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P.O. Box 588
10412 Main Street
Findley Lake, NY 14736
P: 716.769.7852
F: 716.769.7866


What a great get-away weekend!. We loved the relaxed atmosphere of Findley Lake as we were here to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. The room was cozy and the breakfast was wonderful. We had a great bike ride around the lake and enjoyed all of the quaint little shops. Thank you for your hospitality!
- Laurene & Matt
Euclid, OH


Click to view  2010 Boat/Bike/Horseback Rates & Rentals


Cycle Chautauqua

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 links provides a summary map and description of the route in a printable PDF  format:

Comments about the cycling routes can be posted to the cycling link on

Additional hiking & biking trails can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Trail Rides

Bicycle Rentals

Findley Lake Sporting Goods

Rt 426, Findley Lake, NY 14736     P: 769.7737

$18.00 - 8 hours
$14.00 - 4 hours

Hollyloft Ski & Bike
600 Fairmount Ave Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 483-2330; Fax: (716) 483-1942;  Email:
Bicycle sales & service. Alpine & cross-country skis, snow boards and winter clothing.

Expert repair shop, car racks. Cross-country skis, snowshoes and bicycle rentals.

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
Phone: (716) 664-4112; Fax: (716) 664-6376l;  Email:

Sales, service, parts and accessories. Bicycle rentals on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution

during the summer season.

Boat Rentals

Findley Lake Marine


Pontoon Rental

$200.00 - Full day (8:30 am - 4:30 pm); $60.00 - hour

10 passenger maximum

Kayak Rental

$60.00 Full day

$20.00 - hour

$35.00 half day (4hrs)

Paradise Bay Park Campground

2360 Shadyside Road, Findley Lake, NY 14736  •  716-769-7582

Row boats - 12'
$20.00 - 8 hours
$ 5.00 - hour
Row boats - 12' with 9.9 HP motor
$50.00 - 8 hours
$20.00 - hour
24' pontoon - 11 passenger
$160.00 - 8 hours
$90.00 - 3 hours
$40.00 - hour
Aqua cycles
$15.00 - hour
$10.00 - half hour

Evergreen Outfitters

4845 Rte. 474 Ashville, NY 14787
Phone: (716) 763-2266

Kayaks, Canoes, Camping Gear.

The most complete paddle sport and outdoor adventure store in Western NY and Northwestern PA.

The experienced staff will lead to adventure on the beautiful woods and waters of Chautauqua County.

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Hiking and Biking Trails


Howard Eaton Reservoir

The Eaton Reservoir is approximately 246 acres in size and is located just southeast of North East, PA, between

I-90 and I-86. There are 15 miles of single track and also nice riding around the perimeter of the reservoir.
Directions from Findley Lake, NY: take NY 426 north into Pennsylvania where it turns into PA 426. Follow for

a total of approximately 4.1 miles to Black Rd. Turn left onto Black Rd and proceed approximately 1.2 miles

to the reservoir. Parking and picnic areas are on the left.

Allegheny State Park
The largest park in the New York State Park system, Allegany State Park offers cabins, camping,

hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing with 18 trails covering over 35 miles.
Route 17, exits 18-20, 2373 ASP Tr.1, Suite 3 Salamanca, NY 14779
Phone: (716) 354-9121 or (800) 456-2267;  Fax: (716) 354-6725

Allison Wells Ney Trail
Part of Rails to Trails System; over 5 miles gently climbing the Lake Erie Escarpment, offering

spectacular vistas of Lake Erie. Parking on Thayer Road & Prospect Station Rd.
Thayer Rd., Rails to Trails PO Box 151, Mayville, NY 14757
Brocton, NY 14716; Phone: (716) 483-233

Audubon Nature Center & Sanctuary
A 600-acre wildlife sanctuary with 5 miles of easy hiking trails through fields, woods, and wetlands

with observations towers and handicap accessible overlook. Exhibits, bird collection, Roger Tory Peterson,

Art Inspirations Exhibit, special events, programs and nature store. One host of thee annual Nature Art Festival.
1600 Riverside Rd. Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 569-2345; Fax: (716) 569-2765;  Email:

Camp Findley
Located on the sunny side of Findley Lake, hiking, cross country skiing and group camping available on 160 acres.
Sunnyside Rd. Findley Lake, NY 14736
Phone: (716) 769-7146;  Fax: (716) 769-7398

Chautauqua Gorge
8 miles running north to Gale St., Westfield. Some county lands and private lands. Owner's permission required.
Hannum Rd. Mayville, NY 14757

College Lodge
Open year round the Main Lodge is perfect for meetings, conferences, banquets, retreats or large family gatherings.

