At the south end of the lake we explored the marshy, undeveloped inlet a bit. We found a lot of dead-end channels, but never managed to find the main one. Since we couldn't find solid ground to stretch our legs on, we rafted up and ate lunch in our boats.
It was a beautiful day for a paddle! Honeoye Lake is known as one of the best fishing locations in the Finger Lakes, but we didn't see too many motor boats. Maybe the algae affects the fishing... One thing we noticed was the contrast of high density development along the shores against the virtually undeveloped slopes. We came to the conclusion that many of these were smaller, family-oriented cottages, as opposed to the incredibly fancy, manicured mansions on Canandaigua Lake. According to this website, Honeoye Lake has the greatest amount of forested land in its watershed (85%), and the least amount of agricultural land (10%). Paddling from north to south gave us a beautiful view of the majestic hills at the south end of the lake:
We took out in the somewhat smelly little pond behind the "beach" at Sandy Bottom Beach Park, where we found this little critter:
Only Otisco and Canadice Lakes to go! I may save one or both of these for when the fall foliage is at it's peak, since that will be another unique Finger Lakes paddling experience!
Date: September 18th, 2010
Distance: 10 miles
Weather: Quite amicable
Duration: 4 hours