Photo: Peter Carroll

Bell Station

Witness the beauty and majesty of Cayuga Lake from the shore of the Bell Station property.

Natural History

Located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in Lansing, Bell Station is a remarkable property that features 3,400 feet of pristine shoreline, wooded hillsides, extensive fields, and several small streams with cascading waterfalls.

Follow the trail down to the lake and delight in discovering native plants, such as trillium and wild ginger, along the way. Let the lake breezes enliven your senses as you skip rocks along the water’s edge, or look for signs of wildlife. Bald Eagles are frequently seen on the property and waterfowl seasonally congregate off the shoreline.

All dogs must be on a leash and kept in full control by their owners. Please do not allow your dog to chase wildlife or intimidate other visitors.

 

History

The property was originally acquired by New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) for a nuclear power plant that was never built. Shortly after NYSEG announced plans to auction the property to the highest bidder in September 2021, the Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) urged the community to get involved.

Fortunately, the community rallied and made its voices heard. Civic groups and local elected officials requested the cancellation of the auction and more than 4,000 citizens signed a petition calling for the same. Governor Kathy Hochul responded and secured a commitment from NYSEG to cancel the auction and instead negotiate directly with the FLLT on a sale of the entire 480-acre property.

The FLLT had been pursuing the conservation of Bell Station for a number of years. Its interest was shared by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which designated the FLLT as its agent to pursue acquisition of the land. In May 2022, the FLLT purchased the property.

The FLLT plans to transfer the lakeshore portion of the property to the DEC to be managed for recreational uses including hiking, wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing. In partnership with the Town of Lansing, the FLLT is also exploring the feasibility of utilizing 200 acres of the property for solar energy production.

Funding for the purchase came from a $2 million dollar loan from the Park Foundation, $500,000 raised from individual donations, and an internal loan from the FLLT’s Opportunity Fund.

Public Use

Please see our public use policies for recreational activities on nature preserves.

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Directions

From Ithaca, take Route 34/East Shore Drive approximately five miles to the intersection with Route 34B in Lansing. Turn left onto Route 34B/Ridge Road and after approximately 8 miles, veer left onto Lake Ridge Road. After less than one mile, turn left on Nut Ridge Road. Drive to the end of the road—approximately one mile— turn around and park along the south side of the road. (Do not turn right into the private drive).