View from Hemlock Lake

October 1, 2012 at 9:02 am Leave a comment…y-of-rochester/

The shoreline of Hemlock is stunning.

At normal water levels both Hemlock and Canadice have limited shoreline. Left alone, the forest grows right to the water’s edge. However, after a long dry summer, the lake level drops, creating a generous shore with some startling views.

Finger Lakes Summer

Looking south

No cottages, no camping, no swimming.

No access except to fishermen with small motors and canoes and kayaks.

Since 1872 the City of Rochester has been buying up the properties surrounding the lakes in preparation of making them a source of clean drinking water.

This protected area now adds up to over 7,100 acres of watershed around the two lakes. In 2010, much of the City’s land was sold to the state and is run under the management of the Department of Environmental Conservation as Hemlock-Canadice State Forest.

Finger lakes summer

Canoes are welcome on Hemlock

Finger Lakes Summer

Surface of a Turtle Stone

I have long searched for a “Turtle Stone,” This shoreline had several. This is a round rock with a pattern like a turtle’s shell on one side.

From the Ganondagan website:

“To geologists, turtle stones are septarian nodules. Septarian nodules are a specific type of stone called a concretion. A concretion is essentially a mineral-laden mud that long ago collected together and turned to rock – a natural “cement,” if you will. In the case of septarian nodules, the concreted stone has many angular cracks throughout it in which crystals have formed. Some of the most beautiful are sliced and polished to form bookends and curios. Turtle stones are generally oval in shape and the yellowish calcite that formed in the cracks has oozed out between the grey rock material to make the markings look like the back of a turtle.

These stones are more resistant to weathering than the host rock in which they are embedded and so they will often wash out to be found along streambeds and lakes. Because of their appearance, these stones are also called pseudofossils. They may look like fossils but actually have inorganic, non-fossil origins. To be clear, they are not fossilized turtle shells or dinosaur eggs though they have been mistakenly marketed as such!”

To hike or boat on Hemlock:

Finger Lakes Summer

There are two places to launch a boat. Both spots have a parking area and a short trail through the woods, but there is no trail that goes the entire length of the lake.


Entry filed under: Activities, Bird watching, boating, Cross Country Skiing, Environmental Protection Fund, Fossil Hunting, Hemlock Lake, Snowshoeing, Trails. Tags: , , , , .

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