The Inside Scoop
“The Chemung River was surprisingly calm and peaceful and our tour provided beautiful views of the palisades. Aaron was a very knowledgeable guide and pointed out various killdeer, herons, ospreys and eagles. On our journey we saw several eagles perched in trees and flying above us.” - Nancy West, NY Foodie Family
The Southern Finger Lakes isn’t merely a land of majestic beauty to be admired; it’s a place that’s meant to be explored and experienced firsthand.
With so many exciting outdoor adventures to be had—from hunting and fishing to hiking and paddling—you’ll want to make sure you have the right gear. Whether you’re looking to rent a kayak to get out on the water or buy a canteen and backpack for hiking, local outfitters can help.
Enlist the aid of a local guide whose expertise plus special knowledge of the location can enhance your visit and provide you with an even more personal experience. Charter a fishing excursion on the lake or find the best spots for fly fishing, learn navigation skills while hiking, or a rent a bike for the weekend and hit some recommended trails.
Take your trip to the next level with a little help from the locals.
If you have a specific interest (running, conservation, bird-watching) and want to share your experiences with like-minded folks, check out the various groups below.
“Sometimes the current has a fast flow, sometimes it’s very slow, and sometimes there are two or three different currents so you have to be able to put the fly in the right spot so it floats long enough yet in a natural way” - Greg Heffner, Conhocton River Fly Shop