Ithaca, N.Y. — Saturday’s gloomy weather didn’t stop the Cayuga Watershed Network’s 3rd Annual Canyou Canoe Cayuga event.

The event started at around 7 a.m. and launched with about 15 boats at the Cayuga State Park, 35 miles from the end point at Cass Park.

The weather made for an adventurous ride down the lake, the wind and rain causing some kayaks and canoes to capsize. Several safety boats were on hand to quickly come to the participants’ aid.

The event was organized by the Cayuga Watershed Network with the intent to “get more exposure for the organization to a younger, more active group and to have a fun event on the lake, which reflects the benefits of having a healthy lake,” says Watershed board member and co-founder of the event, John Mawdsley.

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is an organization that advocates and educates for the protection of a clean, safe and healthy environment for Cayuga Lake and its watershed.

The paddlers had the option to start at one of four start/stop designations- Cayuga State Park, Deans Cove, Sheldrake Winery, and Taughannock Park. The paddlers arrived at Cass Park.

The event included a total of 104 participants and 85 registered boats. Founders of the event are looking forward to continuing it.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.