Canandaigua Lake Watershed Facts:

  • Lake Length: 15. 5 miles
  • Average Width: 1.1 miles
  • Maximum Depth: 276 feet
  • Mean Lake Surface Elevation:  688 feet
  • Volume: 433 billion gallons
  • Hydraulic Retention Time: 13.4 years
  • DEC Water Quality Classification: AA, TS
  • Water Level Control: Canandaigua Outlet and Feeder Canal- 35 cfs/day
  • Shoreline Length: 36 miles (97% privately owned)
  • Subwatersheds: 34
  • Estimated Total Length of Tributaries: 350 miles
  • Watershed Land Cover: Forested (42%), Agriculture (30%), Residential/Commercial (10%), Wetlands (5%)
  • Highest Point in Watershed: Gannett Hill (2,256 feet above mean sea level)
  • Major Municipalities within Watershed: 12
  • Water Purveyors within Watershed: 5 public- (City of Canandaigua, Palmyra, Newark, Gorham, Rushville)and 1 private(Bristol Harbor)

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