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Canadice Lake

Coordinates: 42.719°N 77.569°W

Elevation: 1096 feet/334 meters

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An autumn scene on Canadice Lake in the Finger Lakes, New York USA. Photo by Ithaca, New York photographer Jon Reis.

 

The name canadice is said to mean "long lake." This is a bit strange since the lake is only 3.2 mi./5.15 km. long, making it the smallest of the Finger Lakes. Canadice Lake covers about 850 acres. It is 1,300 ft./396 m. wide with a maximum depth is 95 ft./29 m. At 1,096 ft./334 m. above sea level, it is the highest of the Finger Lakes.

 

A sign warning visitors to Canadice Lake that it is the watershed for the City of Rochester, New York USA.Along with Hemlock Lake, Canadice supplies water to the City of Rochester. Approximately 7,100 acres around the two lakes are owned by the State of New York with the City of Rochester operating as the lakes' steward. As with Hemlock Lake, access to the Lake and the land around the lake is by permit only. Permits are free and are part of a brochure that can be downloaded off the Hemlock and Canadice Lakes Watershed Web site. This brochure lists all permitted and prohibited activities and provides a detailed map indicating trails, boat launch sites, roads, and restricted areas. There are no facilities around Canadice Lake; however, Hemlock Lake Park, the location of which is indicated on the map, has restrooms and a picnic area. City of Rochester employees patrol both lakes and the land around the lakes, which is posted, even on Sundays and holidays.

 

The fact that the lake is a water source for the City of Rochester has meant that lakeshore development that occurs on most lakes hasn't occurred here. Instead, the steep, unbroken, wooded lakeshore provides a beauty and restfulness usually found in more remote areas. The trails are suitable for biking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. The area abounds in wildlife and can be an excellent spot to watch birds, especially during migration. See more information about the trails around Canadice Lake

A lone boater enjoys the solitude on Canadice Lake in the Finger Lakes, New York USA. 

The hills around the lake break the wind and provide boaters with generally calm water. But when the wind picks up, the water on this small lake can become rough. At this time, paddling becomes much more difficult. To avoid the wind, try night paddling by the light of the moon. Your trip around the lake should take about 4 hours.

Public Access

East side of lake on Canadice Lake Rd. south of intersection of Burch Hill Rd. Access to lake by permit only from City of Rochester. Parking for 20 vehicles. Brochure.

 

WARNING: According to the New York State Department of Health (DoH), trout in Canadice Lake are contaminated with PCBs. The DoH recommends that people in general eat no more than one meal per month of lake trout over 25" and brown trout of any size and that women of childbearing age and children under the age of 15 eat none. DoH Advisory

 

Updated 11 August 2010

 

 

 

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