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Physical Characteristics

  • Length: 7 miles
  • Width: .5 miles
  • Max Depth: 91 ft
  • Average Depth: 45 ft
  • Volume: 29 billion gallons

Water Facts

  • Like Canadice, Hemlock Lake is used as a water reservoir for the City of Rochester. Therefore, there are no cottages on the shore, and certain activities are either banned (such as swimming) or restricted.
  • 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 fishing.
  • 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 only Finger Lake not named by Native Americans