Cayuga Lake

related topics
{island, water, area}
{area, community, home}
{day, year, event}
{line, north, south}
{work, book, publish}
{system, computer, user}
{album, band, music}
{city, population, household}
{style, bgcolor, rowspan}

Cayuga Lake (English pronunciation: /keɪˈjuːɡə/ or /kaɪˈjuːɡə/)  is the longest of central New York's glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area (marginally smaller than Seneca Lake) and second largest in volume. It is just under 40 miles (64 km) long. Its average width is 1.7 miles (2.7 km), and it is 3.5 mi wide (5.6 km) at its widest point near Aurora. It is approximately 435 ft deep (133 m) at its deepest point.

Contents

Location

The city of Ithaca, New York, site of Ithaca College and Cornell University, is located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. Cornell's alma mater or official school song makes reference to its position "Far Above Cayuga's Waters", while that of Ithaca College references "Cayuga’s shore".

Villages and settlements along the east shore of Cayuga Lake include Myers, King Ferry, Aurora, Levanna, Union Springs, and Cayuga. Settlements along the west shore of the lake include Sheldrake, Poplar Beach, and Canoga.

The lake has one small island near Union Springs, Frontenac Island. It is one of only two islands in the Finger Lakes.

Geographical characteristics

Cayuga Lake is located at 42°41′00″N 76°41′46″W / 42.6833333°N 76.69611°W / 42.6833333; -76.69611; 116.4 metres (382 ft) above sea level. Its depth, steep east and west sides with shallow north and south ends is typical of the Finger Lakes, as they were carved by glaciers during the last ice age.

  • Length: 61.4 km (38.2 mi)
  • Average width: 2.8 km (1.7 mi)
  • Maximum depth: 132 m (433 ft)
  • Surface area: 172 km2 (66 sq mi)
  • Mean depth: 54.5 m (179 ft)
  • Catchment area: 2,033 km² (37.1% natural forest, 58% active agricultural)
  • Main islands: 1, Frontenac
  • Main outflows: 1

Full article ▸

related documents
Geography of Djibouti
Norwegian Sea
Geography of the Czech Republic
Geography of Sierra Leone
Geography of the Pitcairn Islands
Madeira River
Geography of Niue
Namadgi National Park
Chalk
Napo River
Bodmin Moor
Geography of Niger
Snowy Mountains
Microclimate
IJsselmeer
Frobisher Bay
Geography of Western Sahara
Tropics
Klyuchevskaya Sopka
Distributary
Geography of Samoa
Bald Rock National Park
Geography of Croatia
Sea of Marmara
Sayan Mountains
Andaman Sea
Alabama Hills
Narawntapu National Park
North Frisian Islands
Geography of Vietnam