The gazebo at Kershaw Park is a showpiece overlooking the lake with a 30-foot fountain off the shore. The park is on nine acres of parkland on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake.
The park has a beach, walking paths, playground, picnic pavilions, an open-air gazebo and small marine craft launch area. Restrooms are available in the bathhouse. Kershaw Park Beach and Bathhouse is open for the summer season Saturday May 23rd until Labor Day, September 7.
The swimming area has a lifeguard. The sandy bottom of the swim areas is warm making it ideal for kids. Advanced and beginning windsurfers have excellent riding at the lake.
The park was redeveloped in 1996-1997. A sidewalk was added to both sides of Lakeshore Drive, and a lakefront walkway. A new beach area, new bathhouse, new small craft launch area, and improved landscaping also upgraded the park. A new public dock was equipped with a boat pump-out station.
155 Lakeshore Drive
Admission to beach area
$5 per adult (non-residents)
$2 per child (ages 6-18) (non-residents)
No charge for children under 6 years old.
$1 per person (residents with proof)
6:00 AM to 9:00 PM (October 31 – April 30)
6:00 AM-11:00 PM. (May 1 – October 30)
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily
Canandaigua is a city of 10,545 population in Ontario County, New York. Its name was derived from the Seneca name of its historic village in the same location. The original village was named Kanandarque, Ganondagan, or Ga-nun-da-gwa meaning ‘the chosen spot.
Canandaigua Lake is the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes with the city of Canandaigua at the northern end of the lake. The lake is 15. 5 miles long, 1.5 mile wide and a 36-mile shoreline. The lake has high quality water supplying drinking water for the city of Canandaigua.
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is less than 3 miles north of Kershaw Park. Its 50-acres contains gardens, a historic mansion, and greenhouse in a setting overlooking views of Canandaigua Lake.
Canandaigua Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track on Ontario County Fairgrounds in Canandaigua NY. It first opened in 1920 and holds races of different class cars on seasonal weekends. It is 3 miles north east of Kershaw Park.
Canandaigua is a 36 minute drive of 29 miles from Rochester NY. Drive US 490 south, then I-90 east exiting at #44, to route 332 south to Canandaigua. Follow signs to Kershaw Park.
Some consider Kershaw Park is easily one of the most beautiful parks in the Finger Lakes region. Come and see if you agree.