Photo: Wade Sarkis

East Shore Preserve at Bare Hill

Come by car or by boat to explore a cove beach protecting 390 feet of pristine Canandaigua Lake shoreline.

Natural History

Wander down the grassy trail to a wooden stairway leading to the shore from the south shoulder of East Lake Road, or pull up a canoe or kayak from the lake. Watch for shorebirds, skip stones, or take in the sunset on a warm summer evening.

Recent History

The Land Trust acquired this property in 2013 as part of its ongoing efforts to protect undeveloped shoreline in the Finger Lakes. The preserve was originally part of a larger land acquisition and the Land Trust worked with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to add 66 acres across East Lake Road to the adjacent Bare Hill Unique Area—adding protection to a scenic landmark that rises more than 800 feet above Canandaigua Lake.

Land Acknowledgment

The Finger Lakes Land Trust recognizes that our nature preserves exist on the homeland of the Haudenosaunee. We hope to honor indigenous peoples’ ongoing relationship with the land by conserving wild places forever.

Public Use

Please see our public use policies for recreational activities on nature preserves.

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The East Shore Preserve is located about 12 miles south of Canandaigua on the east side of the lake. From Canandaigua, take Route 20 east and turn right onto Route 364 south/East Lake Road. Drive approx. 5 miles to where Route 364 becomes East Lake Road/County Road 11 and drive for another five miles to the destination on the right side of the road. Limited parking is available on the south shoulder of East Lake Road/County Road 39.