North End Map
The north end of Canandaigua Lake has numerous launching and destination sites. These sites provide access to bathroom and water facilities, swimming beaches, restaurants, ice cream shops, and overnight accommodations. There are at least two privately-owned rental facilities for stand up paddleboards and kayaks in this area. However, the area also faces many challenges for nonmotorized boaters.
The mid-lake sites encompass a large geographic area. Onanda Park on the West side is in a strategic location for full day trip paddlers and provides a host of amenities that many of the other sites do not provide. The East Shore Preserve at Bare Hill site provides paddlers a destination point from a variety of launch sites. Vine Valley provides a low slope user friendly launching site with amenities.
South End Map
The south end sites provide opportunities for both in-lake and nature preserve style paddling in the Hi-Tor Wildlife Management Area. There are multiple sites that can be used both as launching and destination sites. The West River paddle leads to the Finger Lakes Land Trust West River Preserve.
Maps to help plan your next trip
Canandaigua Lake has a number of existing and potential access sites and destination areas for paddlers to utilize. The sites are organized by three geographic areas: North, Mid-Lake and South end. The existing access sites are concentrated at the north end and south ends of the lake, with a few strategic sites located along the shorelines on the east and west sides of the lake.