What Are the Names of the 11 Finger Lakes?


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The names of the 11 Finger Lakes from east to west are Otisco, Skaneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Hemlock and Conesus Lake.

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The Finger Lakes are a pattern of lakes in the west-central section of Upstate New York in the United States. The lakes, due to their long and narrow qualities, resemble fingers, and are roughly oriented on a north-south axis. The two longest, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, are among the deepest in America. Both lakes are approximately 40 miles long, and have a maximum width of 3.5 miles.

Cayuga is the longest lake at 38.1 miles. Seneca has the largest volume, estimated at 4.2 trillion US gallons, which is roughly half of the water in all of the Finger Lakes. It has a surface area of 42,800 acres and a maximum depth of 618 feet, making it the deepest of the lakes. Its mean depth is 291 feet. The bottoms of both the Seneca and Cayuga lakes are well below sea level.

Oneida Lake is generally not considered one of the Finger Lakes, but it is sometimes called the "thumb," while Seneca Lake is regarded as the middle finger. Cazenovia Lake to the east, although smaller, is sometimes called the 12th Finger Lake.

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