Keuka Lake State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A bird’s-eye view of western New York reveals 11 narrow lakes, each of which runs roughly north-south. Their unusual likenesses to fingers on a hand obviously led to their name, the Finger Lakes. Keuka Lake is the only lake among the 11 that is not perfectly linear in shape: it is shaped like a Y and so is sometimes called Crooked Lake. Further, the lake is distinct from its neighbors in that it is also the only one that drains into another of the Finger Lakes—in this case, into Seneca Lake by way of Keuka Lake Outlet.
At one time, this outlet was transformed into a canal that connected the two lakes, but it was eventually abandoned as a canal in 1877. Aside from these characteristics, it shares all of the other familiar traits of a Finger Lake in that it is glacially formed, is very deep, has its own wine trail, and is an ideal place to go fishing or boating. Incidentally, Keuka comes from the Iroquois word kyooka, which means “canoe landing.”"