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.

Mid-Lake Map

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.



For water trail information contact:
Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
205 Saltonstall Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 585.396.3630 (Fax) 585.396.5002

Canandaigua Lake Water Trail Disclaimer

Your utilization of this website, Canandaigua Lake Water Trail materials and/or use of the Canandaigua Lake Water Trail acknowledges that you are participating at your own risk.  If you paddle with minor child(ren), you acknowledge that the risks apply to them as well, and you will take any necessary precautions to keep them safe.  Paddling and related activities can be unpredictable and/or dangerous.

Paddlers risk injury and even death from drowning, hypothermia, and other hazards. This website and Canandaigua Lake Water Trail materials do not replace proper planning or instruction by a qualified instructor, nor do they replace the skill, proper equipment, experience, and judgement that every paddler needs.  Be sure to read and follow all safety suggestions.  By paddling on the Canandaigua Lake Water Trail, you understand that there are risks including but not limited to physical injury, pain, and temporary or permanent disability which may arrive from your or others’ actions, inactions, or negligence or the condition of the activity’s location.

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council and the Finger Lakes Visitor’s Connection do not own, operate or maintain any of the Canandaigua Lake Water Trail Access Sites. Each access site is owned and operated by separate and independent governmental and non-governmental organizations.  These sites may change without our knowledge and therefore not updated on our website.  By participating, you acknowledge and agree the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council and its affiliates shall not be liable for any loss or damage of whatever nature (direct, indirect, consequential or other) that may arise as a result of your participation or that of any minor child(ren) under your care in this or any other activities.


For tourism information contact:
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
25 Gorham Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 877-FUN-IN-NY (877) 386-4669