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Boat Launch Sites for Cattaraugus County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to

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.
Cattaraugus County, DEC Region 9
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Allegany River Allegany Located off West River Rd, south of the Village of Allegany, south side of the Allegany River. Hand launch 8 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Gravel surface DEC
Allegheny Reservoir Coldspring Allegany State Park (Quaker area) Friends Boat Launch. On Rte 280, 2.5 miles south of Route 17 (Southern Tier Expressway), Exit 18. Concrete ramp 35 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
Case Lake Off County Road 24, 1.5 miles east of the Village of Franklinville. Hand launch 35 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
Electric motors only DEC
Cattaraugus Creek Zoar Valley Approx. 12 miles north of the Village of Otto on County Route 11. Hand launch 40 cars No motors (canoes & shallow draft boats only) DEC
Harwood Lake On Route 98, 2 miles south of the Hamlet of Farmersville Station. Hand launch 24 cars Electric motors only DEC
Lime Lake Machias Off State Route 16 of Village of Machias, east side of lake off Potter Road. Hand launch 12 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Zebra Mussel
New Albion Lake 3 miles northwest of the Village of Little Valley on Mosher Hollow Road. Hand launch 30 cars Electric motors only DEC
Olean Creek Off Route 16 on Giles Hollow Road, 6 miles north of the Village of Olean. Hand launch 5 cars DEC
Quaker Lake Allegany State Park On Route 280, Exit 18 from Route 86. 10 miles west of Salamanca. Hand launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Electric motors only OPRHP
Red House Lake Allegany State Park On ASP Route 1, 6 miles south of the City of Salamanca. Beach launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Electric motors only OPRHP

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.

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