Located in southeast Livingston County, Hemlock Lake is one of New York State’s famous finger lakes, a group of eleven elongated glacial lakes in west-central New York.
The shoreline remains undeveloped with numerous places to get out and hike along the shore. On the East and West the lake is bordered by low hills running its length. At the southern end of the lake is a wet land to explore.
Elevation: 905 feet
Area: 1,800 acres
Length: 7 miles
Maximum width: 0.5 miles
Maximum depth: 91 feet
From Rochester take Route 15A south passing through the village of Hemlock. Turn right on Rix Hill Road approximately one mile south of intersection of Route 15A with Route 20A. Immediately turn left off of Rix Hill Road onto East Lake Road. Approximately 1.1 miles from turn off onto East Lake Road is the boat launch.
Recreational use of Hemlock Lake is regulated by the City of Rochester Water Department. Fishing and boating are allowed by permit only. Boats may not exceed 16 feet in length and motors may not exceed 10 h.p. Check your watershed visitor permit for details. Annual permits can be obtained free of charge from a self-service booth at the north end of the Lake.
Public boat access is available only at the northeast corner of the lake, off Rix Road, and at the southeast corner off Route 15A. Access is by permit only. Both unimproved access points have gravel ramps.
Fishing Hemlock Lake offers a unique experience in western New York where most lakeshores are heavily developed. Anglers can expect to catch Lake Trout, Landlocked Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Large- and Small-Mouth Bass.
The beautifully wooded shorelines and hillsides of Hemlock provide an atmosphere experienced only in relatively remote areas like the Adirondacks and Canadian provinces. The boat size/horsepower limitation contributes importantly to the "unspoiled" atmosphere.
The north end of Hemlock Lake offers a park like setting with a large covered pavilion and tables. The pavilion use is "First Come, First Serve."
Rest rooms are open generally from spring until first frost.
Park area is open from 7am to 10pm.
Park is "Carry In - Carry Out."
Stop at the kiosk to obtain a guidelines permit or visit the City of Rochester website to view and download a copy of the free, guidelines permit.
Enjoy the natural undeveloped beauty of Hemlock Lake.