This is the first year (ever) that Cornell has canceled school on Labor Day! We (Ben, Daniel, Amy, Rob, Anna, Julia, and I) decided to celebrate by tackling a far away Finger Lake: Hemlock Lake! It was a 2 hour drive across 5 other lakes to get there, but it was well worth it. We launched from the North Hemlock Boat Launch. The boat launch was about a mile down the lake. The DEC doesn't let people paddle north of there since that's where the water treatment plant pulls its water from.
Hemlock is characterized by the absence of lake houses along the shores,...
On the way back the wind was with us, and the waves pushed us along. The return trip took a little under two hours. On the drive back to Ithaca we stopped for a delicious ice cream at Cayuga Creamery. Yum!
3 Finger Lakes to go (out of 11): Canadice, Honeoye, and Otisco!
Distance: 13 miles