After a long drive from NH with an overnight pit stop in Ithaca, I made it to Rochester in time for Thursday night Rough Riders. Due to Big Purple's poor fuel economy when suspended in the air (the fuel economy on the water is infinite!), I was without my boat this weekend. This forced me to continue boat shopping by trying 3 new boats. For this paddle, Heather kindly lent me her beautiful low volume Romany. The deck is a lot lower on this boat than on my Valley Avocet, which made my legs fall asleep. My knees need their space! The Romany also has a much flatter hull (bottom) than my boat.
We put in around 8:30am at the south end of the lake at Scott Park. During the short paddle down the inlet, we were welcomed by the fumes of burning garbage, but luckily that passed once we got to the lake...
It’s a cute little lake located about ten miles southeast of Watkins Glen. It's named after the Senecan Princess Kayutah, whose mother filled the lake with tears after her daughter was kidnapped. The east and west shores are lined with houses and trailers. The put-in is at the north end.
We canoed around the lake, stopping to check out the inlet and outlet at the north and south ends of the lake, respectively. We saw some big beaver dams (one completely blocked off the outlet channel). The ferns were beautiful in the evening sun. I would show you a picture, but I decided it would be a good idea to set my camera on the back of my car before driving away along the bumpy dirt road. oh well. maybe it will turn up.
Thunderstorms were in the forecast, so it was quite exciting when the wind picked up and the temperature dropped just as we reached the far end of the lake. Click "Read More" to see a map of the route.
After getting a serious case of “kayaker’s high” from the gorgeous paddle the night before, Rob, Ben, and I decided to meet up at 8am at Taughannock State Park to squeeze in another morning paddle. We put in on the north shore of the park...
On Sunday night, Rob, Ben, and I drove up to Long Point State Park for an evening exploration of a new part of Cayuga Lake. We put in at Long Point State Park near Aurora, NY, on the east side of the lake...
Owasco is a fun little lake with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. On a windy day you can explore the inlet instead of paddling on the lake. To get to the put-in at the south end of the lake, drive to Southshore Marina and take the little dirt road at the back of the parking lot. You will end up at a small parking lot near where the inlet meets the lake...
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