Keuka Lake, Penn Yan, NY. Keuka Lake (/ˈkjuːkə/kyoo-kuh) is an unusual member of the U.S. state of New York's Finger Lakes because it is Y-shaped, instead of long and narrow. Because of its shape, it was referred to in the past as Crooked Lake. Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language.
Keuka Lake Outlet Trail (Dresden, NY): The strip of land you will be walking from Seneca Lake to Keuka Lake is steeped in history. You'll see evidence of places and events from several bygone eras as you walk westward. In the middle of the nineteenth century, two fingers of water connected the 274-foot drop between Keuka and Seneca Lakes, the outlet to power mills, and the Crooked Lake Canal for boat traffic. A dam and guardhouse in Penn Yan controlled the water flow to both.