Cayagua Lake-front home with private dock for swimming and boating, with a boat launch at Taughannock Falls State Park one minute away. Large wooded yard for tents,; electricity; bathrooms with showers are accessible in the house, and you are welcome to use the kitchen. Outdoor deck with gas grill can be used for cooking, dining, or relaxing. Drinking water is available,
Cayagua Lake-front home with private dock for swimming and boating, with a boat launch at Taughannock Falls State Park one minute away. Large wooded yard for tents,; electricity; bathrooms with showers are accessible in the house, and you are welcome to use the kitchen. Outdoor deck with gas grill can be used for cooking, dining, or relaxing. Drinking water is available, and an outdoor hose can supply a modest water hookup. Children are welcome, and we are dog and cat-friendly for well-behaved pets. We have 3 indoor cats and a dog, so please be mindful of any severe allergy considerations if you plan to use our indoor facilities.
At 40 miles long, 3 miles wide, and 435 feet deep, Cayuga Lake offers great boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, swimming, and wind surfing, among other activities. It's also a great place to hike around, bird watch, or star gaze on a clear night - which may be one reason it was also home to The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling (spooky) and Cosmos' Carl Sagan (mind-blowing).
Home also to Cornell University and dozens of small colleges, the Finger Lakes region is also a popular tourist destination, famous for its 100+ wineries, year-round outdoor activities, fine restaurants and spas, and arts and entertainment options.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Boats can be launched at a number of sites. We have a private dock with a ~5-foot depth at its deepest, and a beach for smalle...Read more
You're welcome to fish off our dock. We have a couple casting rods, and bait can be acquired nearby. State fishing licenses a...Read more
There are hundreds of miles of trails for all levels, from easy walks to steep climbs.
Multiple stables and ranches offer trail rides and lessons, including for kids and beginners.
Canoes and kayaks can be launched nearby, and stored on our beach.
Cayuga Lake offers great sailing and wind-surfing, with water ranging from quiet coves to regular 3-4-foot swells mid-Lake.
Ice climbing is nearby. More serious rock-climbing requires a longer drive. The two rock-climbing gyms in Ithaca are temporar...Read more
Nordic (cross-country) skiing, snow-shoeing, and snowmobiling are nearby. A few small downhill resorts are within easy driving...Read more
You can swim off our dock, or at the nearby beaches at Taughannock or Treman Parks. There is a public pool at Cass Park, but n...Read more
The nearby 10,000-acre Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is the best place for wildlife watching, as are all the state parks. Our prop...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Lakefront Camping in New York.
The best wetlands are at the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, where you're likely to see bald eagles, osprey, golden eagles, and many...Read more
Because we cannot get a vehicle into the fenced-in lakefront yard, RVs and campers have to stay in the driveway. However, you ...Read more
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Not as ideal as it looked
The location of this land is great—so close to Taughanock falls, and just a short drive to downtown Ithaca—but I don't think I'd repeat my stay. I couldn't tell from the pictures how close the site is to the house—probably 30 feet or so—or how sloping the yard is. The tiny bit that is remotely flat still made for uncomfortable sleeping. The house and yard are also right next to the highway, which was quite noisy. The dock set-up is nice, but you have to descend about 90 steps down a cliff to get to it. It was also described as a "private" dock, but during our stay it was also used by a family with children. All in all, if you're looking for a quiet, private camping experience I think you'd be better off in a public campground.
Not bad, but should be better
Our trip was fine, but there were some issues. The biggest was that I couldn't get in touch with Trevor prior to the trip. I drove up from Brooklyn to Ithaca messaging him along the way and he didn't respond. When I got there, he wasn't responding to text messages or messages through the APP. I opened the front door (it wasn't locked) and yelled in the house and there was no response. It turns out that he was home the entire time and was sleeping. It took over an hour AFTER I arrived before he woke up and contacted me for the first time ever.
The other issue is the property itself. The backyard is small. You will be steps from the house and there will be no privacy. It's also fairly sloped. There isn't much space to pitch a single tent and two tents wouldn't fit. Also it appears that the property is being a bit neglected. Mostly, I am referring to the steps leading from the backyard to the lake/dock that are in disrepair and the plants around them have not been trimmed and are overgrowing and making the situation hazardous. The stairs DO NOT look like the photos on the site currently. It's dangerous and Trevor probably shouldn't be letting guests use it in its current condition.
My trip wasn't a total disappointment, but it's very stressful not being able to get in touch with your host. And then when you wait an hour only to find out that they were home the entire time it is even more frustrating (did you forget I was coming?) I used the stairs to the dock so they're not unusable, but it did make me nervous. I really wouldn't recommend to anyone that they should stay here.
Nice host/not ideal backyard
As much as I would like to recommend Trevor's backyard, I just can't bring myself to. Trevor is a very friendly and accommodating host. He opens his home up to guests and wants to make them comfortable. This can’t take away from the fact that you are camping on a sloping backyard that is used by the pet dog when people aren’t pitching a tent there. It rained during our stay and I can’t blame that on our hosts but the only piece of ground that is remotely level is where the entire yard drains water into. Pitching a tent in someone’s backyard may seem like a safe and comfortable way to try out camping but more likely it would make most novice campers wonder why they don’t just pack up and head indoors. If all the state parks’ campgrounds were booked up, I might consider a night back but it would a last resort.
Direct access to the lake!
We have enjoyed three nights camp at Trevor's beautiful tent site. In addition to the lake view, having direct access to the water was the luxury! You still need to go down/up the stairs but it worth doing it. Trevor kindly let us use bathroom and kitchen and it was a comfort. It is located right next to the state park and there are plenty wineries around if you would like to explore the area. Highly recommended.
Loved jumping in cool cayuga lake
Access to swim in Cayuga Lake was the highlight, for sure. The place has a dock that we enjoyed tremendously! The spot for camping is nicely shaded. Host was very helpful and hospitable, allowing me to work inside the dining room for 8 hours one day (because I needed powerful internet connection). Access to kitchen, bathroom were easy -- as long as you are at peace with cats. Traffic noise was substantial at the campsite.
Our Host Trevor was extremely accommodating given the weather was not ideal. They have a lovely home and property and while we didn't see much of the lake due to the rain, we would imagine it's a beautiful view on a nice day.