Seneca-Cayuga Canal and Lake Cruise in the Finger Lakes

We were having out of town guests and I had been working on setting up a cruise on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal for about a month. The Erie Canal Boats require a three day minimum trip so that was not for us. We headed to Geneva, NY to take a boat tour on Seneca Lake only to find that the boat was already filled! But this was going to be my lucky day and by chance I found Canal Side Experiences (click here) in Waterloo, NY. Or just call him on his cell phone: 315-759-9269 like I did.

We boarded Captain John’s beautiful pontoon boat which he operates on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal. Captain John is a very colorful person and you can easily tell by his enthusiasm that he loves living and working in the outdoors. He is very knowledgeable and tells many fascinating stories about the Native Americans which made Geneva, Seneca Lake, and the Seneca River their home a long time ago. It’s certainly was a trip back in time, but very relaxing and colorful.

The trip along the canal is interesting as there are many waterfront homes, houseboats, and pleasure craft to be seen as one glides along the canal. There is a genuine passion about living on or along the canal waterway and this man’s home and his replica “African Queen” boat is just one example.

We headed out into Seneca Lake with Captain John, passing under the Railroad Bridge and route 96A near Geneva. Once out on Seneca Lake, Captain John opened the throttle and let the pontoon boat just skim over the smooth water of Seneca Lake. We headed across the Lake to a spot near Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges where The Captain and the boys enjoyed a dip in the cool clear water of Seneca Lake.

We headed back across the Lake and then slowed down as we re-entered the canal. The canal is a protected and peaceful place. Your mind slows and your eyes open as you begin watching for birds or for fish.

Just like Mike, we were all lost in our own thoughts as we returned to the docks behind Captain John’s Canal Side Experiences. It was indeed a lucky day for all of us!

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. jrBupp

    Joe,
    I don’t know how to take your comment. John is definitely his own boss!

  2. Hello there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I am going to forward this post to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. James Bupp, Ph.D.

      Giovanna,

      My wife tried to schedule another boat ride by Captain John on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal for some out of town guests who were coming for a visit this summer (2019). She was not successful as his mail box was always full. The sign out in front is still there with a telephone number to call. We have taken this ride two or three times previously and loved every moment of the trip.

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