Archive for June, 2016
Three miles long and only 95 feet deep Canadice is great for kayaking as it remains calm with the steep hills that surround it and can be kayaked from end-to-end. Thanks to it being designated a water supply for the city of Rochester in 1872 and the eventual repurchasing of all private property along the lakeshore, Canadice Lake appear as untouched as it did hundreds of years ago.
The best way to experience the beauty of this “wild” lake is from the water. A 360-degree view from the center of the lake allows you to imagine you are the first explorer to experience the calm waters and wooded shoreline, with steep hills carving the horizon. You will see no homes, no cell towers, no development of any kind.
What you will see is Eelgrass, Water Lilies, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Snapping Turtles (HUGE), Herons, Kingfishers, and maybe an Eagle. Along the edge of the lake Wild Roses and Wild Raspberries bloom.
Giant snapping turtles with moss growing on their shells, laze a few inches below the surface of the water allowing a close-up view of something frighteningly prehistoric.
Where can you launch a boat? Kayaks can be launched from several trails that go from the road to the water’s edge. Small motorized boats can be launched on the east side of the lake (see map).
Heading east across the Finger Lakes region on Route 96, we were looking for a spot to stop for lunch. Between Shortsville and Phelps we headed south to Clifton Springs and stopped at Warfields.
If it’s a sunny summer day ask to dine outside next to the English Garden.
Clifton Springs is such a pleasant visual surprise. Matching store fronts invite you to stroll down the street and explore.
What was once a health community, founded because of the believed healing minerals of sulfur springs, remains today as a an integrative medicine center and spa.
For more history on Clifton Springs, check out the Foster Cottage Museum.