Canandaigua Lake Dive Sites


The Pipelines

The Pipelines


Deep diving at the north end of Canandaigua Lake! Two large water multiple-intake structures provide a large habitat for many species of fish. Good for photography in the late fall when light penetration is maximum. Depth range is 55 to 65 feet with good visibility under a 45-55 thermocline. This trip is for experienced divers only!

Deep Run Park

Deep Run Park


This was the only publicly accessible shore entry site on the lake. This site is best known for the Seneca Gorham water intake pipeline which has a single box type intake structure located on the incline at about 55ft. It is a bit of a swim to the drop, and since boating traffic is heavy at times, a navigation run under water may be prudent to locate the pipe.

Bristol

Bristol


The most popular! A strong current keeps the visibility high and the temperature even. Located just a few hundred yards from the deepest part of the lake (280'), this site offers a gentle slope to a depth of 40' before dropping off. Two small wrecks are located in 20-30'. A shallow weed bed offers protection to several species of fish.

North Bristol

North Bristol


A great second dive...

The Steps

The Steps


Large rock steps walk the diver out to considerable depths. This can be a spectacular deep dive for advanced divers. At times, a reasonable current sweeps along the wall at this site which is located near the deepest part of the lake. Some are as shallow as 40'.

Seneca Point

Seneca Point


This particular cove juts into shore just south of Bristol Village. A 30 to 40' depth range carries a diver out several hundred feet. Cold water springs feed the thermocline, maintaining good visibility and schools of bait fish.

Vine Valley

Vine Valley


20 to 30 feet and almost flat, this area consists mostly of clean sand with unusually good visibility. A great place for navigation practice since you have shallow water for up to 500ft in any direction..

Crab Alley

Crab Alley


The weed beds drop steeply to a gently sloping sandy bottom, home to many crayfish poking little heads from their holes.

Cook's Point

Cook's Point


This point protects a shallow weed bed to the south. Deep water for the divers, and a snorkeling spot with great visibility and a large fish population.

Long Point

Long Point


Always good visibility, this spot has become a favorite. Having a wide variety of plant life and a good fish population, the gradient is a gentle slope to the 45 foot range. The point provides excellent protection from the wind.

The Clearing

The Clearing


This is usually where the fish are! A large weed bed gently sloping to 35 ft. The best for photography, follow the edge of the bed just below the thermocline.

Whiskey Point

Whiskey Point


For the advanced diver interested in bottle collecting, this point was named for the many bootleg bottles floating ashore from a "near miss" during prohibition.

White Rock

White Rock


An excellent location for novice divers, and those who haven't been diving in a while. Good visibility, little boating traffic, relatively protected area.

Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream


A good dive for novices, this site also has a "flat spot" in the 20 to 30 foot range. With a tall weed bed above the 15 foot mark, you may see some big fish lying in wait!

Southern Ledge

Southern Ledge


This is a must for the experienced diver. Consisting of a half mile wide clay bed, the ledge starts at 15 feet and drops to depths ranging 25 to 45 feet. Take your time with this one, there's much to see!