Hemlock Lake in Livingston County is the most undeveloped and pristine of the Finger Lakes, and just 45 minutes from Rochester.
As a source of drinking water for the City, the DEC protects the lake and its tributaries, making this forever-wild, tranquil landscape the perfect place to unwind.
Relax at Hemlock Lake Park on the north shore, where you’ll also find a boat launch for both mechanical and non-mechanical vessels.
Enjoy a drive around the entire lake in 30 minutes. Make sure to drive along Mission Road to St. Michael’s Mission. You could spend the night there, too. You’ll find Eagle Crest Vineyards right down the road.
There are a few hiking trails around the lake, including one that starts on East Lake Road. Drive down 3 minutes and the road ends at a gate with a parking lot. You can walk the haul road along the lake shore. This is part of the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest.
Access Rob’s Trail from a parking lot on NY-15A. This trail connects Hemlock and Canadice Lake.
The woodlands surrounding both lakes are “old-growth forest,” meaning that these trees have not been cut down by early cottagers and replanted.
The Darkest Sky
Hemlock Lake Park is a favorite among night-sky photographers. Free from light pollution from the city and absence of lakeside residents, it the perfect spot to observe the Universe and the Milky Way.
More Information about Hemlock Lake
45 minutes from Rochester – MAP
Note: Because the lake is a drinking water reservoir, there is no swimming.
Rochester is surrounded by fresh water on all sides, but these Finger Lakes are higher in elevation than the City, and easier to protect. Engineers were able to utilize gravity to reduce the cost and complexity of piping the water 25 miles to Rochester’s local reservoirs along the Pinnacle Range.
Paddle your way to peace and quiet along Rochester’s water trails. Use these launches for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft.
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