Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes are a pattern of lakes in the west-central section of Upstate New York in the United States. This region is defined as a bioregion. They are a popular tourist destination. The lakes are long and narrow (resembling fingers), and are oriented roughly on a north-south axis. The two longest, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, are among the deepest in America. Both are close to 40 miles (64 km) from end to end, and never more than 3.5 miles (5.6 km) wide. Cayuga is the longest (38.1 miles, 61 km) and Seneca the largest in total area. Seneca is the deepest (618 feet, 188 m), followed by Cayuga (435 feet, 133 m), with their bottoms well below sea level. These largest lakes resemble the others in shape, which collectively reminded early map-makers of human fingers.

Show Only... Charts / Google Maps / Maps / Photos

Home
New York State
Canandaigua Lake
Conesus Lake WMA
Geneseo
Hemlock-Canadice Lake State Forest
High Torr WMA
Honeoye
Keuka Lake
Montour Falls
Sanford Lake
Taughannock State Park

Questions? Need an updated map? Email me andy@andyarthur.org.

Map: Hemlock Lake North

Map: Hemlock Lake North

Hemlock-Canadice State Forest is located 20 miles east of Geneseo, between the hamlets of Hemlock and Springwater. It covers approximately 6,684 acres in the towns of Livonia, Conesus and Springwater in Livingston County and the towns of Richmond and Canadice in Ontario County.

Hemlock and Canadice Lakes have provided drinking water for the City of Rochester and adjacent communities for more than 100 years. In order to protect water quality, the City acquired much of the watershed property around the lakes. Over the decades, the land was planted and/or naturally reverted to forest, with few remaining traces of its former uses except for stone walls. Today, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, with their steep forested shorelines guarding the deep clear water, show visitors a glimpse of the past when all the Finger Lakes were wild lakes.

Map: Hemlock Lake – Northern Portion

Map: Hemlock Lake – Northern Portion

Hemlock-Canadice State Forest is located 20 miles east of Geneseo, between the hamlets of Hemlock and Springwater. It covers approximately 6,684 acres in the towns of Livonia, Conesus and Springwater in Livingston County and the towns of Richmond and Canadice in Ontario County.

Hemlock and Canadice Lakes have provided drinking water for the City of Rochester and adjacent communities for more than 100 years. In order to protect water quality, the City acquired much of the watershed property around the lakes. Over the decades, the land was planted and/or naturally reverted to forest, with few remaining traces of its former uses except for stone walls. Today, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, with their steep forested shorelines guarding the deep clear water, show visitors a glimpse of the past when all the Finger Lakes were wild lakes.

Map: Conesus Inlet WMA

Map: Conesus Inlet WMA

The Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area contains over 1,120 acres located in the township of Conesus, Livingston County, on the southern end of Conesus Lake. It is bounded on the west by West Swamp Road (State Route 256), on the east by East Swamp Road, on the south by Guiltner Road, and on the north by Conesus Lake. The topography of Conesus Inlet consists of a flat valley flood plain with steep sloping hills on the east and west. Vegetation consists primarily of marsh types with a peripheral border of swamp hardwoods, brush, and open land.

In the late 1960's, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation purchased this land, subsequently initiating wildlife management programs to conserve and protect this vital wetland resource. An additional 83 acres was purchased in 1979 to provide access to Conesus Lake and to preserve critical northern pike spawning habitat.

Management objectives are to maintain pike spawning and rearing habitat in the inlet and adjacent wetlands, waterfowl utilization in the marsh, and upland habitat along the edges. The inlet contains the major, if not the only, northern pike spawning grounds on Conesus Lake. Several small ponds and potholes have been created for the wildlife in addition to the development of a major impoundment marsh and other wetland enhancement projects.

Public recreational use is encouraged to the extent it does not conflict with the primary objectives. Normal use includes hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, photography, hiking and environmental education. Several parking lots and two scenic overlooks offer excellent access and opportunities to observe wildlife. A fisherman's access parking area at the north end of the area, on Conesus Lake, also offers car-top boat launch access to the lake. A nature trail along the western portion provides viewing of wetland and upland habitats and wildlife species.

Map: Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area

Map: Honeoye Creek Wildlife Management Area

Located north of the hamlet of Honeoye in Ontario County, this 717 acre Wildlife Management Area was Purchased in 1988 with funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act. The area consists of agricultural fields, brushlots, woodlands and swamps that provide a varied habitat fro many species of wildlife.

Management of the area emphasizes habitat conservation for wildlife, compatible public use and enjoyment of the area's attributes, and serves as an educational demonstration area for land management techniques.