Boat Launch Sites for Chautauqua County
Note: Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat.
- Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
- Beach launch--no float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
- Hand launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
- Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.
Accessibility: As listed in the chart below, DEC's Sunset Bay Boat Launch Site on Lake Erie at Cattaraugus Creek has been designed to be wheelchair accessible. It also has an accessible restroom facility.
Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations
|Water||Town||Location||Type||Parking||Invasive Species Present*||Comments||Agency|
|Bear Lake||Stockton||Just north of Hamlet of Stockton off Bear Lake Rd.||Hand launch||10 cars||Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
|Cassadaga Lake||Pomfret||From Rte 60 in Village of Cassadaga, turn onto Dale Dr, left on Glasgow Rd.||Hard surface ramp||20 cars and trailers||Eurasian Watermilfoil||DEC|
|Chautauqua Lake||Ellery||Long Point State Park (link leaves DEC's website); off Rte 430 between Bemus Point and Maple Springs.||Hard surface ramps||56 cars with trailers, 70 cars||Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel
||Marina and Pumpout||OPRHP|
|Chautauqua Lake||Ellery||Bemus Point; from Rte 430 (Main St) in Village of Bemus Point, turn onto Alburtus Ave, left on Lakeside Ave.||Hard surface ramp||30 cars and trailers||Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel
|Chautauqua Lake||Chautauqua||Prendergast Point; from Rte 394 turn onto Prendergast Blvd, turn right at end of street.||Hard surface ramps||50 cars and trailers||Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel
|Findley Lake||Mina||North end of lake, off Rte 426/430 in Village of Findley Lake.||Hand launch||25 cars||Eurasian Watermilfoil
|Lake Erie||Westfield||Barcelona Harbor; off Rte 5 in Hamlet of Barcelona.||Hard surface ramps||85 cars with trailers and 36 cars||Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Asian Clam
||Owned and operated by Town of Westfield||Municipal|
|Lake Erie||Dunkirk||Dunkirk Harbor; off Route 5 in the City of Dunkirk.||Hard surface ramps||50 cars and trailers||Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Asian Clam
||Owned and operated by City of Dunkirk||Municipal|
|Lake Erie||Hanover||Cattaraugus Creek (Sunset Bay (link leaves DEC's website)); 2 miles west of Silver Creek Thruway interchange, from Rte 5 & 20 turn north on Alleghany Rd, at end of road on right.||Hard surface ramps||50 cars and trailers||Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Asian Clam
Hours of operation and fee rates apply (link leaves DEC's website)
|Lake Erie||Hanover||Cattaraugus Creek (Sunset Bay); 2 miles west of Silver Creek Thruway interchange, from Rte 5 & 20 turn north on Alleghany Rd, right on Ann St.||Hard surface ramps||75 cars and trailers||Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Asian Clam
||Owned and operated by the Town of Hanover||Municipal|
*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.