The City of Rochester is located in Western New York. This page provides regional context for both Rochester and New York State north of the almighty New York City.
The Rochester area is blessed with many major water resources including:
Smaller streams are generally tributaries of either Lake Ontario of the Genesee River:
The fact is that the Rochester area is for the most part - flat. To find anything resembling real mountains takes a 2+ hour drive to either the Allegheny Mountains in the Southern Tier, the Adirondacks, or the Catskills. There is some modest elevation in the Bristol Hills around the Finger Lakes.
The best we do in the Rochester area are some "hills" that are maybe a couple hundred feed above the surrounding terrain:
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