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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
Allegheny Reservoir Cold Spring Allegany State Park (Quaker area) Friends Boat Launch. Off Route 280, 3.6 miles south of I-86 Exit 18. Concrete ramp 35 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil NY waters immediately adjacent to launch, need Seneca Nation license to fish majority of reservoir. OPRHP
Allegheny Reservoir Cold Spring Onoville Marina. Off W. Bank Perimeter Road approx. 14.8 miles from I-86 Exit 17, west side of reservoir. Concrete ramps 100 cars and trailers, 50 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil Seneca Nation license needed to fish reservoir, PA license for over state line. Municipal
Allegheny River Allegany Off S. Nine Mile Road (under I-86 bridge), south of the Village of Allegany, south side of river. Hand launch 8 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Gravel surface DEC
Allegheny River Allegany In Village of Allegany at intersection of S. 1st Street and W. Union Street, north side of river. Hand launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil Village of Allegany launch Municipal
Allegheny River Olean In City of Olean off W. Riverside Drive, 200 feet west of junction with S. Union Street, south side of river. Hand launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil City of Olean-Waterfront launch Municipal
Allegheny River Portville Off Steam Valley Road, across bridge from Olean-Portville Road, south side of river. Hand launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil Town of Portville-Linn Launch Municipal
Case Lake Franklinville Off County Road 24, 1.5 miles east of Village of Franklinville. Hand launch 35 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed
Electric motors only DEC
Cattaraugus Creek Otto Off N. Otto Road/County Road 11, on south side of bridge over creek. Hand launch 20 cars Canoes & shallow draft boats, motors not recommended. DEC
Harwood Lake Farmersville Off Route 98, 2 miles south of the Hamlet of Farmersville Station. Hand launch 24 cars Electric motors only DEC
Lime Lake Machias Located on east side of lake, off Potter Road. Hand launch 12 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Zebra Mussel
Parking on opposite side of Potter Road. DEC
New Albion Lake New Albion Located 1.5 miles northwest of Hamlet of New Albion on Mosher Hollow Road. Hand launch 30 cars Electric motors only DEC
Olean Creek Hinsdale Off Gile Hollow Road, approx. 1000 feet from junction with Route 16, 6 miles north of City of Olean. Hand launch 5 cars DEC
Quaker Lake Cold Spring In Allegany State Park at north end of lake, off Route 280, 4 miles from I-86 Exit 18. Beach launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Electric motors only OPRHP
Red House Lake Red House In Allegany State Park at northern tip of lake, off ASP Route 1, approx. 2 miles from I-86 Exit 19 (via ASP Route 2). 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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