Concierge: Chautauqua County, NY
Conveniently located 5 minutes from Peek ‘n Peak Resort & Spa, the Blue Heron is close to many wonderful and unique Chautauqua County, NY attractions:
- golf, ski, play at nearby Peek 'n Peak Resort & Spa
- savor award-winning regional wines along the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail
- sample handcrafted beer from each of the 14-member locations of the Lake Erie Ale Trail
- laugh at the brand new, state of the art National Comedy Center and the established long-established Lucy-Desi Museum
- explore the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, which celebrates the legacy of the world-renowned artist, naturalist, writer and photographer.
- expand your world at Chautauqua Institution, a national Historic Landmark located on Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua brings the arts to the country; all summer long the opera, symphony, theatre, popular entertainers and world-famous lecturers are part of the Chautauqua experience. In addition to the arts, visitors return year after year to find intellectual and spiritual growth and renewal.
- enjoy year-round theater entertainment featured at
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House, The Rockefeller Arts Center, The Reg/ Lenna Civic Center and Lucille Ball Little Theatre. Performances range from international touring artists to our exceptional local talent, from live stage and foreign films to comedy and drama.
Concierge: Erie, PA
Catch the "lake effect" in nearby Erie, PA. World-class attractions add to the lure of Lake Erie, all of which are located within a 1/2 hour drive from Findley Lake:
- try your luck at Presque Isle Downs, casino and thoroughbred racetrack
- get your thrills watching the weekly racing series at Lake Erie Speedway
- become a fan of Erie Bayhawks Basketball, Erie Otters Hockey, Erie Seawolves AA Baseball
- explore the Erie Zoo and Botanical Gardens or the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
- have some fun at Waldameer Park and Waterworld
- travel to and from Erie via the Tom Ridge International Airport or Amtrack
Lake Erie "fun facts"
Lake Erie is the eleventh largest lake in the world (by surface area), the fourth largest of the Great Lakes in surface area and the smallest by volume. Ninety-five percent of Lake Erie's total inflow of water comes via the Detroit River water from all the "upper lakes" -- Superior, Michigan and Huron -- the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and numerous tributaries. The rest comes from precipitation. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes and is especially vulnerable to fluctuating water levels. Wind setups (wind pushing the water from one end of the lake toward the other), usually from west to east, have produced large short- term differences in water levels at the eastern and western ends of the lake, the record being more than 16 ft (4.88 m). The water provided by Lake Erie for waterborne commerce, navigation, manufacturing, and power production has led to intensive industrial development along its shore, but the basin's moderate temperatures have also encouraged recreation and agriculture. Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes, and the Lake Erie walleye fishery is widely considered the best in the world.
The Great Outdoors
Cycling in the Chautauqua region of New York is increasing popular due to wide, pave shoulders, beautiful and varied scenery, and plenty of spots for stocking up on essentials. The following cycle routes have been developed by local cycling organizations, cycling shops, clubs and race organizers. The routes range between 25 and 100 miles in length.
Each of the following rides can be found on www.tourchautauqua.com; route description and maps are available in a printable PDF format. Additional hiking & biking trails can be found towards the bottom of this page.
|Busti-Harmony Ride||36 miles||Jamestown-Frewsburg Ride||30 miles|
|Chautauqua-Fredonia Ride||50 miles||Mayville Ride||25 miles|
|Chautauqua Lake Ride||up to 50 miles||Tour Chautauqua Ride||75 and 100 miles|
|Chautauqua-Northeast Ride||53 miles||Westfield Century Ride||up to 100 miles|
|NYS Bike Route||Route 17||Westfield-Pomfret||Westfield-Pomfret|
|Jamestown-Ellery Ride||37 miles|
Findley Lake Sporting Goods
Rt 426, Findley Lake, NY 14736; P: 769.7737
Specializing in cross-country & downhill skis, snow boards, mountain bikes. Providing expert sales & service.
Hollyloft Ski & Bike
600 Fairmount Ave Jamestown, NY 14701; P: 716.483.2330; E: email@example.com
Bicycle, alpine & cross-country skis, snow boards sales & service.
Lake Country Bike
21 East Main Street, North East, PA 16428 • P: 814.725.1338
Bike tours & special events, rentals & sales
Jamestown Cycle Shop
10 Harrison St. Jamestown, NY 14701; P: 716.664.4112
Sales, service, parts and accessories. Bicycle rentals at Chautauqua Institution during the summer season.
Faith Haven Stables
Greg & Liz Sambor, 11570 Station Road, North East, PA 16428; P: 814.392.6959
A full-service boarding and riding stable located in North East, PA. Offering trail rides, riding lessons, training, boarding and leasing.
