Where to Play in Western New York

With four seasons, an elevation ranging from 500 to 2000 feet above sea level and five lakes, including Chautauqua Lake, western New York's largest inland lake, Chautauqua County offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Learn sports on land, water and snow at regional training centers. Find magnificent views and undisturbed landscapes while hiking, cycling, birding, trail riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.

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  • Beaches around Chautauqua and Lake Erie

    Beaches

    Beaches and swimming areas are abundant on Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Cassadaga Lakes, and Bear Lake. more

  • Birding around Chautauqua

    Birding

    The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, Ripley Hawk Watch and several other great sites. more

  • Boating Experiences Around Chautauqua

    Boating

    Rent a boat or bring your own to enjoy sailing, fishing, water-skiing, a pontoon cruise, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing. more

  • Cycling around Chautauqua County

    Cycling

    Twelve suggested road cycling routes, as well as county and state trail areas for offroad experiences. more

  • Fishing Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake

    Fishing

    Learn about our legendary bass, muskellunge, walleye and steelhead fisheries on area lakes and streams. more

  • Golf Courses Around Chautauqua

    Golf / Mini Golf

    "The Best Little Golf Town in America", according to Golf Digest, Nov. 2002. more

  • Hunting Chautauqua County

    Hunting

    One of the top deer and turkey spots in the New York, Ohio, and Pennsvylania Regions. more

  • Nature Attractions

    Nature Attractions

    Visit some of the best Nature Attractions in the World!. more

  • Skiing Opportunities Western NY

    Skiing

    Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa, Cockaigne Ski Area, learn to ski and board centers and tubing areas. more

  • Snowmobiling Around Chautauqua

    Snowmobiling

    200" of annual snowfall and more than 400 miles of groomed trails means fantastic snowmobiling. more

  • Trails and Parks Around Chautauqua

    Trails & Parks

    Forested hiking and equestrian trails, lakeside parks and picnic areas, and spectacular scenic overlooks. more