Thursday, July 05, 2012

Natural Wonders of Finger Lakes Wine Country: Queen Catharine Marsh

At the southern end of Seneca Lake are the small towns of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls. Both known for their enchanting waterfalls, this area is also known for another natural wonder of the region: the Queen Catharine Marsh. 

Named for the local Seneca Indian Queen, Catharine Montour, this 1,000 acre marsh area is a result of sedimentation and changes in the lake level.  This canal was critical to local industry and now offers visitos a serene area for kayak tours.  The marsh area is rich with history and inumerable species of wildlife. 

Today, visitors can enjoy a guided kayak tour with Summit to Stream Adventures.  While the lakes are certainly a focus of outdoor adventure in the region, the Queen Catharine Marsh is a bit of a hidden gem that allows visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of Finger Lakes Wine Country.

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