Owasco Lake Vacation Rentals
Owasco Lake, one of the smaller Finger Lakes, is close Wasco - one of the earliest Cayuga Indian tribe settlements. New York State is rich in Native American history, and the Finger Lakes region is no exception. Wasco was among those tribes eradicated by the Sullivan Campaign in 1779, but the tribe’s roots still run deep in this beautiful region just four miles south of Auburn, and 11 miles west of Skaneateles, NY in the shadow of the Adirondacks. Vacation lodgings in the Owasco Lake area offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor and water recreation, and an opportunity to view the region as its original inhabitants might have seen it hundreds of years ago.
Historical Landmarks Near Owasco Lake Vacation Accommodations
Seeping in American history, Owasco Lake’s shoreline is dotted with charming vacation cottages, perfect for visitors who love to spend summer getaways swimming and boating. But the area’s rich and numerous historic sites attract visitors every year to the former home of Harriet Tubman and many other late 19th and early 20th century homes and factory spaces with historic and architectural significance. Visit the Seward House, home of former New York State Governor William H. Seward who went on to become President Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state, and the man responsible for purchasing Alaska for $2 per acre. In fact, Auburn is a hub of historic and cultural sites, museums, galleries and theaters that make it well worth more than just one day visit from Owasco Lake vacation rentals.
The Auburn-Cayuga Freedom Trail offers a striking self-guided tour of the important role this community played in the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement. Historic landmarks you’ll come across on this tour include land crossed by abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman and the many slaves who fled to Canada, and other abolitionist movement history. This is a must-see tour for every visitor to the area.
Outdoor Recreation at Owasco Lake Vacation Lodgings
At the Southern end of Owasco Lake is the Fillmore Glen State Park, in the historic village of Moravia, birthplace of the 13th U.S. President Millard Fillmore. Fillmore Glen State Park is a magnificent hiking and biking spot, with trails leading past many waterfalls, a trademark of the Finger Lakes region of vacation rentals.
The lake’s south end is noted for its northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing, and trout fishing is tremendous year round - particularly in May, June and September. Anglers love to stay in a lakefront cottage so they can get an early start each day. Owasco Lake also draws ice fishing enthusiasts in winter who come for trout, panfish, and northern pike, and in spring and early summer, walleye fishing is good at the lake’s north end.