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Insider Tips & Inspiration

When the weather turns warm and you need to get away, the sparkling waters of our lakes are waiting for you.

Considered the westernmost tip of New York's famous Finger Lakes region, the Genesee Valley is home to some of the state's most stunning spots to boat, fish and explore.

Just a short drive from the ammentities of historic downtown Geneseo, Conesus Lake offers boating, swimming and fishing on its eight miles of water. Public parks, playgrounds and campgrounds dot the lake's peaceful shores providing no shortage of family friendly activities for your lake getaway.

The smaller Silver Lake is connected to downtown Perry via a shaded trail running along the lake's outlet. This lake first gained notoriety in 1855 when local fishermen claimed to have spotted a giant sea serpent slithering on its surface. While proven a hoax, the legend lives on in the many images of sea serpents you'll spot on signs, logos and private residences surrounding Silver Lake.

Take a drive westward to encounter Hemlock Lake and its little sister, Canadice Lake. With a largely undeveloped shoreline, these minor Finger Lakes are a haven for fishing enthusiasts drawn by the abundance of land-locked salmon, bass and trout available here. With restrictions on large motor boats, Hemlock and Canadice are ideal spots to unwind and escape from the rest of the world.

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