Honeoye Lake cover

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

Honeoye Lake is the most shallow (only 30 ft deep!) and the second smallest of the Finger Lakes. The lake is just 45 minutes from Rochester, and you can drive around the entire lake in 30 minutes. Like Conesus, the lake freezes completely in the winter.

Honeoye Lake Sandy Beach Park
Sandy Bottom Park Nature Trail enter boardwalk
Sandy Bottom Park & Nature Trail
Sandy Bottom Park Nature Trail boardwalk Honeoye Creek
Honeoye Creek
Sandy Bottom Park Nature Trail meadow
Sandy Bottom Park Nature Trail meadow

Sandy Bottom Park & Nature Trail

Relax, swim or put in a car-top boat at Sandy Bottom Park on the north shore.

A walking trail at the north end of East Lake Road is open year-round for visitors to walk, jog and enjoy outdoor scenery and wildlife. A wooded Nature Trail just west of the Honeoye Outlet, accessible from Main Street, can also be used to walk to Sandy Bottom Beach.

Honeoye Lake state boat launch

There is a larger boat launch on the east shore at Honeoye Lake Boat Launch State Park.

Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake scenic overlook 20A
Scenic overlook on 20-A
Honeoye Lake scenic overlook Inlet WMA
Honeoye Inlet WMA
CR-36 below Harriet Hollister
CR-36 below Harriet Hollister

Scenic Overlooks

The drive around Honeoye Lake, especially in peak Autumn, is one of my favorite drives in the Finger Lakes region.

Head up Canadice Hill to Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area for one a spectacular view! There is another scenic overlook toward the northeast on NY-20A, but the lake itself is less visible.

Follow CR-36 south along the west side of Honeoye Lake for spectacular views of the Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area and Canadice Hill.

Honeoye Creek outlet
Honeoye Creek outlet

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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.