Water Trail Safety
Paddler safety is an essential component of the Water Trail. Canandaigua Lake is utilized for many recreational purposes, so paddlers are sharing the water with motorized boats, sailboats, fisherpersons, and swimmers. To ensure all users of the lake are safe, we will utilized a multi-tiered approach for safety to protect paddlers and help paddlers protect themselves.
1. Identify and publish emergency take out locations
Paddlers may need to exit the water quickly, due to inclement weather conditions or a medical emergency. Paddlers can utilize any of the launch sites or destinations points to seek shelter. In addition, a few private businesses have agreed to allow paddlers to utilize their property as emergency take out locations. The emergency take out locations provide a place to seek shelter in areas that lack access points or are located close to roads and phones if a medical emergency takes place. These areas will be posted on all Water Trail maps and will have signage designating it an emergency take out location if the property owner allows it. The emergency take out sites include:
- Canandaigua Yacht Club
- Finger Lakes Land Trust Great Hill Nature Preserve
2. Emergency Contact Information
If a paddler has an emergency, they can call or text 9-1-1. In addition, the Ontario County Sheriff’s office non-emergency line is (585) 394-4560. The Yates County Sheriff’s office non-emergency line is 315-536-4438.
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.