Photo: Bill Hecht

Land Donation Secures Over 1,000 Feet of Seneca Lake Shoreline

The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) today announced it has received a donation of 30 acres with 1,080 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Seneca Lake in the town of Fayette, Seneca County.

Located three miles south of Geneva, the property is a gift from the estate of Robert Kriss who passed away in 2021. Robert was a resident of Geneva who enjoyed outdoor recreation and had deep concerns about the natural environment.

Two non-contiguous parcels comprise the 30 acres, set in an agricultural landscape on the northeastern side of Seneca Lake. A 10-acre wooded shoreline parcel is separated by a rail line from 20 additional acres that features woodlands, brush, and a farm field. The property’s natural shoreline is of particular significance for fish and wildlife.

An aerial view of a lakeshore with farmland in the distance

Photo: Bill Hecht

The FLLT intends to manage the property as the Kriss Family Nature Preserve. Due to the site’s limited access by land, public access will be by boat only at this time. Protecting undeveloped shoreline is one of the organization’s top strategies for safeguarding water quality and providing public access to our region’s lakeshores.

Other FLLT-protected lands in the area include the Bishop Nature Preserve, which provides access to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail, as well as the Kashong Conservation Area, which is owned and managed by the Town of Geneva.

“We are grateful for this tremendous gift to the Land Trust, the community, and Seneca Lake,” said Land Trust Executive Director Andy Zepp. “Undeveloped shoreline is scarce in the Finger Lakes and it’s so important for wildlife and the health of the lake.”