About 25 miles south of Rochester, Conesus Lake is the western-most of the Finger Lakes. Conesus derives its name from the Native American word for "always beautiful." Like the other minor Finger Lakes, Conesus Lake is smaller and quieter than the major lakes. The shoreline around Conesus Lake is largely occupied by private homes with year-round residents. A few campgrounds and B&B's can be found at the northern tip of the lake in Lakeville, the largest community directly on Conesus Lake. The towns of Livonia and Conesus anchor the northern and southern ends of the lake, respectively.
Fishing, boating and water skiing are among the popular activities on
the lake in summertime. Fishing is particularly good on Conesus Lake,
especially for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass and northern
pike. In winter, Conesus Lake is a great spot for ice fishing,
snowmobiling and other winter sports.