Kayak Rental Season, Summer 2017

The Kayak Shack is officially open in Watkins Glen NY!

While our open days are limited to weekends right now, there is the possibility that we will open on certain weekdays from now through June 24th.  So keep checking back between now and then, or call us for certainty and find out if we’re open!

As for this week, we will open Wednesday 5/31/17 – Sunday 6/4/17, 10am-4pm for paddleboard, and kayak rentals from our beach side location on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen.

We are also actively booking kayak tours and fishing charters. Don’t forget to call and make your reservation!  607-535-2701

Happy New Year!

As the dust settles from all the holiday celebrations, we are settling in and taking reservations for the 2017 fishing season.

We are also taking orders for the FeelFree kayaks. They’re a great boat to hit the lakes on, and their fishing kayaks are second to none. Keep checking back for specials throughout the next few months.

Call with any questions and for reservations! 607-535-2701



Gift Certificates Available!


It’s our off-season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about the summer months to come! If you’re looking for a gift idea for the outdoorsy type, then why not get them a gift certificate to an adventure in the Finger Lakes? Choose an amount to gift, or purchase an entire tour. Call us or email us to purchase: 607-535-2701 or mark@summittostream.com

Fishing in the Finger Lakes Region 2016

Image-1The 2016 fishing season is in full swing in the Finger lakes and we have been hitting the waters daily! Cayuga Lake has produced some of the best fishing in years for lake trout and salmon. Musky on Waneta lake is steady producing 45″ average fish. Cayuta lake bass and panfish has been a lot of fun for kids and adults. Keuka lake has not disappointed with big smallmouth and largemouth bass along with fantastic lake trout fishing. There is still time to book a trip with us and get out on the waters of the Finger Lakes Region. We fish Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Waneta, Lamoka and Cayuta.

Sunset and Fitness Paddle Tours

We have two really exciting opportunities for our new public kayak tour offerings! Click on the links below for PDF’s and to learn more about what Summit to Stream is offering.

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Seneca Lake Sunset Paddle

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Kayak sales in the Finger Lakes

We are now offering Feelfree kayaks for sale at our Watkins Glen location. We are currently putting together a spring order so get the kayak you have always wanted in the color and size of your choice. You can also get matching gear such as paddles, coolers and bags. Visit feelfreeus.com for more information on their full line of recreational kayaks along with the best fishing kayaks on the market. If you have any questions or would like to place an order please call Mark at 607-535-2701 or cell 607-738-2726. See you on the waters of the Finger lakes!

Happy Independence Day!







Independence Day is this weekend, and the weather is looking very promising for outdoor activities. After the rainy June we’ve had, I think every one of us is looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the sunshine.

Our kayak shack will be open in Watkins Glen 10-4 every day this *weekend. We’ll have the paddle boards out and ready to rent as well!


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*weather dependent

Welcome Summer




Who hasn’t been waiting for summer in the Northeast? Since our severe winter, we have all been counting down the days to summer solstice 2015.  We thought a great way to celebrate would be to offer a sunset paddle on the first day of summer.

Sunday morning started off overcast and muggy. We had our doubts about whether or not we would even see the sun! After an early afternoon rain shower, the skies opened up and revealed that beautiful golden orb in the sky!

Accompanied by a mild north wind, we set out on our journey from the Watkins Glen Village Marina to Hector Falls around 6:10 pm, with sunset slated for approximately 8:45 pm. Our group of paddlers consisted of: a chemist, a firefighter, a junior in high school, a junior in college, a 2nd grade teacher, a paralegal, a mechanic and a contingent from the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

The clouds and rain must have kept most of the recreational boaters off the water, because we had the lake to ourselves except for the Stroller IV and a stray boat or two. There were a few signs of debris from the torrential rain the region had received earlier in the week. The most impressive sign from those rains were the lingering waterfalls pouring off the Painted Rocks.

Several minutes before we had our sights on Hector Falls, we could hear the rushing water. Our senses told us that the falls would be an impressive sight. Now usually our tours are able to paddle up the canal to the base of the falls, right alongside the cliffs. However, on today’s tour the force of the water coming from the falls kept us a good distance from the base. It was quite a ride in the rapids heading back to the lake!

As we made our way back south to Watkins Glen we were treated with the lovely sight of the True Love sailboat along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Below is a photo of the sun getting ready to set for Seneca Lake’s first sunset of the summer season. The setting sun was certainly a sight to behold, and an inspiration for where we are taking our business. Keep checking back for more sunset paddles throughout the summer.



Seneca Lake embraces summer


Strong water and rapids keeping us from getting to the base of our destination, Hector Falls.



Random cascades along the eastern cliffs of Seneca Lake


Our dedicated group of paddlers determined to make it to Hector Falls.

Summer Solstice Sunset Paddle


We are now taking reservations for the Summer Solstice Sunset Paddle the evening of 6/21/2015!

It will be $25pp and space is limited! Call 607-535-2701 for reservations and information.

Kicking off the Season

We’ve been on a  handful of charters and fishing excursions. It’s been a great year so far in terms of weather.

This weekend marks our first kayak tour of the season, we can’t wait to get out on Seneca Lake and take in it’s natural beauty. We have heard some reports of a male bald eagle making his rounds at the south end of the lake, so we hope to snap some photos to share.  As always kayak rentals are available on the weekends, and 7-days a week starting June 27th.


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