Keuka Lake, New York, USA

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Keuka Lake — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!

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All About Keuka Lake

Keuka Lake, nicknamed Lady of the Lakes for its vast natural beauty, boasts two unique characteristics that set it apart from its sister Finger Lakes: First, rather than being long and narrow, Keuka Lake is Y-shaped. This characteristic lends accounts for the lake’s old nickname of Crooked Lake. Second, Keuka empties into Seneca lake-the only Finger Lake that empties into another Finger Lake. At 20 miles long, and up to 2 miles wide, 11,584-acre Keuka Lake is the the third-largest of the Finger Lakes.

Lake levels are controlled by Keuka Lake Outlet Compact, comprised of representatives from eight municipalities around the lake, to prevent flooding around the lake and downstream from the lake. The Keuka Lake Outlet, which drops down 270 feet between Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake, was used for industry and transportation for almost 200 years until 1968. Today the Outlet Trail provides scenic beauty for hikers, bikers, and cross country skiers.

The microclimate caused by Seneca Lake’s deep, cool waters puts Keuka Lake in the middle of wine country. The gentle hills and mountains covered in vineyards create the vistas seen on many postcards of the area. Scenic day trips around the area to view the ever-changing panorama are always popular. Between April and November, visiting local wineries and attending local wine festivals and events is a an annual summer excursion among many familiar with the region.

Keuka Lake State Park provides the perfect launching ground for your vacation, both figuratively and literally. If you own a boat, you can launch it from their marina and temporarily dock it as needed. If you don’t plan to bring your boat with you, rent a power boat and head out into the sparkling waters to enjoy your day. When boating isn’t your pleasure, take a sun nap on the park’s sandy beach or enjoy an afternoon picnic at its picnic tables. If you want to get your heartbeat up, hike the park’s trails and enjoy the wildlife and scenery all around you.

Anglers find themselves dreaming of the record-breaking brown trout, lunker lake trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon that the lake offers up to the determined. Fishermen salivate over the excellent smallmouth and largemouh bass fishing that the lake promises. Children delight in the small panfish they catch. Ice fishermen wait all year to cut holes in the ice and take home winter catches of perch and northern pike. Whatever your angling pleasure, Keuka Lake is sure to scratch the itch.

No matter what your pleasure or recreational taste, Keuka Lake offers myriad options that will please every visitor.

Things to Do at Keuka Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park

Fish Species Found at Keuka Lake

  • Bass
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Trout
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Find Places to Stay at Keuka Lake

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Recommended Sites to Book a Keuka Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Keuka Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Keuka Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Keuka Lake Outlet Compact

Surface Area: 11,584 acres

Shoreline Length: 59 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 714 feet

Average Depth: 101 feet

Maximum Depth: 183 feet

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