Length: 3 miles
Width: 0.3 miles
Depth: 95 feet
Nearby Town: Town of Canadice


Just 30 miles south of Rochester, Canadice Lake is a world apart from the major Finger Lakes. Like its neighbor, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake is surrounded by steep and forested shorelines that remain undeveloped, creating an atmosphere of serene and tranquil isolation. Bald eagles and other waterfowl have made these untouched shorelines their home making it a perfect sport for birding enthusiasts.  


Canadice and Hemlocks Lakes have provided drinking water for the City of Rochester and its surrounding communities for more than 100 years. Due to the high elevation, the water pressure builds naturally, therefore pumps are not needed to transport the water to the surrounding areas.   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. 


There are some restrictions for boating although it is allowed. Boats must use one of the two boat launch sites to put in. See the NYS DEC map for details: North Lake South Lake For more information, check out our Canadice Lake Boating Guide.

Kayak, Canoe and Paddle boarding is the sport of choice on Canadice lake due to the lack of boating traffic. There’s one place where you can rent a kayak, canoe, SUP or bike: 


Both Canadice and Hemlock Lakes are highly regarded among anglers as a place to get away from it all and enjoy a day of fishing. Several varieties of trout are stocked annually, ensuring a healthy population of these species. Fishing regulations apply. Fishing from the shore is not allowed. See our Canadice Fishing Guide for the complete list of fishing species and other important information.

Because Canadice Lake is a water reservoir, certain activities like swimming are banned in order to protect the quality of the water. See our swimming Guide for swimming locations around the other lakes.


There are some great places to hike around Cayuga Lake, many of which afford the opportunity to see breathtaking waterfalls.

Hemlock-Canadice State Forest

The forest is almost 7000 acres of forest that surrounds Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. There are about 14 miles of marked hiking trails on Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. There is no fee for visitors. Activities allowed: Hiking, Hunting/ Trapping, Fishing, Paddling, Boating, Wildlife, Biking, and Snowmobiling.

Rob’s Trail

Rob’s Trail connects both lakes and makes gorges and waterfalls otherwise inaccessible to hikers.