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Chautauqua Lake In New York

Chautauqua Lake, New York

Boating, camping and fishing.

Boating, water sports and fishing await visitors at Chautauqua Lake, a 13,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Chautauqua. More than a half dozen boat launch ramps are scattered around the lake, and multiple marinas provide a host of products and services for the boating and fishing visitors. Much of the shoreline is lined with private property, many with boat docks. There are two basins with over 40 miles of shoreline wrapping this fertile fishery, with plenty of weeds and aquatic vegetation near shore at both ends of the lake. The lake supports healthy populations of bass, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch and muskie, and is known for big muskie and quality largemouth and smallmouth bass. Spring and fall are ideal times to fish the shorelines and shallow areas. In summer as the lake warms, many of the fish will move to deeper water. In winter, when the ice is safe, Chautauqua is an excellent ice fishing lake. Walleye, perch and crappie are the popular species through the ice. Anglers wishing to fish from the bank can find access at many areas around the lake, including near boat ramps, parks and camping areas.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Wildwood Acres Campground - 716 386-7037

Camp Prendergast Campground - 716 789-3485

Creek-N-Lake Camp Campground - 716 753-7757

Chautauqua Lake KOA Holiday Campground - 716 386-3804

Peachie's Lakeside Camping - 716 640-1068

Camp Chautauqua Campground - 716 789-3435

Chautauqua Lake Map


Fish species found in Chautauqua Lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white perch, yellow perch and muskie.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Muskie

Click here for a NY Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Long Point State Park
4459 NY-430
Bemus Point, NY 14712
716 386-2722

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