On a map of the Finger Lakes, one in particular stands out: the only one with a fork, resulting in its iconic Y-shape. It's called Keuka Lake which, in the Seneca language, means “lake with an elbow"—and it just may become your favorite place for a Finger Lakes getaway.
Where is Keuka Lake, NY?
The Finger Lakes are a region in upstate New York known for their world-class wines, beautiful outdoors, and peaceful atmosphere. The lake itself measures just under 20 miles from north to south, but because of its Y-shape, is ranked third in size. You can find our Keuka Lake vacation rentals about halfway between Buffalo and New York City.
Things to do near Keuka Lake, NY
Keuka Lake is arguably the most scenic of the Finger Lakes, due to its panoramas of rolling vineyards and forest. The waters are shallow and warm in places, perfect for swimming. Fishing is another draw to the area, particularly for trout and landlocked salmon. If you don’t have a boat of your own, local companies offer rentals—you can even have canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards delivered to your Keuka Lake vacation rental.
The 44-mile circuit around Keuka Lake is a popular route for cyclists, and affords those spectacular vistas the area’s so famous for. Bike rentals are also available from local shops, should you need. Runners and hikers looking for a quick outdoor jaunt can turn to the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, which connects you to nearby Seneca Lake via abandoned railroad tracks dappled with waterfalls.
If you’re looking for a longer outdoor excursion, our Keuka Lake lake house rentals are near multiple parks, forests, and preserves. The 621 acres of Keuka Lake State Park are open year-round, attracting hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers. It’s also an excellent spot to launch your boat or to let the kids splash in the water; you can even rent kayaks and canoes here. History buffs can find the Beddoe-Rose Family Cemetery near the park—established around 1815, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For a taste of local flair, be sure to stop by the Windmill Farm and Craft Market. Open every Saturday from April through December, the market boasts over 50 vendors selling an array of crafts, produce, flowers, prepared meals, and more. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a live music or dance performance.
No matter the season, the Finger Lakes have an allure that draws visitors back again and again. Treat yourself to a getaway in this special place with one of our Keuka Lake vacation rentals. Browse our homes and start planning today.