Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Lake, located in Chautauqua County, New York, is 17 miles long and has a surface area of 13,000 acres. Known for its fantastic Muskellunge fishing Chautauqua Lake is one of the most popular tourist/recreation lakes for New York vacation rentals. The lake also has a reputation for great sailing and is often the setting for regattas, national sailing and rowing competitions. Chautauqua Lake is also home to the Chautauqua Institute which offers four public swimming beaches, including a children’s beach.

Lake Details
Lake Type: Fresh Water
  Surface Area: 13,000 acres
Shoreline length: 17 miles
  • camping
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • picknicking
  • power boating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • Bluegill
  • Muskellunge
  • Walleye
The Chautauqua Institute is a national historic landmark founded in 1874 as a camp for Sunday school teachers.  Today the Institute can exceed 150,000 visitors each summer offering theater and dance performances as well as concerts and operas. Chautauqua offers plenty of lake vacation rentals, and is great for power boating, sailing, and fishing. The abundant species of fish in Chautauqua Lake include muskie, pumpkinseed, bluegill, and walleye. The surrounding areas have many trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. If you love lake activities but fishing is not your style, there are two popular boat “communities” located near Maple Springs. Often, more than 100 boats can be found in the area. There is also a floating stage at Bemus Point which offers live bands and other events throughout the summer.  Another fun lake trip is a dinner cruise, leisure shuttle, or sightseeing tour on The Summer Wind. The Summer Wind is located in the Lucille Ball Memorial Park (Lucy grew up along the shores of the Chautauqua Lake), which is also home to a public boat launch, playground, picnic area, and the Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Center. Biking is a popular activity--you'll find more than 30 miles of trails and many roads with bike lanes. Some even meander through the wine country of Chautauqua county.  There are over 20 wineries along the Lake Eric-Chautauqua Wine Trail. In addition to wine the area is a vibrant agriculture center with many types of fruits and vegetables available for purchase at the many farmers markets. The Chautauqua area truly has something for everyone.

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