With its shallow, warm water and long, sunny days, the north end of Canandaigua Lake is a kayaking paradise – some places are ONLY accessible by kayak. Here are 6 lakefront parks you can explore by kayak, and all within 1 mile of Fallbrook Cove.
Here’s a map to Lakefront Park:
You’ll start by paddling around the Rosepark Cottages docks and pass the wharf where the Canandaigua Lady ties up each night. Here’s how the Lady docks:
Next, you’ll see the public docks donated to the City of Canandaigua by the developers of the Finger Lakes Resort:
You can’t miss the five-story structure currently under construction – it’s the Finger Lakes Resort, consisting of a hotel, restaurant, condominium and conference center. Here’s a recent photo:
Here’s a map to Lagoon Park:
To get to Lagoon Park, you’ll pass Lakefront Park, but once you pass the public docks in front of the Finger Lakes Resort, immediately turn right:
Keep these public docks on your right, and within a few strokes you’ll approach the mouth of the lake, which looks like this:
Pass beneath the two bridges – you’ll have the five-story Finger Lakes Resort on your right, and the Twisted Rail Brewing Company on your left. Now you’ve entered Lagoon Park:
You’ll see a couple bridges that connect the walking paths throughout the park:
Take your time inLagoon Park because it’s unique to feel so secluded with this pristine area when you’re surrounded by the entire Canandaigua lakefront.
Here’s a map to Kershaw Park:
Kershaw Park is the longest lakefront park on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Its most prominent feature of is the public bathhouse, which looks like this:
Canandaigua City Pier:
Here’s a map to the Canandaigua City Pier:
The City Pier is easy to find: it’s straight across the lake from Fallbrook Cove. The Pier extends far into the lake:
These historic boathouses are sheltered within the City Pier:
Here’s a map to Squaw Island:
From a distance, it’s easy to miss Squaw Island because it’s the smallest state park in New York and it blends in with . the surrounding shoreline.
Here’s a photo of the plaque on the City Pier describing Squaw Island:
Here’s a map to Atwater Meadows:
Like Lagoon Park, you need a kayak to reach Atwater Meadows because the water is very shallow. It’s just north of Squaw Island, so when you visit Squaw Island, turn towards the natural shoreline and paddle as close as you want to the huge Willow trees. You’ll see all types of waterfowl, and you feel far away from the motorboat traffic far behind you.