Finger Lakes Summer: Fall on Canadice Lake

October 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment


Canadice lake

Fall color on the shore of Canadice


A hike around Canadice Lake is like going back in time.

Canadice Lake used to have cottages all along its shore. Staring in 1872 the city of Rochester decided to use Canadice and Hemlock Lakes as a water supply, and began buying all the shoreline property. By 1947 Rochester had purchased all of the shoreline property and removed the cottages This area is now free of the commercialization that characterizes the other Finger Lakes.


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A view from the north end of Canadice Lake


Ninety-foot-deep Canadice Lake is the smallest of the Finger Lakes (3 miles long), but it has the highest elevation, at 1,096 feet. It is less than a half-mile across and only 95 feet deep.


View into the woods Canadice

View from the shore into the woods


Walking along the shoreline I could see beech, maple, hemlock, oak and sassafras trees. I heard only the sound of the wind through the trees and the sounds of birds. I walked along 3 miles of undeveloped shoreline — just rocks, amazing driftwood, hawks, deer, and loads of chipmunks.


Canadice lake, Finger lakes

A view towards the north end of the lake


It is more fun to share pictures than to write.



Canadice Hiking Trail

Trail runs the entire length of the lake



Trails along Canadice and Hemlock Lakes

Trail parallels the lake edge


Location: West side of Canadice Lake, Ontario County
Parking: From Route 15A, turn east onto Purcell Hill Road. Find a dirt parking area on the north side, mid-way between Canadice Hollow Road and Canadice Lake Road.
Alternate Parking: Canadice Lake Road, approximately 3.5 miles south of Purcell Hill Road on west side of road (lake side)
Length: 4 miles one way



Canadice lake, Finger lakes

This tree was in full color



Rocks on the shore of Canadice lake

The rocks along the shore are really interesting



Canadice lake

Who can resist such interesting rocks?



trees along the edge of Canadice lake

Tree roots make a beautiful sculpture



Entry filed under: Canadice Lake, Environmental Protection Fund, Hiking, Nature Conservancy, New York, Rochester. Tags: , , , , , , .

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