Double Dab Riding Stables
Ripley, NY; P: 716.736.4418
Trail rides, pony rides, petting farm and picnic area.
Findley Lake Marine
Pontoon & Kayak rentals
Paradise Bay Park Campground
2360 Shadyside Road, Findley Lake, NY 14736 • 716-769-7582
Row boat, Pontoon & Aqua Cycle rentals
4845 Rte. 474 Ashville, NY 14787; P: 716.763.2266
Kayaks, Canoes, Camping Gear. Complete paddle sport and outdoor adventure store.
On very good authority the 5 week period between the end of June and the end of July is an exceptional time for small mouth bass fishing on Findley Lake. Because no horsepower restrictions exist, fishing boats of all size and horsepower are welcome, which makes Findley Lake the perfect fishing destination. If your significant other doesn't relish hours on the water, the downtown shops offer a warm welcome all week-end long!
New York State's abundant waterways offer a flourishing habitat for a wide variety of freshwater fish species and Chautauqua County is home to some of the best fishing in the state. Findley Lake, one of Chautauqua County's favorite fishing destinations, offers anglers an excellent opportunity to catch catfish, crappies, large-mouth bass, small mouth bass, Muskie, northern pike, perch, sunfish & walleye.
Link to NYS Fishing Regulations: New York State Freshwater Fishing Guide
Peek 'n Peak Resort & Spa
1405 Olde Road, Findley Lake, NY 14736
P: 716.355.4141; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 27 perfectly groomed slopes & trails serviced by eight chairlifts
- New extensive snowmaking throughout the entire trail system
- Operating seven days and nights a week throughout ski season
- Ski equipment and snow board rentals available
- Lessons available for all levels by trained professionals
- Miles of terrain for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
- Snow tubing for everyone, young and old!
- Three terrain parks
- Direct access to the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Trail System
Chautauqua County's recorded snowfall over the last 49 years is an average of 203" per year. And snowmobiling families flock to our area because it boasts hundreds of miles of well-groomed trails. Five clubs maintain more than 400 miles of linked trails perfect for continuous riding and convenient to service and "break" points. Visitors to the area are welcome and encouraged to join and support local clubs who membership dues maintain and continue to improve our wonderful trail system. Go to www.tourchautauqua.com and Request Travel Guide to receive the map of the entire system.
Snowmobiling Rules: All snowmobiles must be registered in New York. Visit, call or write the following locations for your NY State registration: 15 Lucus Ave., Dunkirk, NY (716) 366-0210; 110 E. 4th St., Jamestown, NY (716) 661-8220; N. Erie and Chautauqua St., Mayville, NY (716) 753-4229. Snowmobile registration is available every Saturday through Feb. 15th, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Mayville Depot on Route 394, Mayville.
Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club
The CLS Club grooms and maintains trails from Mayville and Chautauqua extending south to Sherman, Clymer, Panama & Findley Lake NY. P.O. Box 134, Mayville, NY 14757; Phone: (716) 753-2924
Tee off in the place Golf Digest (Nov, 2002) declared the “Best Little Golf Town in America” for its access to and diversity of greens, value priced fees and number of quality golf days. The tradition of golf began in Chautauqua County a century ago with the development of the Chautauqua Golf Club at Chautauqua Institution. More than 20 courses, a learning center and a four-star rated course offer numerous choices for hitting the links during spring, summer and fall. Chautauqua overflows with golfing opportunities, many of which are available with special rates and packages. ee off with a spectacular view overlooking Chautauqua Lake or near the majestic cliff-lined shores of Lake Erie. Try a round amidst the vineyards of America's Grape Country or the rolling hills around Jamestown.
Link to Chautauqua County Golf Courses: https://www.tourchautauqua.com/Golf.aspx
Hiking & Biking Trails
Chautauqua County boasts a diversity of trail areas and scenic parks for hiking, off-road cycling, and birding. In addition to the Audubon Nature Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, birders can enjoy the Ripley Hawk Watch, Erlandson Overview Park, and the Chadakoin River Outlet. Along the Eastside Overland Trail, the Boutwell State Wildlife Area is home to groomed snowmobile and dedicated horseback riding trails as well as hiking, and strenuous mountain biking trails. Rails to Trails maintains 17 miles of unused rail corridors winding through scenic woodlands, wetlands, flowering meadows, and villages. Those looking for a short hike and lots of adventure will enjoy Panama Rocks Scenic Park.
Link to Chautauqua County Trails and Parks: Guide to Trails and Parks