Long considered the “jewel” of New York State’s Livingston County, Conesus Lake is located approximately 25 miles south of Rochester and parallels Interstate 390 as it runs from Lake Ontario south toward the Pennsylvania border.

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Conesus Lake is the most westward of New York’s Finger Lakes chain. These 11 ‘major and minor’ lakes were formed over 10,000 years ago when the last glaciers receded and northward-flowing rivers became blocked with massive glacial debris. Heading from east to west, these lakes are Otisco, Skaneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Hemlock, and Conesus. They resemble slim fingers fanning out in a north/south orientation across Central and Western New York. 

For residents and visitors alike, Conesus Lake is renowned as a year-round sporting and water-based recreation destination. Fishing, power boating, sailing, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, and cycling (around the lake) are enjoyed in the warmer months; waterfowl hunting in the autumn; and ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling when the lake is frozen. It is only in the rarest of winters when the lake fails to freeze from one end to the other.

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