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Reflections on Seneca

If you are looking for peace and quiet, this is the lake for you. The depth of the lake keeps the water temperatures cool enough that lingering in the water is reserved for the most rugged of individuals and fish. Seneca never freezes over because of its size, but frigid temperatures and dock structures can create super interesting ice sculptures. This cooling effect has encouraged the growth of many vineyards which in turn has created some of the best wineries, breweries and distilleries to line it shores. Scuba divers may still be able to find some of the coal barges that have sunk to the bottom. Unfortunately, time has been taking its toll on the structures. The size of the lake als

From Naval Base to State Park

Seneca Lake, our featured Finger Lake for the month of August, is home to two New York State Parks. Seneca Lake Sate Park began as a 141-acre municipal park developed by the city of Geneva in 1922. In 1957 the park was transferred to the state of New York and opened as Seneca Lake State Park. Sampson State Park, a much larger park covering 2,070 acres and located a few miles south of Geneva, was created in 1960. Sampson State Park is a popular destination for boating, picnics, swimming and camping, but did you know that, like its neighbor the former Seneca Army Depot, it has roots in military history? With the outbreak of World War II the second largest naval training station in the count


First of all, on behalf of the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium trustees, staff, and volunteers, I wish to offer our sincere condolences to the people of Seneca County who lost their homes or incurred property damage in the recent flood event this week. We wish a speedy recovery to those families who were affected. This month we are celebrating Seneca Lake as part of our year long focus on the eleven Finger Lakes. At the south end of Seneca Lake lies the picturesque village of Watkins Glen, home to one of America’s best state parks and where American auto road racing experienced its revival. Last Saturday, the FLM&A Adventure Team set out for Watkins Glen State Park with the intent of hiking

Paddle Keuka 5K - 2018 Results & Sponsors

Many thanks to all of the participants, sponsors, staff & volunteers who made the 2018 Paddle Keuka 5K a splashing success! We had so much fun and look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Fossil Hunting at Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake is well known as the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, but lesser known is the abundance of marine fossils to be found on the north half of the lake. About 385 million years ago, a shallow sea covered most of western and central New York during the Middle Devonian. Located near the equator, a coral reef community thrived until the Late Devonian mass extinction about 375 - 360 million years ago. Animals that were common during that time period were brachiopods, gastropods, bivalves, corals, trilobites, shelled cephalopods and crinoids (Sea Lilies). Fossil hunting is one of my favorite hobbies. For me it is like a treasure hunt! Living in Dundee, I frequent spots from Severn


One of the things I love about summer is the ability to do almost everything outside. Enjoying an outdoor concert is a beautiful thing, and in Canandaigua, we are fortunate to have the CMAC venue at the Finger Lakes Community College. This large and popular locale draws some pretty big names from all kinds of musical genre. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) comes to perform each summer, and I had a front row seat for their early July “Red, White, and Boom!” concert. If you enjoy the sound of a full orchestra, the RPO is not to be missed. Their concert series typically covers classical, pop, movie soundtracks (live music while you watch the movie – very cool!), show tunes and more

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