Ten of the eleven Finger Lakes have names associated with Native American origins, though they may not have been the original names used by Native peoples, the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois. Hemlock Lake lies in the hills south of Rochester. See our previous post with a map identifying the Finger Lakes. Hemlock Lake is named for the eastern hemlock tree, one of our most common needle-bearing evergreen tree species. The Iroquois name for Hemlock Lake was "O-neh-da."*
Hemlock and Canadice Lakes are the City of Rochester's water supply and are the only Finger Lakes with undeveloped shorelines. The eastern hemlock tree, by the way, has been destroyed in much of the eastern United States by the invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid.
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*Morgan, Lewis Henry (1851). League of the Iroquois