Summertime in Rochester: Canadice Lake

Canadice Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

Canadice Lake, just 45 minutes from Rochester, is the highest, smallest, and most remote-feeling of the Finger Lakes. As a source of drinking water for the City, there are no buildings along the shoreline, making this the perfect place for peace and quiet.

Boating on Canadice Lake

There is a car-top boat launch on the eastern shore, plus several places to park along Canadice Lake Road and carry a kayak down to the water’s edge. These make great shore and ice fishing spots.

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Canadice Lake kayak launch

Canadice Lake kayaks

Canadice Lake fishing

Canadice Lake summer looking south

Canadice Lake summer shore

Canadice Lake summer reflection

Parking on Canadice Lake Rd

Canadice Lake

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Hiking the West Lake Trail

To access the west lake trail from the north shore, park in the lot off Purcell Hill Road and walk the road past the gate. The trail runs the full-3-mile length of Canadice Lake.

West Canadice Lake Trail

Canadice Lake parking lot Purcell Road

Canadice Lake Purcell Road Parking Lot

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Rob’s Trail

You can hike Rob’s Trail between Hemlock and Canadice Lakes through Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. Check out this brochure before you go. There is a parking lot on NY-15A which serves as a midway point between both lakes.

“Rob’s Trail Preserve is a collection of memorial trails nestled among the high ridges and rolling hills of the Finger Lakes. Completed in 2008, Rob’s Trail—Canadice was built to connect two undeveloped lakeshore properties that protect Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, the main source of Rochester’s drinking water supply. With the help of donors and volunteers, a new trail, Rob’s Trail—Hemlock Lake, was built in 2016 that makes it possible to hike from one lake to the other. Please be advised the spur trail to Canadice Lake is a challenging trail that is steep and minimally maintained.”

  • Loop Trail – 1.75 miles
  • Candice Lake Trail – .75 miles
  • Hemlock Trail – 4.8 miles
    • To shoreline – 1.5 miles
    • To boat launch – 4.8 miles
  • Connector Trail – .28 miles

Robs Trail Nature Conservancy Hemlock Canadice Lake

Robs Trail toward Hemlock Lake

More Information about Canadice Lake

45 minutes from Rochester – MAP

You can drive around the entire lake in 20 minutes.

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