Hemlock Lake is the most undeveloped and pristine of the Finger Lakes, and just 45 minutes from Rochester.
As a source of drinking water for the City, the DEC protects the lake and it’s tributaries, making this forever-wild, tranquil landscape the perfect place to unwind. There are no cottages on the shore, and swimming and large motorized boats are prohibited. Boats are limited to 17 feet in length and a maximum of 10HP engine power, which makes Hemlock Lake an ideal spot for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
The forests surrounding the southern end of the lake are classified as "old growth" forests. This means that they were not cut down by settlers and naturally re-grown, as in the case of the other lakes. The Eagle Crest Preserve is a nature conservancy found on the west side of the lake and is dedicated to protecting the old growth forests. The 415 acres of untouched hemlock, beech, sugar maple, and oak trees provide the ideal setting for hiking, bird watching, and trout fishing.
Adjacent to the lake you will find Rob's Trail, a challenging hike between Hemlock and Canadice Lakes or you could visit Harriet Hollister Park, home to some of the most spectacular views in the area.
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