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Cayuga Inlet
Cayuga Waterfront Trail sign.jpg
A sign for the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park, Ithaca, New York. The Collyer boathouse is visible across Cayuga Inlet.
Country United States
State New York
Physical characteristics
River mouth Cayuga Lake
Ithaca, New York, United States
Basin features
Basin size 143 sq mi (370 km2)

Cayuga Inlet is a river located in Tompkins County, New York. It flows into the south end of Cayuga Lake by Ithaca, New York.

Recreational uses

Cass Park is located along Cayuga Inlet. The Cayuga Waterfront Trail is a 5.5 mile multi-use trail which runs through Cass Park along the banks of Cayuga Inlet. The trail connects joggers and cyclists to Stewart Park, the Farmer's Market, Newman Golf Course, and other destinations in the area.

Robert B. Tallman Rowing Center, Ithaca College
Robert B. Tallman Rowing Center

Cornell University's Collyer Boathouse is located on the east bank of the Cayuga Inlet, just north of where Six Mile Creek drains into the inlet.

Ithaca College's Haskell Davidson Boathouse was built on Cayuga Inlet in 1974 and housed 16 rowers and two boats. As the college grew, a new boathouse was needed. The Davidson Boathouse was razed in September 2011, and the new Robert B. Tallman Rowing Center was dedicated on November 3, 2012.


Hydrilla verticillata, a highly invasive species also known as water thyme, was detected in the Cayuga Inlet in August 2011. It had not been found in Cayuga Lake. A project began in 2012-2013 to eradicate hydrilla from the inlet.

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