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The 5th annual Can You Canoe Cayuga is a fun, challenging paddling event for paddle craft of all types and for paddlers of all skill levels. This year’s event is on Sunday, September 11.

Registration is now open at our event and registration site at Entry fees are adult/non-student $40, student $25.

Registration begins at 9am and longest wave paddlers leave shore at 10am.

In 2011, The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is education and advocacy for the protection of the Cayuga Lake Watershed, created the Can You Canoe Cayuga event to highlight the beauty of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and to raise awareness and support for active stewardship of this beautiful resource.

For the past 4 years paddlers have traveled the 38-mile length of Cayuga Lake in canoes, kayaks, SUPs, dragon boats and outrigger canoes.

Event founder and CLWN Board member John Mawdsley is excited about this year’s new course. “The past four years the event traveled from the northern tip of Cayuga Lake to the southern end. The weather has sometimes proven challenging with winds that come up and down the lake. This year the committee decided to focus three loops on the southern end of the lake which start and end at Stewart Park. Safety boats can keep a closer eye on all paddlers. Plus the loops allow for paddlers of all abilities to get out and enjoy the lake.”

This year we have exciting new loop formats which support all skill levels and creates a festive, family- friendly environment centered at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY.

Paddlers can sign up for 15-mile (Stewart – Taughannock Park loop), 6-mile (Stewart – Ithaca Yacht Club loop), 1.5 mile (Stewart – Front Light loop) and shorter shore loops.  Teams, individuals, relays, families and first timers are welcome!

For those who don’t have their own paddle craft, kayak, canoe and SUP rentals are available.

Event Coordinator and CLWN Program Associate Jennifer Tufano said another new addition to this year is a 10’ x 60’ dock which will be in the water just in front of the small pavilion assisting paddlers with entry and exit. “The shoreline in front of the small pavilion at Stewart Park is challenging to navigate – especially getting in and out of the water with a boat or SUP. Event committee member Cynthia Brock suggested we rent a floating dock to make the entry and exit from the water easier and cleaner. We hope our participants find this a welcome addition to the event.”

Local food trucks Dos Amigos, That’s How I Roll Sushi, and Frozen Moments will make this a fun, festive, and family-friendly event. Ithaca based The Yardvarks will provide afternoon entertainment playing all of your favorite Neo-Obscuro tunes from the 50 – 80s.

Raffle Tickets for a beautiful locally-made Gillespie Paddle will be available at the event for $5 each.

Cool goodie bags, awesome event shirt, live music and fantastic food trucks — are all great reasons to come to paddle, volunteer, enjoy Stewart Park and support the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.

Information about training, clothing, rules of conduct and more can be found at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

This event was made possible by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

Featured photo provided

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.