Keuka Lake State Park has gentle rolling hills looking down on Keuka Lake. It is on the lakes northeast end with Penn Yan is 6 miles north and Hammondsport is 16 south of the park.
The parks camping area has 150 tent/trailer sites. Pavilions have picnic tables, grills, with a nearby playground. There is a boat launch with docking spaces and a swimming beach with scheduled lifeguards. The park has hiking trails, fishing and hunting in season. Winter offers cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Garrett Memorial Chapel is a unique addition to the park at Bluff Point known as the ‘Little Chapel on the Mount’. Sunday church services are held at 9:00 AM from July 4th to Labor Day. It was built as a tribute to the once prominent organization Garrett and Company. It was one of the largest wine producers in the world, producing 10 million gallons. The grapes were grown nearby on 4000 acres of the Finger Lakes. The chapel was built as a memorial to his wife Evelyn and son Paul who died of tuberculosis in 1929.
The park is open year round
The car entry fee of $7.00 is charged mid May to mid October.
3560 Pepper Rd
Keuka Park, NY
Keuka Lake is one of New York’s Finger Lakes. Its unique Y-shape led to being called Crooked Lake. In the Iroquois language Keuka means ‘canoe landing’, the Seneca language means ‘lake with an elbow’.
Keuka Lake is 20 miles in length and width ranging from a half mile to 2 miles wide. Its maximum depth is 186 feet with a 60-mile shoreline. Its fish population of bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, perch and salmon make the lake popular with fishermen.
The Finger Lakes of New York are 11 finger shaped lakes that American Indian folklore believes was formed when God placed his handprint on the most beautiful land created. The Finger Lake region is one of the largest wine producing areas in the United States.
Branchport is across the lake from Keuka Lake State Park with 85 houses, six stores, two churches a library and firehouse. It is primarily a residential community with grape growing farms and summer residents and tourists. The area was first settled about 1791 by followers of an American evangelist calling the area ‘The New Jerusalem.’
Keuka Lake State Park is a 70 minute drive of 54 miles from Rochester NY. Drive Us 390 south then route 20/5 east after Canandaigua driving south on route 247. Drive route 24 south following signs to Keuka Lake State Park.
A park visitor gave the following assessment of the park.
“Overall, this my favorite park in the Finger Lakes BY FAR!!!”