Hemlock Lake Trails

Rochester, New York 14614

Hemlock Lake Trails

Hemlock Lake Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Long ago, Hemlock Lake had cottages all along its shore. In 1872 the city of Rochester decided to use Canadice and Hemlock Lakes as a water supply. The first conduit for water was completed in 1876. By 1947 Rochester had purchased all of the shoreline property and removed the cottages in order to help protect the water supply for its growing population. Although it was very difficult for the cottage residents to leave their land, this area is now free of the commercialization that is so rampant on the other Finger Lakes. Flow from Canadice Outlet Creek is diverted into the northern end of Hemlock Lake. From there the City of Rochester Water Bureau conditions the water for drinking and uses gravity to send it north for 29 miles via large pipes at a rate of up to 48 million gallons per 24-hour period. Early settlers tried to farm around Hemlock Lake but found the glacially scoured land ill-suited for farming. Many areas around the lake were too steep or too wet for growing crops. Today, the Hemlock and Canadice Lakes watershed continues to be Rochester’s primary source of drinking water."

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2 hours
Additional Use
City of Rochester, Water and Lighting Bureau
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