Conesus Lake is 8 miles in length with a maximum depth of 66 feet. At one
point it is nearly a mile wide. Conesus is one of the minor Finger Lakes in
western New York. It is western-most of eleven total Finger Lakes. The
lake's outlet is in Lakeville, New York a hamlet in the Town of Livonia, New
York in Livingston County, south of Rochester, New York. The lake's inlet is
in the Town of Conesus, New York. The lake flows south-to-north; its outlet
flows into the Genesee River near Avon, New York. It is located off
Interstate 390 (exit 9), about 15 miles south of Interstate 90. Conesus Lake
Boat Launch is a state park at the east shore, near the village of Livonia.
Conesus Lake's maximum depth is 66 feet (20 meters). The U.S.S. Lady of the
Lake is reportedly sunken in Conesus Lake
Conesus Lake is warm water fishery. The lake supports the following species
of fish, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, tiger
muskies, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseed rock bass, and brown bullhead.
When frozen over in the winter, Conesus Lake is used for snowmobiling and
In August 2006, the NY DEC confirmed that the lake was the first outside the
contiguous Great Lakes waterways to be stricken with a new strain of viral
hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), an infectious fish disease responsible for
mass die-offs of many species, but not linked to any human health concerns.
The disease is spread between waterways through live or frozen bait fish,
roe, contaminated fishing equipment or live water wells in boats.
Fireworks during the Ring of Fire. The red lights at the bottom are flares.
Every July 3, the residents of the lake participate in a tradition called
the Ring of Fire, sponsored by the Conesus Lake Association. They light road
flares all around the lake and shoot off fireworks. The festivities
typically start at dusk, with approximately 10,000 flares lit by 10:00 PM.
• Food and Beverage of choice. ( Beer, Wine, Liquor is ok )
• Appropriate seasonal clothing. Rain gear is a plus.
• Polarized sunglasses can be a great help.
• A cooler for the catch if you choose to keep some of your catch