Overnight accommodations for groups of 20-90 in separate sleeping lodge. ADA accessible. Low ropes adventure course, x-country ski trails, hiking trails, sand volleyball court.
Route 380 Brocton, NY 14716
Phone: (716) 673-3417

Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail
Eastern section of the county trail system covering 19 miles from Gerry, north to the Town of Arkwright. Hiking,

mountain biking, or cross-country skiing, camping lean-tos. Maps available. No motorized vehicles.
28 Mile Creek Rd., Gerry, NY 14740
Phone: (716) 763-7828

Erlandson Overview Park
The 2nd highest elevation in Chautauqua County. 76 acres with a 1 1/2 mile loop trail. Open May 15 to Nov. 1.
Oak Hill Road Frewsburg, NY 14736
Phone: (716) 763-8928

Fred Cusimano Overland Trail
Western section of county trail system covering over 24 miles between Mayville and Sherman. Great for hiking,

mountain biking or cross country skiing, camping lean-tos available. Maps available. No motorized vehicles.
Hannum Rd., Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 763-8928

French Creek Preserve
Over 90 acres of wildlife preserve teeming with migratory birds & animals; perfect for cross country skiing.
Hare Creek Rd. County Rd. 4, Clymer, NY 14724
Phone: (716) 355-6374

Lake Erie State Park
Located between Portland and Westfield overlooking Lake Erie. Overnight camping available, bike paths

and cross country skiing on ungroomed trails. 7 miles west of Dunkirk
Route 5 Dunkirk, NY 14048
Phone: (716) 792-9214

Long Point State Park
Located on Chautauqua Lake - a 320 acre day-use park, (no camping) with swimming beach & bathhouse,

hiking, biking, picnic pavilions, public boat launch and marina with restaurant, marine supplies, gas docks.

Winter time fun with cross-country skiing, snowmobiling & winter fishing.
Route 430 Bemus Point, NY 14712
Phone: (716) 386-2722;  Fax: (716) 386-2688

Luensman Overlook Park
A 70-acre overlook on a glacial ridge. Enjoy fabulous sunsets and view of Lake Erie. Picnic pavilion & tables.
Thayer Rd., Portland, NY 14769
Phone: (716) 661-8400 or (716) 763-8928

Panama Rocks Scenic Park
Glacier formed scenic park with hiking trails and picnic area.
11 Rock Hill Rd., PO Box 176 Panama, NY 14767
Phone: (716) 782-2845;  Email:

Rails to Trails
Trail system of converted rail beds covering 30 miles. Hiking, biking and cross country skiing. Maps available.
Rt. 394 Railroad Depot, PO Box 151 Mayville, NY 14781
Phone: (716) 269-3666

Ralph Sheldon Trail
Part of the Rails to Trails System, perfect for hiking, biking & cross country skiing. 5.5 miles running north to Summerdale Rd. Parking available on Titus Rd. Maps available.
Titus Rd. Sherman, NY 14781
Phone: (716) 483-2330

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
Home to world class nature exhibits, wildlife art, photography exhibitions. Also features a natural history library

and Nature Store. Hike & bird the trails on 27 acres and enjoy the butterfly garden.
311 Curtis St. Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 665-2473;  Fax: (716) 665-3794

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Blue Heron Inn
Bruce and Tobi Zenker Ahlquist

P.O. Box 588, 10412 Main St.,
Findley Lake, NY 14736
P: 716.769.7852
F: 716.769.7866