek and still within a reasonable walk to the downtown area. Watkins, aside from sports car racing, is perhaps best known for its antique shops and picturesque state park gorge.
MUD LOCK & SENECA FALLS - Cross the Seneca-Cayuga Canal through three locks, one at Waterloo and two at Seneca Falls, and you enter Cayuga Lake. Turn south toward Ithaca or north through Mud Lock and into the Barge Canal. Both Mud Lock or the municipal wall at Seneca Falls, are short trip destination points for boaters. Limited electric service and facilities are offered at both Mud Lock and Seneca Falls. In Seneca Falls, the dockage provides ready access to museums, festivals, restaurants and other points of interest. Mud Lock provides a wilderness-like safe harbor. It is a frequent stopover before starting a longer journey toward Lake Ontario at Oswego, Albany and the Hudson River, or Buffalo and Lake Erie. South of Mud Lock are the open waters of Cayuga Lake. Immediately west of the navigation channel of the canal is a boater's sandbar, marked by spar buoys. Use extreme caution in your approach but because of its shallow water, hundreds of nautical types enjoy this as their private swimming hole.
ITHACA - Ten miles and three short locks from Barrett Marine, the green/blue waters of Cayuga Lake begin. Another 38 miles and you are in Ithaca at the southern-most point of Cayuga Lake. Be careful as you navigate out of the Seneca-Cayuga Canal; do not cut corners. Old duck blind supports can have you shopping for a new prop in a matter of minutes. Once past the twin buoys in the upper portion of the lake, you will have clear water until you reach the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca. The potential stops for this cruise include municipal dockage at Union Springs, Long Point State Park, or Myers Point Park on the east side. On the west side, south of Sheldrake at Kidders Landing, are two restaurants which cater to boaters. Further south, Taughannock State Park offers small boat dockage or lakeside walls for larger craft within walking distance to a snack bar or one of the more famous Finger Lakes dining experiences, the Taughannock Farms Inn. The gorge at the park is impressive. It is the highest vertical single water-drop, 215 feet, in the eastern United States.
Navigation markers guide you into the Cayuga Inlet. Allen H. Treman State Marine Park is cut into the western shore. A deep water port, it provides the usual state facilities for boaters. You may also cruise further up the channel and seek commercial accommodations and services associated with downtown Ithaca. Restaurants with limited dockage on the channel are also available.
MONTEZUMA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - A delightful nature discovery trip, the refuge is bordered by the Seneca-Cayuga Canal on the south and the Barge Canal on the east and north. Cruise slowly along these channels with binoculars at hand. Great Blue Herons will be fishing in the shallows. Waterfowl will be winging overhead in the spring and fall as hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese use the refuge as a resting and staging area on their migrations. Deer are likely to be seen along the shores sharing space with sunning turtles. There are no immediate dockage facilities but you don't need them; you have the perfect observation platform.
LAKE ONTARIO - Thirteen locks separate Barrett Marine from Lake Ontario. While the voyage can be accomplished in one day, it is more enjoyable to split the trip in two. Fulton municipal docks offer transit dockage in the hub of the community giving you ready access to shops and restaurants. It is also slightly more than half-way so on the second day, you could push to cross the waters of Ontario, if desired. The eastern ports of Sackets Harbor or the St Lawrence River towns of Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay or Clayton are favorite boater destinations. Should Lake Ontario be cluttered with waves, Oswego offers both public and commercial marina facilities within the city limits.