One of the many perks to being a resident of New York is that, generally speaking, no matter where you’re living throughout the state, you’re almost always just a short drive away from a gorgeous lake! Whether your passion be fishing, swimming, water skiing, boating or more, all sorts of incredible outdoor activities can be experienced at our enchanting lakes. Ranging in size and depth, all 20 of these New York lakes have extraordinary things to offer, let’s check them out!
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1. Seneca Lake
The largest and deepest of all the New York Finger Lakes, this lake is widely known for its vast amount of wineries and unbelievable Lake Trout!
2. Heart Lake
Seen from the top of Mount Jo, this magical lake is another area of New York loved for its unforgettable campgrounds.
3. Lake Erie
The fourth largest of North America's Great Lakes, Lake Erie has territory in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada! Pictured above you can see the stunning view that the Empire State gets to enjoy from the Buffalo area. Amazing!
4. Lake Ontario
The smallest of North America's Great Lakes, this is also another body of water we share territory with! Although this lake is small compared to the other Great Lakes, internationally speaking it's the 14th largest lake in the world. Wow!
5. Forked Lake
One of New York's more busy lakes, this Adirondack favorite is loved for its fantastic campgrounds.
6. Oneida Lake
Check out this breathtaking beauty! New York's largest lake (that we can entirely claim as our own) comes in at roughly 21 miles long and is simply magical.
7. Canandaigua Lake
The Finger Lakes' fourth largest body of water and home to the smallest island throughout the Finger Lakes, this stunning lake is amazing to see. One of the perks to checking out this area? There's the tasty Canandaigua Wine Trail to explore!
8. Lake Owasco
Coming in at 11-miles long, this is the sixth largest of New York's Finger Lakes. One of the warmest lakes of this region, Owasco Lake is the perfect spot for outdoor activities.
9. Keuka Lake
This "Y" or wishbone-shaped body of water is the only one of the Finger Lakes to flow both north
and south! This area of New York is an absolute must-see, offering delicious wineries, fantastic restaurants and outdoor activities, you'll find it hard to leave!
10. Lake Placid
Having hosted the Winter Olympics twice, this Adirondack area is a popular site to visit. Filled with exciting history and memorable views, this lake is simply incredible!
11. Big Moose Lake
A favorite amongst those visiting New York, Big Moose Lake is a popular area for hiking and water activities. Another reason this lake may sound familiar? In the early 1900s the murder of a girl named Grace Brown took place on the lake and tales of her lingering ghost still exist, making this a sought out area for those seeking the paranormal.
12. Cayuga Lake
Home to one of the only two islands found throughout the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake stretches out to be nearly 40 miles long. Another one of New York's areas that will never leave you thirsty, around the lake you can find over 20 wineries!
13. Mirror Lake
Found not too far from Lake Placid, this area is a popular alternative for tourists wanting to stay near and explore the internationally known region.
14. Greenwood Lake
Sharing part of this stunning body of water with our neighbor New Jersey, Greenwood Lake has been a long time favorite vacation spot in New York. Boating, skiing, fishing, sledding... you name it! This downstate lake offers it all.
15. Honeoye Lake
The most shallow of all the Finger Lakes, this beautiful body of water also happens to be the second smallest lake amongst its Finger Lakes family.
16. Great Sacandaga Lake
Often known as the Sacandaga Reservoir, this body of water was created to help deal with flooding from the nearby rivers.
17. Canadice Lake
The minor Finger Lake gets its name from an Iroquois word meaning "long."
18. Conesus Lake
The westernmost of all the Finger Lakes, this New York body of water is 8 miles long! With an amazing quality of water, Conesus is a favorite area to go ice fishing.
19. Skaneateles Lake
The only one of the Finger Lakes that's not connected to the Erie Canal System, it's also known to have the cleanest and most gorgeous water throughout this region. It's truly a beautiful site to see.
20. Chautauqua Lake
Found out in Chautauqua County in the corner of New York, this gorgeous lake is a popular area to catch some incredible fish!
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