Let the Adventure Begin

Hunting season is not the only time you can take advantage of the expertise and assortment of wonderful outdoor activities offered by Russ Diederich and Finger Lakes Adventure Center. But it certainly is one time!

Whether you’re simply looking for a little downtime and a taste of life in the country or you’re interested in hiring a licensed guide and immersing yourself in some sort of outdoor adventure, Finger Lakes Adventure Center has you covered. 

Located on over 60 acres of private land on a beautiful forested hillside just a few minutes from downtown Corning, Marsh Creek Cabin is the ideal home base for travelers interested in creating their own self-guided fun or those folks seeking a more hands-on guided outdoor experience. Close enough to world class museums, excellent craft beverage producers, interesting shops, and a variety of wonderful restaurants, yet far enough away to be secluded, Marsh Creek Cabin offers an awesome rustic getaway.

But Finger Lakes Adventure Center provides more than tasteful accommodations in the countryside. They also offer you the opportunity to tap into the expertise of a trained, licensed, local guide. 

Want to do your own thing? No worries. Take advantage of a few tips from a local in the know before setting off on your own excursion. 

Looking for some guidance? Stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new? You’ve come to the right place. Talk with Russ about the various Adventure Packages he has created or inquire about a curated experience just for you. One that you’ll remember and that might just make you as passionate about the outdoors as he is. That’s why he’s sharing his land and his years of expertise in the first place.

Marsh Creek Cabin
Russ Diederich


A licensed New York State Hunting Guide, Russ is also a member of the New York Outdoor Guides Association. You could say he takes his time outdoors very seriously. Yet he also knows the importance of savoring his time outside. 

With three owned/leased private properties, Russ offers hunters the opportunity to hunt big game like white-tailed deer, black bear, and turkey and predators (like coyotes). It doesn’t hurt that Russ and is properties are located in New York State’s Top County for white-tailed deer harvested each year and in a region known for white-tailed deer (for example, of the 71,000 white-tased harvested in New York State in 2017, approximately 55,000 came from the Southern Tier region).

Believing in ethical practices, Russ follows the leave no trace model. It’s a fair chase hunt. Hunters can hunt on their own or take advantage of Russ’s certified guide services. 

One advantage of working with Russ is that the experience is more intimate than you might find in other locations. As a result, the average shot is under 50 yards which means an up-close experience. Another benefit when you hunt with Russ is that you are on 100% private land and have an exclusive hunting experience. 

White-Tailed Buck in Snow
Bill Banaszewski

Target Shooting & Archery

In addition to being a listened hunting guide, Russ is also a licensed firearms instructor who is on hand to assist in everything from handguns to long guns to trap shooting. He even has a shooter course on private land if you’re looking for a unique experience for your group or event. 

Looking for some straight-up old-school archery instruction? Russ offers classes for youth and beginners. Use your own equipment or rent as part of your archery lesson. And you’ll want to keep an eye out for what he has in the works, as he’s developing a 3D archers course where you move from one unique station and challenge to another. 

Archery Target With Arrows
Zoran Kompar Photography


Whether you’re you’re a serious angler or a newbie, Russ offers just the right services when it comes to fishing. A licensed guide with a few favorite spots throughout the region, take advantage of his local knowledge with a guided fishing excursion. 

For adults or families looking to give fishing a try, enjoy some catch-and-release action at a nearby NYS DEC licensed fishing preserve where you won’t even need a license (especially convenient for beginners and travelers). The preserve is handicap-accessible and has an array of species like channel catfish, black crappie, hybrid bluegill, yellow perch, and others. 

The best part is the experience is exclusive (only one fishing party at a time). With bait and poles included, plus a licensed guide on-site to help, this is a great way to get outdoors and try something new. 

Looking to fish beyond ponds and lakes, Russ also offers fishing excursions on local streams and other waterways, as well as ice fishing on two local lakes during wintertime. 

Black Crappie Fishing
Steve Oehlenschlager


One incomparable way to enjoy the great outdoors is through primitive camping. With clean level campsites on private land and a limited number of sites to make sure you get a private exclusive experience, Russ also provides a burn ring, firewood, a Coleman stove, and lantern. Bring your own gear or you can rent equipment for an authentic camping experience. Learn more about pricing for your own camping adventure at CorningVacationRentals.com

Marsh Creek Camping
Russ Diederich


Interested in a guided paddle or just looking to get out on the water on your own, Russ is licensed to offer guided paddles on the Chemung River, at Birdseye Hollow State Forest, or Sanford Lake, and a few other recommended spots.

In addition to his expert services, Russ has four kayaks, safety gear, and paddles for rent and special half-day packages. Learn more at CorningVacationRentals.com.

Chemung River Kayaking


The combination of finding yourself surrounded by trees and nature, away from the noise of daily life, allows you to slow down a bit and unwind. Yeah, there’s something about a walk through the woods that is therapeutic. 

Offering low-level, mid-level, and strenuous guided hiking options that combine nature and education, Russ loves the way his guests respond to time outdoors. Looking for a shorter hike on private land, or a guided adventure at local places requiring a variety of skill levels, Russ has the inside scoop on some of the best trails around. 


Create Your Own Outdoor Adventure Today

If you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast or a novice looking to explore nature for the first time, Russ Diederich and Finger Lakes Outdoor Adventure offer you a variety of ways to have the experience that’s just right for you. 

Visit Corning Vacation Rentals to learn more about accommodation options, adventure packages,  and Russ’s diverse licensed guide services.  

Father and Son Cook Marshmallows Over Campfire
Soloviova Liudmyla