Mendon Ponds Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Mendon Ponds Park lies close to Rochester, just a mile south of the Thruway. Although not a wilderness environment, it provides a great place for family recreation, a place to teach children about plants, wildlife, geology, and canoeing. The 1,000-acre wetland area has much to teach us about climate cycles and geology. The surrounding bog, underlain with peat, provides an outstanding example of the rare kettle-hole bog community. Kettle hole ponds, remnants of the last Ice Age, formed as glaciers retreated, leaving behind huge chunks of ice buried in glacial till. The melting ice formed kettle holes, which gradually filled in with sphagnum over thousands of years, forming peatlands. As the leading edges of glaciers retreated, they left behind low sediment ridges called eskers, which we can see here and in many other areas of the North Country. Eskers formed when under-ice rivers flowed through glacial cracks, depositing sediment along their borders. Habitat type: small, shallow ponds"