Experience Nature From All Angles | Canandaigua Lake

When I am out and about I am always looking for way to experience nature. If you are also someone who enjoys nature making a trip to Canandaigua Lake is a good way to book some time with nature. There are places to get out in nature north, south, east, and west.

At the north end of Canandaigua Lake lies the town of Canandaigua. The town of Canandaigua is home to some of my favorite features of this lake. These features are some of my favorites because they are conveniently located and easy to access. They also provide beautiful scenery for relaxation and photography.

Long exposure of the waves on Canandaigua Lake.

At the north end of the lake you can walk or drive out into the lake on the Canandaigua City Pier. You can park at the end of the pier and get out sit on a bench and just relax. Scenic views in all directions. This attraction provides views unlike what you can see at many of the other finger Lakes.

If you start your visit to Canandaigua Lake at the City Pier next you can walk over to Kershaw Park. At Kershaw park there are walking paths that take your for a beautiful stroll along the northern end of Canandaigua Lake. And among the beautiful spot to sit and relax is the beautiful Lakeside Gazebo. Continue your stroll from Kershaw Park and cross over the Canandaigua Outlet and enjoy a walk through Lagoon Park.

Birdsfoot Trefoil growing near the lake.

Canandaigua Lake is also a great place to just go for a scenic drive. There are beautiful views along all the roads as you drive around. There are also multiple public lands to stop at and enjoy nature.

Onanda Park on the west side of the lake has a lot to offer at a relatively small park. There is a beautiful area to walk down to the lakefront and put your feet in the water. There is an upland area that provides a more scenic view. In addition there is a trail and a creek, and a waterfall to enjoy. So a little bit for everyone who enjoys nature.

In the Finger Lakes Region we are fortunate to have a not for profit working to preserve and protect the amazing landscape we are able to enjoy. There are 6 Finger Lakes Land Trust sites around Canandaigua Lake. One on each side of the lake and 4 and the southern end of Canandaigua Lake. A combination of scenic overlooks, waterfront and other types of landscapes can be found at these Finger Lakes Land Trust sites around Canandaigua Lake. There are also over 4 miles of hiking trails available.

At the southern end of Canandaigua Lake some of these land trust sites are right near another beautiful natural area. The High Tor Wildlife Management Area contains a variety of habitat including wetlands and woodlands. When exploring High Tor there are miles of trails and service roads to help you get around. There are also numerous parking areas to stop and explore by car.

Ice breaking up along the shores of Canandaigua Lake.

Have fun drive around and explore all that Canandaigua Lake and the surrounding region have to offer.

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