Canandaigua Lake is the fourth-largest of the eleven Finger Lakes, located roughly 29 miles southeast of the city of Rochester, with Honeoye Lake to the west and Keuka Lake to the east. The city of Canandaigua is located at the northern shore of the lake, and the village of Naples is just a few miles south of the southern end. Travelling west to east in the Finger Lakes region, it is the first of the major, or larger Finger Lakes (or coming from east to west, it is the last major Finger Lake). The name Canandaigua is derived from the Seneca name spelled variously Kanandarque, Ganondagan, Ga-nun-da-gwa, or in a modern transcription, tganǫdæ:gwęh, which means "the chosen spot." Canandaigua Lake is one of only two Finger Lakes to contain an island - Squaw Island is near the northern end of the lake.

Canandaigua Lake looking north toward South Hill

Physical Features

Elevation: 688 feet
Area: 10,558 acres
Length: 15.5 miles
Maximum width: 1.5 miles
Maximum depth: 276 feet

New York State DEC: Canandaigua Lake