Where is Chautauqua Lake?
Under the rainbow of course.
Chautauqua Lake is located in Western New York, just about 30 miles east of Erie Pennsylvania and about 50 miles southwest of Buffalo New York. If you’re traveling on I90 east though Erie or coming west from Buffalo, take I86 east to Jamestown and in about 30 miles you’ll be at beautiful Chautauqua Lake.
We moved here in 1989 and live only 2 blocks from the lake; the lake is about 18 miles long and 2 miles wide at its widest point.
As with any lake there is so much recreation, camping, boating, fishing, sailing, and so much to see. You’ll find recreation at Chautauqua all year long, so you don’t have to wait until summer. Although the weather is a lot more cooperative in the summer, but you may also like winter activities, and there are plenty of those too.
Our grandchildren are having some fun in the snow. Yes we get our fair share of snow here in the Chautauqua Lake Region. So if you’re into winter sports we have plenty here for you to enjoy.
There are three major ski resorts in the area:
Peak n Peek Ski Resort: With many slopes for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. They also have are golf courses, along with many other summer time activities.
Holiday Valley Ski Resort: Has much of the same
HoliMont: A popular ski resort between Chautauqua Lake and Buffalo New York
You will find many snowmobile trails throughout the region along with many other winter activities. So whatever your pleasure, spring, summer, fall or winter there is something for everybody to do in the Chautauqua Lake Region.
The Chautauqua Lake region is most beautiful in the fall season, and the region has such a deep history. Take a tour of the Erie wine trail, which spans from Northeastern Pennsylvania up into Western New York.
The lake is abundant with bass, walleye, northern pike and crappies. There is always something to catch, or you could just sit by the lake feed the ducks and relax or watch the sun set over the lake. You’ll find an abundance of rentals around the lake in the spring, summer, and fall months.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO