About The organization

Discover Cayuga Lake Boat Cruises, Charters and Education Programs

Come Discover the beauty of Cayuga Lake with us!  From May-October, we offer public cruises, private charters, and Floating Classroom experiences for students, on Cayuga Lake. Our boat, the MV Teal is based out of the Allan H. Treman State Park Marina, at the southern end of the lake, in gorges Ithaca, NY.

We serve communities throughout the Cayuga Lake watershed through our educational programs and community cruises and events. Our school based, Trout in the Classroom Program, inspires nearly 2,000 children to learn and care about our lake throughout the academic year. When you cruise with us you help support these efforts!

Discover Cayuga Lake is a nonprofit organization based in Ithaca, NY. Since 2003, we’ve provided hands-on learning opportunities in the interest of sustaining the Finger Lakes waterways for future generations. Our mission is to cultivate informed and equitable relationships between people and the watersheds upon which they depend and we do all this while providing memorable, enriching experiences on beautiful Cayuga Lake. Please join us for the ride!

It was a beautiful, interesting, informative, and peaceful evening! We were tourists in our own town, choosing this experience to enjoy my 30th anniversary,

Mimi Welshonce Ramey

Public Tours & Private Charters

The perfect way to experience the magic of the Finger Lakes is on the open water! We offer a variety of interpretive lake cruises, private charters and special events highlighting the ecology, culture and natural history of the Finger Lakes on board our boat, the M/V Teal.

    Educational Programs

    Education is what we do! Discover Cayuga Lake is invested in environmental literacy, not only as part of a good education, but as a key to long term social justice and sustainability. Our primary focus is youth education. We offer classroom-to-lake educational experiences that give students hands-on learning experiences while also benefiting our local ecology. 

      Community Programs & Events

      We are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to engage with Cayuga Lake, from specialty cruises and events for community members, to lake monitoring and volunteer opportunities. We’re dedicated to everyone having the opportunity to experience the joy and beauty of our region.


        2024 Cruise Options

        • Farmers Market Cruises every Saturday and Sunday mid-day
        • Public Sunset Cruises every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
        • Osprey Eco-Cruises Wednesdays-Saturdays (May-August)
        • Night Sky Eco-Cruises every Friday evening (July-September)
        • Fall Foliage Eco-Cruises, Wednesdays-Sundays (September-October)
        • Lake & Land Tours to famous Taughannock Falls State Park every Thursday (July – August)
        • Community Sunset Cruises – Wednesdays at Sunset featuring local presentations (June-September)
        • Family Eco-Cruises – Friday mornings (July – August)
        • Club Cayuga DJ Cruises – Sundays at Sunset all season long
        • Lake Monitoring Cruises – Sunday afternoons all season long

        We loved enjoying the beautiful Finger lakes sunset, meeting new people from all over the world, relaxing with loved ones, and enjoying a glass of wine from the area!

        Pamela Bagan Fuller

        Great Experiences with Discover Cayuga Lake

        Our Mission

        At Discover Cayuga Lake, our mission is to cultivate informed and equitable relationships between people and the watersheds upon which they depend, with a focus on Cayuga Lake.

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          OUR PARTNERS

          We rely on and value our partnerships with local organizations and businesses to facilitate and enable our mission at Discover Cayuga Lake, and to connect us with the people we serve. Here are some examples of important partners.

            This website was made possible in part by a grant from the
            Tompkins County Tourism Program. 

            We’d Love to hear from you!

            with Us

            For Cruises & Charters:

            For Educational Programs:

            HOME DOCK:

            1000 Allan H. Treman Marina Rd.
            Ithaca, NY 14850

            OUR OFFICE:

            110 N. Tioga St., Suite 303
            Center for History & Culture
            Ithaca, NY  14850

            Discover Cayuga Lake 2023