The following is a list of places I've paddled in Upstate New York.
Click on a location to open a blog post with a map, put-in details, and description/story of the route with photos.
Finger Lakes (from west to east)
Here's the Elmira 1:250,000 USGS topographic quad that includes all the Finger Lakes (it's a big file, so it might take a while to load).
Other Upstate New York Destinations
Irondequoit Bay - Southern End
Don't forget to check out the Great Lakes Region page for Lake Ontario paddles in Upstate New York.
Click on an icon to learn more about the amenities and conditions at each location, as well as a link to a blog post with more detail.
Camping, Hiking, and other Activities
Bear Swamp State Forest (XC skiing)
Green Lakes State Park (walk)
Onondaga Lake (bike trail)
[these haven't been transferred from the old site yet.]
Kayaking Organizations & Links
BayCreek Paddling Center, Inc.
Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Rentals and Sales
When I was 8-year-old, my parents signed me up for kids kamp at BayCreek, which I attended until I aged out at 12-years-old. For the next two years I washed boats in exchange for free kayak rentals. At 14 I was officially hired and began cashiering and helping out with kids camp. And so began my 9 years of working at BayCreek...
BayCreek Rough Riders
Sea Kayaking Group
Rough Riders is group of paddlers in Rochester that's organized by BayCreek. Every summer Thursday night (6-8pm) they meet at Durand Beach on Lake Ontario in hopes that the surf will be up! See website for more information, including prerequisites. I was an active member of Rough Riders from its inception in 2007 until I moved to California in 2011. Now I just try to make an annual appearance :)
Cornell Outdoor Education
Gear Rentals and Outdoor Courses & Trips
A group of outdoor enthusiasts of all types that want to share their respective love (paddling, climbing, backpacking, skiing, etc.) with other Cornell students and Ithaca residents. During my time in Ithaca, I taught sea kayaking and worked as a "wizard" in the gear rental/outfitting department.
There are kayaking (whitewater and sea kayaking) and canoeing courses offered every semester. Also, an informal group of COE paddlers and others spend Thursday evenings kayaking on Cayuga Lake. Contact me if you'd like me to put you in touch with the organizer.