Chautauqua Lake, NY, USA

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Chautauqua Lake, NY, USA

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Sip your way through Lake Erie Wine Country

From art and education to lectures and entertainment, the Chautauqua Institution is the beating heart of the lakeside community. If you want to venture beyond the shoreline, the iconic Bemus Point Stow Ferry'has been cruising the lake for over 200 years. Love to unwind with a glass of wine? Chautauqua Lake offers easy access to New York's famous Lake Erie Wine Country. With 23 wineries to choose from plus a handful of boutique breweries and small batch distilleries, you'll never go thirsty. And with Chautauqua Lake vacation rentals you can stock up on all your favorite picks, then enjoy a private toast on your waterfront deck.

Summer celebrations in Chautauqua Lake

Summer brings high season in Chautauqua Lake, when flocks of vacationers descend on the county. The long days and warm weather make cooling off in the lake more than enticing. The summer atmosphere peaks on July 4, when fireworks'are launched from the communities that dot the lake. If you want to beat the crowds, fall sees the lake explode in a sea of reds, yellows, and golds. Winter is quiet and serene, with plenty of opportunities to cozy up by the fire or try your hand at ice fishing.

Cast a line in Chautauqua Lake

Stretching for 17 miles from tip to tip, Chautauqua Lake is dwarfed in comparison to mighty Lake Erie. That said, there's still more than 40 miles of shoreline to discover, dotted with beaches, boat docks, and grassy parks. If you like fishing don't forget your rod because Chautauqua Lake is famous for its muskellunge. There's also world-class birding, with a flurry of migratory activity in the surrounding forests, wetlands, and open fields.