Canandaigua Lake is the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes in New York.
The people of the Seneca tribe would burn tobacco around the shores of the lake to give thanks for a plentiful harvest. That tradition continues today and is known as the Ring of Fire. In the summer, shoreline residents make fires that creates a ring around the entire lake.
The lake's scenic beauty prompted one author to deem it "the Gem of the Inland Lakes." From the romantic steamboat era to our modern windsurfing times, it has provided residents and tourists with endless hours of recreation, prosperous livelihoods and treasured moments of nature's quiet solitude. The splendor of the lake and its surrounding rolling hills combine to make this area truly one of the most beautiful places in the United States. It is not hard to imagine why the Senecas and countless others since then have chosen to settle in Canandaigua. The lake is the community's most important asset and an essential part of its identity.
The Canandaigua Lady, a replica of the paddleboat of the 1800's, continues the tradition of the steam and paddleboat passenger service from the 19th century. Read more about Canandaigua lake here.