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The 100 year old, Pleasant Beach Hotel is on the southeast corner of the bay and offers food, drink lodging and docking and is very boater friendly. The Little Sodus Inn is just a few doors down, also on the water and a great stop.
On days when the Lake is too rough, the bay offers good protected paddling, on calmer days, you can launch in the bay and head out the inlet to Lake Ontario. Fair Haven Beach State Park is on the east side and the West Barrier Bar Park is on the west side. You can paddle into the pond at the state park and enjoy the abundant wildlife and venture up Sterling Creek to enjoy the wilder side of this beautiful area. The other way to go is to launch on Sterling Creek and paddle down to the park and come into the Bay ending your paddle at the town of Fair Haven.
There is a submerged wreck just inside the bay on the east shore that can be viewed from a canoe or kayak. The bay is lined with summer cottages, the town is small enough to be very walkable and one of the truly great treats is a visit to Fly By Night Cookie Company, just a block away from the Pleasant Beach Hotel.
The season on the bay runs from ice out in April till well into November with high season being July and August. On the weekends boating traffic is a little heavier, but usually not a problem, during the week it is usually much quieter. 4th of July is just crazy, but other weekends are not so bad.