All summer long
enthusiastic fisherman troll the lake for perch, catfish, muskie,
walleye, small & large mouth bass, northern pike, blue gill,
crappies and sunnnies.
end of another summer season which reminds us that the fall foliage
season is just around the corner. When the National Weather
Service reports on Lake Erie's lake effect snowfall, those folks are
talking about the weather in Findley Lake. The average
snowfall is more than 200 inches per year which makes Findley Lake's
winter vistas breathtaking. This is the perfect destination for
downhill and cross country ski enthusiasts, as well as snowmobilers
and ice fisherman. If your idea of winter is staying warm
inside, curl up & relax over a stack of magazines,
leather-bound classics or one of the many available board games.
Browse the charming,
downtown shops and you'll see why Findley Lake has become Chautauqua
County's premier, year-round shopping destination. Twenty
independently -owned and operated specialty shops offer an eclectic
assortment of Nature, Country and Victorian gifts, as well as
antiques, furnishings and hand -crafted treasures for the home and
garden. There's a candle-making factory, a working waterwheel
and a WWII Museum for history buffs of all ages.
Enjoy a leisurely
stroll around the Lake or venture out onto the water for a day of
fishing, birding or water-sports. Plan an outing to the many
area wineries and antique shops. If you're looking for a
little more action, head over to Peek 'n Peak for a day of golf or
to nearby Chautauqua Institution for a day filled with informative
speakers and perhaps an opera, symphony or popular music
County, New York is home to a wealth of antique shops, vineyards,
wineries, farm markets, galleries & historic sites. For the
more adventurous there's biking & hiking trails, horseback riding,
hot air balloon rides and a brand new state of the art ice skating
Peek 'n Peak Resort
is only minutes away from downtown Findley Lake.
The area's premier ski/golf destination also boasts some of the
finest resort accommodations & amenities. Peek 'n Peak
welcomes the PGA National Tour to our corner of Chautauqua County
during the annual Lake Erie Charity Classic, scheduled for June,
is a world-renowned cultural center for the arts &
humanities, and is the home of popular and classical
entertainment, classes, lectures and a wonderful collection of
restored Victorian architecture.
- with 12 member wineries centered along the Lake
Erie shoreline, the Wine Trail is home to the largest grape
growing region in the East.
Assembly - the world's largest spiritual community
Panama Rocks Scenic Park -
The Panama Rocks are reputed to be the world's most extensive
outcropping of glacier-sculpted, ocean quartz-conglomerate rock.
A one mile hiking trail encircles the formation and leads
through towering rocks where enormous tree roots snake down and
delicate ferns & mosses abound. Explore hundreds of crevice
"alley" passages ways, deep cavernous dens and small caves. The
trail can be hiked non-stop in 20 minutes, but most people spend
time off-trail exploring in the rock area for hours. A trail map
is provided, however, all tours are self-guided.
- sanctioned by NASCAR the Speedway will host
two NASCAR touring events in addition to being a part of the
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series
Jamestown, New York is the home of the
Audubon Nature Center, &
Reg Lenna Civic
Center, a beautifully-restored 1923 vaudeville theatre.
of Chautauqua County offer the Gerry Rodeo, the oldest
consecutively running rodeo east of the Mississippi and lush
countryside dotted with Amish communities and working dairy farms.
Faith Haven Stables -
rides, boarding, indoor arena, lessons & training
Double DAB Riding Stable
-- nearby trail rides
& boarding services
Lake Country Bike - bike
tours & special events, rentals & sales
Fresh & silk flowers, plants, balloons; daily FTD delivery
service to Findley Lake
The Foliage Network
Great Blue Heron Music Festival
Brushwood- Nearby rustic
- Kayak Rentals
WNY Ski Conditions - 800.367.9691
Riding, Biking, Hiking & Boating
Join Liz & Greg Sambor, owners of nearby Faith Haven Stables,
for a relaxing 1-1/2 hour trail ride around beautiful Eaton
Reservoir. Cost: $40.00 per person/maximum 4 per people per
Findley Lake Sporting Goods - 716.769.7737
$18.00 - 8 hours
$14.00 - 4 hours
Paradise Bay Park Campground - 716.769.7582
Row boats - 12'
$20.00 - 8 hours
$ 5.00 - hour
Row boats - 12' with 9.9 HP motor
$50.00 - 8 hours
$20.00 - hour
24' pontoon - 11 passenger
$160.00 - 8 hours
$90.00 - 3 hours
$40.00 - hour
$15.00 - hour
$10.00 - half hour
Findley Lake Marine - 716.769.7192
Pontoon - 11 passenger
$200.00 - 8 hours
$60.00 - hour
Allegheny State Park
The largest park in the New
York State Park system, Allegany State Park offers cabins,
camping, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing with
18 trails covering over 35 miles, for four seasons of outdoor fun.
Route 17, exits 18-20
2373 ASP Tr.1, Suite 3 Salamanca, NY 14779
Phone: (716) 354-9121 or (800) 456-2267
Fax: (716) 354-6725
Allison Wells Ney Trail
Part of Rails to Trails
System, with over 5 miles gently climbing the Lake Erie
Escarpment, offering spectacular vistas of Lake Erie. Parking on
Thayer Road & Prospect Station Rd.
