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.




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