Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

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Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby rv4life » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:00 am

Dave, where in the Finger Lakes?
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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby CampADK » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:47 am

Hi Shane!

Wine country. Camping at Sampson Lake State Park for sure, and as far west as Letchworth I think.
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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby kkirsch » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:32 pm

You can start at Silver which is near letchworth then move East. Canandaigua is nice but no state park as far as I know. A good place for a day trip is either Hemlock or Canandice. Both are nice canoeing/kayaking and since they have no private land around them represent what the area use to look like. State campsites on Keuka (on the bluff) Cayuga SP, taugaunic SP (close to Ithaca) then on to Sampson with even more SPs along the various rivers that drain or feed the lakes. The fingerlakes sit between Lake Ontario and the southern line of New York. They run north to south from Perry NY to Marietta. Be sure to pick up a Grape pie with chocolate ice cream and visit a winery and make sure if you are towing big that your brakes are in good shape.
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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby CampADK » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Thanks for the info Kevin.

We haven't got into details yet, but I was certainly interested in find places other than the Finger Lakes themselves to paddle due to their size. Since we start off May 13th, it looks like most parks in the region will be open.

The difficult part is the total lack of info, especially photos for the state parks. Found a few photos for Sampson Lake, mainly of the graveyard there :roll:

We'll start at Sampson Lake (teardrop gathering), then might hit Letchworth State Park for a few nights then back to wine country, likely at Cayuga State Park which is close to Seneca Falls (wife wants to see it re: 'It's a Wonderful Life'), maybe Watkins Glen.

I've checked out some of the lakes, but didn't see anything that particularly interested us. (the main Finger Lakes are much bigger than we prefer to paddle on). We'll likely head back north to do some paddling on our way up to Fish Creek for memorial week.

Is Silver a winery near Letchworth? Couldn't find that one. Seems everything is in close enough proximity so we have a good selection of state parks.

Where are the hills we need good brakes for?

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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby Gail & Steve Collins » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:23 pm

If you want to paddle on small lakes you should head off to either Canadice or Hemlock (two of the "baby Finger Lakes) as Kevin mentioned. They are now state parks purchased from the City of Rochester. We used to live a couple of miles from Canadice and it's great for canoeing or hiking...one thing I truly miss about our former home. Although you no longer need a permit to use the lake it is still a water source for the city so there is no swimming, etc. The "Baby Finger Lakes" are about an hour east of Letchworth, well worth the drive.

Sampson is fun,too. It has electricity but no water or sewer. It also has a lot of "roads to nowhere" from its days as a military base that are fun to explore on a bike. Swimming beach is so-so. I wouldn't pay extra for a site on the lake. It's a long drop to the lake and the view is obscured by trees.

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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby rv4life » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:04 pm

campadk wrote:Hi Shane!

Wine country. Camping at Sampson Lake State Park for sure, and as far west as Letchworth I think.



We will be camping at Letchworth for Memorial Weekend. Have you been there before? The views and trails are amazing. Nice campground also. We will be at Sampson for 4th of July. Be sure to check out the shops and restraunts in Geneseo. Geneseo is about 15-20mins east of Letchworth. :D
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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby jldeni » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:23 am

Gail & Steve Collins wrote:If you want to paddle on small lakes you should head off to either Canadice or Hemlock (two of the "baby Finger Lakes) as Kevin mentioned. They are now state parks purchased from the City of Rochester. We used to live a couple of miles from Canadice and it's great for canoeing or hiking...one thing I truly miss about our former home. Although you no longer need a permit to use the lake it is still a water source for the city so there is no swimming, etc. The "Baby Finger Lakes" are about an hour east of Letchworth, well worth the drive.

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We've paddled Hemlock a couple times and its a great place. Parts were a bit shallow, but we went to one end and paddled way up into a winding feeder stream as far as we could. Excellent!
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Finger Lakes Trip May 2011 - More

Postby mistermatt1984 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:55 pm

campadk wrote:Hi Shane!

Wine country. Camping at Sampson Lake State Park for sure, and as far west as Letchworth I think.


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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby CampADK » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:29 pm

Hi Matt,

Send sent you a response to your PM today.

Just ran across the Robert Treman State Park which looks pretty interesting as well. If we do decide to stay there, we'd have to opt out of one of the others (see list below).

As you mentioned Matt, any recommendations on any particular 'loops' etc within the following state parks would be great!

Sampson, Letchworth, Watkins Glen, Keuka Lake, Cayuga Lake, Robert Treman.

Thanks!
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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby CampADK » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:38 pm

Too many places to check out!

Love this shot from Taughannock Falls State Park

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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby kkirsch » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:09 pm

For Keuka and Sampson the main issue is traffic. The further back in the loop you are the better. I tend especially with keuka is to be on the outside of the loop. With Sampson the main key is water since even though you have power you may be a bit away from water. We always fill up as we go in and since our stay is just a weekend that will do us just fine. If you do end up at Taughannock the sites around 7 on that side of the road are nice and flat. Water and power is available at all power sites but they go fast. We like that campsite, close to Ithaca and the wineries. They have a nice swimming beach and boat docking area. The wall is great fishing for lakers. If you have a rod that casts really far put a half ounce weight on a trout leader rig with an egg cluster then cast it off the wall as far as possible. The water drops off to 100 ft quickly and if you can get deep you will get fish. Do that early or late before boat traffic picks up. Ithaca has a good hippies farmers market on Saturdays and of course Purity ice cream (a must for ice cream lovers). If you desire to use colorful language drag your rig up along the road past Ithaca college, if you prefer to remain calm talk an alternative route. Did it once with an underpowered manual transmission van was surprised I survived. If you get to stony brook (nice place for a picnic, near Dansville) be sure to take the short ride to Wilson farms meat market for some great steaks.
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Postby jldeni » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:13 am

Stony Brook is definitely a great place to camp, and the hiking is outrageous - both the high trail and the bottom of the gorge along the river. Its a beautiful place.
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Re: Finger Lakes Trip May 2011

Postby kkirsch » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:49 am

If you get to Keuka be sure to stop at the Bully Hill Winery. If for nothing else the entertainment factor. If you like knick-knack shops there is also the Windmill. Also check out what is going on at Watkins Glen. We hit one of the collector car rallies and races they had. If you like classic race cars and such it is a must do. If I have not mentioned it be sure to get a piece of grape pie with some chocolate ice cream on top. There are also Glider rides either in Elmira or in Dansville.

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