Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Rochester, NY

Rochester is sits on Lake Ontario’s southern shore. The Genesee River bisects the city. Charlotte is a lake front community in Rochester bordering Lake Ontario. It is home to Ontario Beach Park, commonly known as Charlotte Beach, which is a popular summer destination. A new terminal was built in 2004 for the Rochester-to-Toronto ferry service and was later sold after the ferry ceased operations in 2005. The Port of Rochester terminal still exists and has since been revamped. It now houses the restaurant California Rollin’, a coffee shop named The Nutty Bavarian along with offices for the marina created around it. There is marine freight service at the Port of Rochester on Lake Ontario, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Things to do in Rochester

Seneca Park Zoo
Alongside the Genesee River, on the border of Rochester and Irondequoit, sits Seneca Park Zoo. A wide range of creatures from Amur Tigers to White Rhinos to keep the young and the curious engaged. The Zoo also offers educational programs and events throughout the year, promoting natural science and conservation. Find out more here.

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Open seasonally, this lighthouse was restored in 2014. The light is still used, automatically turning on a sunset and off at sunrise. Visitors can climb the tower and stop by the museum to learn about the history of the lighthouse and surrounding areas. Find out more here.

Ontario Beach Park & Charlotte Pier
On the northern shore of Rochester, on the mouth of the Genesee River, Ontario Beach Park offers 39 acres of natural coastline; recreational activities including fishing and volleyball; and a lodge that can be rented out. The Charlotte Pier extends out into Lake Ontario, forming the western side of Rochester Harbor. Find out more here.

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