Stretching thirty-five miles long and three miles wide, Seneca Lake is the deepest of the Finger Lakes with a maximum depth of six hundred and thirty feet. That said, the average depth of the lake is just under three hundred feet. Like many lakes in the region, Seneca was used by barges and steamboats to transport people, produce, and goods during the 1800s. Today you can scuba dive at the southern end of the lake and view many of those preserved barges. Another interesting bit of Seneca Lake history can be enjoyed at Sampson State Park which was formerly Sampson Training Station used during World War II to train Air Force and Navy soldiers. Similarly, some areas of the lake were used for submarine testing.
Fifty percent of water in the entire Finger Lakes region is in Seneca Lake, and the lake floor extends two hundred feet below sea level. Because the lake is so deep and so long, it only freezes about once a century with the most recent freeze occurring in 1912. At the time of the freeze, many people allegedly ice skated the entire thirty-five miles from the northern tip at Geneva to the southern tip at Watkins Glen. Today the lake hosts the annual National Lake Trout Derby and is considered the world's lake trout capital. Seneca Lake is also home to forty vineyards and wineries, more than any of the other lakes, and draws more than six hundred thousand visitors each year.
In addition to vineyards and excellent fishing opportunities, Seneca Lake also offers many charming bed and breakfasts, picnic areas, elegant restaurants, scenic trails, and stunning water views. You’ll also find remarkable Seneca Lake real estate choices. Homes for sale in Seneca Lake are quite diverse and include properties of varying architectural designs, ages, and square footage. There are lovely attached homes, like townhouses and condos at Seneca Lake, as well as a broad range of single-family homes. Whichever you may seek, we will happily answer all of your questions about the currently available properties at Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so connect with us as soon as you can find the time.
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