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The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council

Towns: Bristol, Canandaigua, Gorham, Hopewell, Italy, Middlesex, Naples, Potter, South Bristol

Villages: Naples, Newark, Palmyra, Rushville

City: Canandaigua

Canandaigua Lake is one of the iconic Finger Lakes located in upstate New York, known for its beauty and the endless opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing. The lake is also the drinking water source for approximately 70,000 residents. The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council is an inter-municipal agency charged with maintaining and enhancing the high quality of Canandaigua Lake for generations to come. The Council members include the 14 watershed and water-purveying municipalities for the lake. They utilize an integrated watershed management approach to protect the lake, including research, protection, restoration and when necessary regulation. They are guided by the 2014 Comprehensive Update to the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Management Plan.


The Watershed Council
is now a
501(c)(3) tax-deductible

You can now donate to the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council. Donations are tax deductible. Your support will ONLY be used to fund our highly successful water quality improvement projects to reduce phosphorus, bacteria, pesticides and other pollutants from entering the lake.  You support will not be used for our overhead or operating costs.

Examples of some of our past projects can be found HERE.

Checks can be made out to:
The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
205 Saltonstall Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Contact us for more information at (585) 396-3630.

Draft Uniform Docks and Moorings Law Updates

Canandaigua Lake benefits from a Uniform Docks and Moorings Law for its shoreline communities.  The law was last approved in 2012. The shoreline communities have worked together to develop draft updates to address ongoing issues.  The draft updated law, an overview of the changes, and the original law are below.  More information will be posted soon. 

Water Quality Updates

Lake Level


Uniform Docks and Moorings Law

Read more on the draft 2024 updates to the law above.

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Check out the 

Canandaigua Lake Water Trail



Visit the website for an interactive map, paddling itineraries, safety information and more.

New Accessible Kayak Launch at Ontario Beach Park

Project Partners: Ontario County, Department of State

A new ADA-accessible kayak launch was installed, along with parking improvements and a path to facilitate use.

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This website was prepared for the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund Act.

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