Finger Lakes Outdoors

The glaciers that carved out the footprint for the Finger Lakes, left behind endless recreational opportunities in the scenic Finger Lakes Outdoors. Blessed with amazing natural beauty, the Finger Lakes Central Region is home to some of the picturesque countrysides, diverse landscapes and magnificent waterways of any destination in the world. These assets provide abundant recreational activities from hiking in the Finger Lakes National Forest to biking along one of eleven Finger Lakes to kayaking on the Erie Canal System and the Cayuga Seneca Canal. There are plenty of wildlife and hunting opportunities as well, including bird-watching at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge or tracking the world-famous Seneca White Deer – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in every season in Seneca County NY — Finger Lakes Central.

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Beautiful countrysides and magnificent waters join forces to create diverse landscapes that fill the area with an incredible array of outdoor wonders and natural resources. Seneca County offers a variety of six state parks to enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, golfing and many seasonal attractions, a national forest with old growth hardwoods, and various wildlife preserves.

For the sportsman, Seneca County offers unsurpassed wildlife and hunting opportunities, including waterfowl and abundant white-tailed deer hunting. Be sure to check out the Finger Lakes National Forest in Lodi, the only national forest in New York State, with over 16,000 acres of multi-use federal lands for hunting, hiking, camping, and more!

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, located in the town of Tyre is another prized, regional favorite— situated on thousands of acres of outdoor recreational land, featuring hunting and a wetlands complex. Hunting licenses are available at all town or clerk offices, and most sporting goods stores. For a complete list of fishing and hunting season dates, go to

Another Seneca County and Finger Lakes favorite is the Seneca White Deer – a very famous and very rare herd of deer living within the confines of the former historic Seneca Army Depot. When the 10,600-acre depot was created in 1941, a 24-mile fence was erected around its perimeter, isolating a small herd of white-tailed deer, some of whom had white coats. With the artificial protection of the fence, the wildlife inside of the depot flourished. These fascinating four-legged friends can be seen grazing along the perimeter of the fence, or on scheduled, guided tours!