Rails to Trails PO Box 151, Mayville, NY 14757
Brocton, NY 14716
Phone: (716) 483-2330
Audubon Nature Center & Sanctuary
wildlife sanctuary with 5 miles of easy hiking trails through
fields, woods, and wetlands with observations towers and handicap
accessible overlook. Exhibits, bird collection, Roger Tory
Peterson, Art Inspirations Exhibit, special events, programs and
nature store. One of the venues for the annual Nature Art
1600 Riverside Rd. Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 569-2345
Fax: (716) 569-2765
Located on the
sunny side of Findley Lake, hiking, cross country skiing and group
camping available on 160 acres.
Sunnyside Rd. Findley Lake, NY 14736
Phone: (716) 769-7146
Fax: (716) 769-7398
8 miles running
north to Gale St., Westfield. Some county lands and private lands.
Visitors must have property owner's permission
Hannum Rd. Mayville, NY 14757
Open year round the Main
Lodge is perfect for meetings, conferences, banquets, retreats or
large family gatherings. Overnight accommodations for groups of
20-90 in separate sleeping lodge. ADA accessible. Low ropes
adventure course, x-country ski trails, hiking trails, sand
volleyball court. Managed by Fredonia State Auxiliary Services
Route 380 Brocton, NY 14716
Phone: (716) 673-3417
Cardot Eastside Overland Trail
Eastern section of
the county trail system covering 19 miles from Gerry, north to the
Town of Arkwright. Hiking, mountain biking, or cross-country
skiing, camping lean-tos. Maps available. No motorized vehicles
28 Mile Creek Rd. Gerry, NY 14740
Phone: (716) 763-7828
The 2nd highest
elevation in Chautauqua County. 76 acres with a 1 1/2 mile loop
trail. Open May 15 to Nov. 1.
Oak Hill Road Frewsburg, NY 14736
Phone: (716) 763-8928
Kayaks, Canoes, Camping Gear.
The area's only outfitters, our experienced staff will lead you to
adventure on the beautiful woods and waters of Chautauqua County.
4845 Rte. 474 Ashville, NY 14787
Phone: (716) 763-2266
Cusimano Overland Trail
Western section of
county trail system covering over 24 miles between Mayville and
Sherman. . Great for hiking, mountain biking or cross country
skiing, camping lean-tos available. Maps available. No motorized
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 763-8928
Over 90 acres of
wildlife preserve teeming with migratory birds and other protected
animals. Also, perfect for cross country skiing.
Hare Creek Rd. County Rd. 4
Clymer, NY 14724
Phone: (716) 355-6374
Hollyloft Ski & Bike
Bicycle sales & service.
Alpine & cross-country skis, snowboards and winter clothing.
Expert repair shop, car racks. Cross-country skis, snowshoes and
600 Fairmount Ave Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 483-2330
Fax: (716) 483-1942
Jamestown Cycle Shop
Friendly sales, service,
parts and accessories. Bicycle rentals on the grounds of
Chautauqua Institution during the summer season.
10 Harrison St. Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 664-4112
Fax: (716) 664-6376
Lake Erie State Park
Located between Portland and
Westfield overlooking Lake Erie. Overnight camping available, bike
paths and cross country skiing on ungroomed trails.
Route 5 Dunkirk, NY 14048
7 miles west of Dunkirk
Phone: (716) 792-9214
Chautauqua Lake - a 320 acre day-use park, (no camping) with
swimming beach & bathhouse, hiking, biking, reservable picnic
pavilions, public boat launch and marina with restaurant, marine
supplies, gas docks. Winter time fun with cross-country skiing,
snowmobiling & winter fishing.
Route 430 Bemus Point, NY 14712
Phone: (716) 386-2722
Fax: (716) 386-2688
A 70-acre overlook
on a glacial ridge. Enjoy fabulous sunsets and view of Lake Erie.
Picnic pavilion & tables.
Portland, NY 14769
Phone: (716) 661-8400 or (716) 763-8928
Panama Rocks Scenic Park
Glacier formed scenic park
with hiking trails and picnic area.
11 Rock Hill Rd.
PO Box 176 Panama, NY 14767
Phone: (716) 782-2845
Rails to Trails
Trail system of converted
rail beds covering 30 miles. Perfect for hiking, biking and cross
country skiing. Maps available.
Rt. 394 Railroad Depot
PO Box 151 Mayville, NY 14781
Phone: (716) 269-3666
Ralph Sheldon Trail
Part of the Rails to Trails
System, perfect for hiking, biking & cross country skiing. 5.5
miles running north to Summerdale Rd. Parking available on Titus
Rd. Maps available.
Titus Rd. Sherman, NY 14781
Phone: (716) 483-2330
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural
View world class nature
exhibits, wildlife art, photography exhibitions. Natural history
library. shop the Nature Store. Hike & bird the trails on 27 acres
and enjoy the butterfly garden.
311 Curtis St. Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 665-2473
Fax: (716) 665-3794
TripAdvisor: Planning a trip? Start here
Professional Association of Innkeepers International
Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
County Visitor's Bureau
Chautauqua Art Trail
The fall tree
colors were in full splendor and my morning jogs around the lake
were discreetly ridiculed by flocks of transient geese. Today
I move on with some valuable new memories.