Long considered the "jewel" of Livingston County, Conesus Lake is the western-most Finger Lake in Upstate New York and is known the world over as a year-round fishing, sporting and recreation destination. Thirty minutes south of Rochester, NY, Conesus Lake is both a popular recreation and tournament destination sporting productive bass, walleye, northern pike and tiger muskie fisheries.
A Water Supply for over 20,000 Livingston County Residents
The lake serves as the water supply for the Village of Avon and Village of Geneseo public water systems, which extend as far west as the Town of York, as far south as the Town of Groveland, and as far north as the Village of Avon.
Conesus Lake Watershed Council
The Conesus Lake Watershed Council is an inter-municipal organization established in 2003 to govern the implementation of the Conesus Lake Watershed Management Plan. Council membership is comprised of towns and villages with land within the watershed boundaries and water purveyors who use Conesus Lake as a public water supply. The Council oversees the Conesus Lake Watershed Management Program and the Conesus Lake Watershed Inspection Program. The Council also oversees three standing committees: Agricultural, Public Education and Outreach and a Technical Committee. Additional working groups are formed as needed and report to the Technical Advisory Committee. Working groups are currently focused on the issues of invasive species prevention and stream and stormwater management.
Conesus Lake Watershed Council Structure
The Conesus Lake Watershed Management Plan guides the implementation of water quality improvement projects throughout the watershed. The plan features recommendations for projects in key water quality improvement areas. The effectiveness of the water quality implementation projects is measured in yearly water quality monitoring carried out by SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Brockport.