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Canadice Lake

(Circumnavigate unspoiled Canadice Lake.)
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Excursion

Circumnavigate the pristine shores of Canadice Lake, a water source for the city of Rochester. The unspoiled shores of this hidden gem provide an experience not unlike the Adirondacks or remote Canadian Provinces.

Beginning at a shallow shale beach on the south east shore, we will paddle to the marsh at the southern end of the lake where numerous bird species roost and forage. After observing the wildlife of the marsh, we will move north along the western shore which provides gorgeous views and opportunities for pictures. Arriving at the northern bank you can see Canadice Outlet which connects Canadice to Hemlock, the lake one and a half miles to the west. Finally, we will paddle back south along the eastern shore, passing the gravel boat launch on the eastern bank and arriving at the shale beach where we began. This 6-mile circumnavigation will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

Skill Level

This half day tour is for beginners who would like to try kayaking for the first time and those with more experience who enjoy a relaxing paddle in an unspoiled setting.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at 10:30AM to gear up and learn paddling and safety basics.
  • Start at the shale beach on the south east shore of the lake at 11:00AM.
  • Paddle around the edge of the lake stopping for bird watching and pictures.
  • Stop on a stone beach at the north end of the lake for a short rest and stretch.
  • Paddle back to the shale beach where we started by 2:00PM.

Details

A DEC Kiosk labeled Hemlock-Canadice State Forest marks the put-in on the south eastern end of the lake. Parking is free and porta-potties are available there as well as at the boat launch about a mile north up the road. Because this lake is one of the water sources for the city of Rochester there has been almost no development along its shores. This also means that swimming is prohibited. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks!

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Review for Canadice Lake
4/5
Canadice Lake July 20, 2019

My granddaughter Antonia (12 years) and I had a wonderful time kayaking on Canadice Lake on a hot day. After some initial trouble finding the right spot (more detailed instructions how to get there would have been helpful) Pat gave us an introduction how to be seated in the kayak. This was followed by a discussion of the proper technique to hold the paddle and we were on our way. The lake is beautiful and Pat knows the history of the lake. It was the first real kayak tour for Antonia and she did very well and certainly will go kayaking again. Thank you Pat for a great day!

Review for Canadice Lake
5/5
Canadice lake July 14, 2020

Me and my girlfriend did kayaking on canadice Lake on a beautiful day. Patrick gave us some tips on kayaking as we were doing it for the first time. Patrick is a experienced guide and lets you do the whole trip at your own pace. We had a nice day. Thanks Patrick.

Review for Canadice Lake
4/5
Canadice Lake September 4, 2020

Very enjoyable, easy paddle. Good equipment and skilled guides. We did have trouble finding the boat launch and would not have found it if not for a couple of other kayakers headed that way. Looking forward to taking another tour. Have already recommended Kayak Time to friends.

Review for Canadice Lake
5/5
Great experience!

My fiance is a huge fan of kayaking. I am a relative novice and was pretty weary of the whole venture. Our tour guide was Patick. We did a tour of Lake Canadice on memorial day. The lake was amazing. The gear was quality. And Patrick was able to accommodate my complete lack of skills. Both me and my fiance had a wonderful time. I can’t recommend this tour company high enough. I cannot wait to go again!

4.5 stars - based on 4 reviews
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Excursion

Circumnavigate the pristine shores of Canadice Lake, a water source for the city of Rochester. The unspoiled shores of this hidden gem provide an experience not unlike the Adirondacks or remote Canadian Provinces.

Beginning at a shallow shale beach on the south east shore, we will paddle to the marsh at the southern end of the lake where numerous bird species roost and forage. After observing the wildlife of the marsh, we will move north along the western shore which provides gorgeous views and opportunities for pictures. Arriving at the northern bank you can see Canadice Outlet which connects Canadice to Hemlock, the lake one and a half miles to the west. Finally, we will paddle back south along the eastern shore, passing the gravel boat launch on the eastern bank and arriving at the shale beach where we began. This 6-mile circumnavigation will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

Skill Level

This half day tour is for beginners who would like to try kayaking for the first time and those with more experience who enjoy a relaxing paddle in an unspoiled setting.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at 10:30AM to gear up and learn paddling and safety basics.
  • Start at the shale beach on the south east shore of the lake at 11:00AM.
  • Paddle around the edge of the lake stopping for bird watching and pictures.
  • Stop on a stone beach at the north end of the lake for a short rest and stretch.
  • Paddle back to the shale beach where we started by 2:00PM.

Details

A DEC Kiosk labeled Hemlock-Canadice State Forest marks the put-in on the south eastern end of the lake. Parking is free and porta-potties are available there as well as at the boat launch about a mile north up the road. Because this lake is one of the water sources for the city of Rochester there has been almost no development along its shores. This also means that swimming is prohibited. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks!

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