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.

kayak launch
looking south
summer shore
Parking on Canadice Lake Rd
Canadice Lake

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.

West Canadice Lake Trail
Canadice Lake parking lot Purcell Road
Canadice Lake Purcell Road Parking Lot

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 the lake.

Robs Trail Nature Conservancy Hemlock Canadice Lake
Robs Trail toward Hemlock Lake

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.

  • 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

“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 Canadice and Hemlock 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.”

Canadice Lake - Finger Lakes

More Information about Canadice Lake

45 minutes from Rochester – MAP

You can drive around the entire lake in 20 minutes.

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What is your favorite activity on Canadice Lake?

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Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.