Chautauqua, New York, is a rural town and lake community located on the wester shores of Chautauqua Lake, in Chautauqua County, New York. The town was given its name from Chautauqua Lake. The word “Chautauqua” comes from the Seneca Indians and there have been many opinions of the meaning of the word “Chautauqua” over the years however, the most accepted meaning is “bag tied in the middle” which would refer to the shape of the Chautauqua Lake.
The Chautauqua Institution is a nonprofit education center and summer resort for adults and youth located in the Town of Chautauqua, in the County of the same name and on the western shores of Chautauqua Lake. It’s about 17 miles northwest of Jamestown in Western New York. This historic community of about 750 acres is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is additionally designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Chautauqua Lake is located in Western New York in Chautauqua County. It’s roughly 17 miles in length and at its widest it is 2 miles wide. At its deepest point, it measures approximately 78 feet deep. There is about 38.5 miles of privately-owned lake frontage and has a total of about 41 miles of lake frontage.
The lake is known around the world for its fishing and offers fishing tournaments every summer and was featured on The Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing. Some of the more notable fish include walleyes, muskellunge, paddlefish, crappies and several varieties of bass. The musky has made a resurgence since the 1990s and there is nothing more exciting than bringing in a fighting musky that can measure over 50 inches in length!
Communities that surround the lake include Bemus Point, Maple Springs, Mayville, Chautauqua (Chautauqua Institution), Stow, Ashville, Lakewood, Greenhurst, Fluvanna, Celeron (Birthplace of Lucille Ball), and Jamestown.
Notable and must-see attractions nearby are: Peek n Peak Ski and Golf Resort, Chautauqua Institution, The National Comedy Center, Midway Park, Alleghany State Park, Long Point State Park, Southern Tier Brewery, The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Comedy Center and many more!