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Keuka Lake is an unusual member of the Finger Lakes because it is Y-shaped instead of long and narrow. Because of its unusual shape, it was referred to in the past as the "Crooked Lake." The lake also empties into another Finger Lake, Seneca Lake, from an outlet at its northeastern end by Penn Yan, New York. The lake is about twenty miles long and varies in width from a half to two miles. The length of the shoreline is about sixty miles.
The village of Penn Yan, New York is at the northeastern tip of the lake and Branchport is at the northwestern tip. Hammondsport lies at the south end of the lake. Hammondsport was the home of aviation pioneeer Glenn Curtiss, the Father of Naval Aviation.
Much of the economy of this region is based on grape growing and wine production. Keuka College is located in Keuka Park on the western shore of Keuka Lake. Keuka Lake State Park is located at the northwest branch of the lake.
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