The Water Trail makes it easy for you to plan a paddling trip. You can start by choosing an launch site or one of our pre-planned itineraries. Visit our Maps Page to find nearby launch and destination sites. Review paddling distances from our distance tables to gauge how many miles the trip might be. Become familiar with guidelines and emergency take out locations. It is our hope you have the opportunity to experience the Canandaigua Lake and appreciate its beauty.

Types of Access Sites

  • Launch Sites – places where a kayak or canoe may be launched into or taken from the water. There are 12 launch sites along the Water Trail. All launch sites can also be used as a destination site.
  • Destination Only Site – day-use-only stopover sites for resting, picnicking,  or visiting attractions.



For water trail information contact:
Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
205 Saltonstall Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 585.396.3630 (Fax) 585.396.5002
Email: klo@canandaiguanewyork.gov

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

Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 877-FUN-IN-NY (877) 386-4669
Email: info@visitfingerlakes.com