Hemlock Lake is among the least developed of all of the Finger Lakes and yet is well known as a great fishing lake, with land-locked salmon, several varieties of trout and bass, as well as yellow perch and white crappie. Hemlock Lake, like nearby Canadice Lake, features undeveloped shorelines that give the lake a natural, untouched feel that is unique among the Finger Lakes. Visitors to Hemlock Lake can really get away from it all on these serene and peaceful waters.
Just 25 miles south of Rochester, Hemlock Lake has served as a water source for Rochester and nearby towns for over 100 years. As a result, fishing and other recreational activities on the lake are regulated, and boat access is limited. While the City of Rochester allows public access for fishing, hiking, nature study, boating, and hunting, usage is limited to activities that will not compromise water quality.
Visitors are asked to respect the very sensitive area as a source of public drinking water.
Visit the Department of Environmental Conservation online to learn more about which activities are subject to rules and regulations in the area.