Water Trail Rules
USE OF THE CANANDAIGUA LAKE WATER TRAIL IS AT YOUR OWN RISK
- Watch the weather. The lake can get windy and wavy pretty quickly along with experiencing substantial lightning storms
- Use Designated Sites Only. Make sure you know where to land or launch. Please respect private property.
- Clean, Drain, Dry Boats. Stop the spread of invasive species by cleaning, draining and drying boats before entering and when leaving the water. Clean vegetation and mud from boat. Drain water where it can’t get into the lake. Allow boat to dry completely.
- Be Courteous of Others. Avoid paddling near beaches and where people are fishing. Many sites are multi-use, so be aware of others and their safety.
- Be Safe. The lake has significant motorized boat traffic. Be visible and stay alert of boat traffic. NYS law requires a personal floatation device is in your boat and you must wear it from November 1 to May 1. We highly recommend wearing a life jacket at all times while canoeing or kayaking.
- Consider Swim Shoes in Shallow Waters. Zebra and quagga mussels are very sharp and can cut you.
- Know the Rules. Each site has its own rules, restrictions and fees. Store boats in designated area. Follow the rules, so paddlers are allowed in the future.
- Don’t Litter. Please take all trash with you.
- Use Public Restrooms. Do not use the lake as a bathroom.
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.