Discover 7 of the Best Lakes in NY State

Are you planning a lakeside vacation to the beautiful state of New York? The Finger Lakes are expansive, but the right choice for you does not have to be confusing! Read on to find the best lakes in NY State and start planning your trip to the Upstate! 

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Stay on the Shores of the Best Lakes in NY State

When deciding which lake to stay near, it’s important to think about what type of vacation you’d prefer. Would you rather stick close to your vacation rental, enjoying the water in the best swimming lakes in New York State? Or would you rather explore the town, visit wineries, and attend fun events in the Finger Lakes region? Your preference will inform the perfect Finger Lake for you!

Have a Quiet Vacation on Conesus, Honeoye, and Owasco Lake

Does a quiet stay in a beautiful rental home sound perfect? Then browse our selection of homes on Conesus, Honeoye, and Owasco Lake. Each of these lakes has ample fishing, with walleye and bass found in both.

In the winter, Conesus and Honeoye freeze over, making it a great place for ice skating, snowmobiling, ice boating, and ice fishing. Owasco is known as one of the best lakes in New York for swimming. Due to its location, the water in Owasco Lake warms up quickly, making it the perfect late-spring, early-summer destination.

Have an Adventurous Vacation on Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, or Cayuga Lake

Canandaigua Lady, 19th-century replica paddleboat

If you’re looking for some fun activities, events, or festivals, stay on the shores of the bigger lakes: Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga. Due to their size and location, these lakes are perfect for hosting family reunions or getaways with friends. If you’re a fan of wine, Keuka and Seneca both boast fantastic wine trails. There are numerous wine festivals and events throughout the year, and these lakes are the best place to stay to enjoy the festivities!

Canandaigua Lake is known for being one of the cleanest lakes in New York State, perfect for swimming and exploring. Iconic actor Humphrey Bogart spent summers in a cottage along this lake during his youth. If you are looking to recreate history, ride aboard the Canandaigua Lady, a 19th-century replica double-decker paddleboat.

Cayuga Lake is the longest of the Finger Lakes and the second largest in surface area/volume. Named after the indigenous Cayuga people, Cayuga Lake is home to the city of Ithaca, NY making it a popular getaway for Ithaca College and Cornell University students.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

If you’re staying on the shores of the best lakes in NY State, you’ll want to stay in the best vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes region! Finger Lakes Premier Properties has an incredible selection of homes, from luxurious estates to quiet cottages. Plus, our 24-hour customer service is top-notch. We are dedicated to making sure that you have the best vacation possible.

Check out our full list of rental properties and book today! We look forward to having you.