Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua

Skip Navigation LinksHome / State Parks / Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Address
4459, Route 430
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Latitude 42.178242
Longitude -79.406990

Long Point, which juts peninsula-like into Lake Chautauqua, is one of the moraines left long ago by a retreating glacier. The park and marina comprise a day-use area with thickly-wooded areas of beech, maple, spruce, poplar and oak. The park's boat launch is the most modern on Lake Chautauqua, which, at 1,308 feet above sea level, is one of the highest navigable bodies of water in North America. The lake has a plentiful supply of bass, perch, pike and other types of fish, but fishermen come to Chautauqua to fish for muskellunge. Muskellunge, or muskie, are native to the lake, noted for their size--often more than 30 inches long (in fact they must be at least 40" to keep) -- and their "fight." In winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowmobile or fish.

Pavilion Information
Long Point on Lake Chautauqua has three pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $100 a day and can accommodate 20 or 144 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com

Current Water Quality - Beach Results.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Day Use: Open All Year.
  • 2021 Beach Hours (Staff and Weather Permitting)
    6/19 - 8/8 Thurs.-Sun. (11am-6pm)
    8/13 - 9/6 Fri., Sat., & Sun. (12pm-5pm)

    **Water shoes are recommended due to sharp zebra mussels**

  • Launch: Seasonal; Open 24 hours.
  • Marina: Open 5/22-10/11
  • Concessionaire Phone Number: (716) 386-5838
  • Picnic Pavilion: Available 5/1-10/12, 7 am - 10 pm.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $7.00

    2021 Collection Times:
    6 AM - 6 PM Weekends & Holidays
    8 AM - 4 PM Monday - Wednesday
    8 AM - 6 PM Thursday & Friday

    Non-Profit Bus Fee- $35

    Commercial Bus Fee- $75

  • Marina
  • Slip rental: $31 - $46 per foot
    Overnight transient rental: $15- $24/ day
    Holiday or Weekend Surcharge: $3
    Out of State Surcharge: $5

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Highlights of Long Point State Park:

  • Lake Chautauqua is 1,308 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest navigable bodies of water in North America. You can navigate this water from the public boat launch at Bemus Point.
  • The tallest Cucumber Magnolia in New York State is located at Long Point State Park standing at 115.5 feet. Cucumber Magnolias are one of the largest and cold-hardiest magnolias.
  • Chautauqua Lake is recognized as in Important Bird Area by New York Audubon, an organization which recognizes places that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. In the fall, hundreds of birds, including ducks, swans, geese, and loons, stop at Chautauqua Lake during their migration.
  • Bring your rod & reel! Chautauqua Lake is home to a large fish population, including walleye, small- and largemouth bass, yellow and white perch, crappie, and muskellunge.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Long Point State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
  • Don't litter. Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Be careful with your fire.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

When you enter or leave Lake Chautauqua:

  • Clean and remove all visible plants, animals, fish and mud from your boat, trailer and other equipment and dispose of it in a suitable trash container or on dry land.
  • Drain water from bilge, live wells, ballast tanks and any other locations with water before leaving the launch. Disinfect when possible.
  • Dry your boat, trailer and all equipment completely. At least 5 days of drying time is recommended. Drying times vary depending on weather and material.

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: What is a muskellunge?

A: The muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae. Sometime interbreeding between different pike species can make individual muskellunge hard to identify. There are three recognized subspecies of muskellunge, one of which is the Chautauqua muskellunge.

Q: Why do walleyes' eyes shine?

A: Walleye's eyes reflect light, making them easy to spot at night. This "eye shine" is the result of a layer in the eyes called the tapetum lucidum, which allows the fish to see well in low-light conditions.

Q: How do muskellunge and walleye get into the lake?

A: Management and culture of muskellunge began on the waters of Chautauqua Lake. The first efforts occurred in 1888 in the south basin. In 1904, operations moved to Bemus Point where the first permanent hatchery building was constructed. In 1973, all fish production was moved across the lake to Prendergast Point where there was more space for ponds and better access to spring water. The Prendergast Hatchery stocks Chautauqua Lake with muskellunge and walleye every year.

Fun Facts!

  • A paddlefish was caught off Bemus Point on July 15th 1872. Paddlefish live in the river systems of the Midwest, so it was surmised that this fish migrated under flood conditions into the lake from the Ohio River via the Allegheny, Conewango and Chadakoin rivers.
  • Pike are predatory and also cannibalistic. Sometimes they prey upon smaller members of their own species.
  • The Kidneyshell, a rare freshwater mussel, was noted along the shoreline of Chautauqua Lake in 2008. We can help support the growth and survival of kidneyshell mussels by keeping the park clean. When we litter in the park, water runoff eventually carries that waste into the lake. Protect the lake's water quality by keeping garbage out of the lake!
  • In addition to the rare native kidneyshell mussel, Chautauqua Lake is also home to the zebra mussel, an invasive species which threatens native mussels and the lake ecosystem overall. 
  • Long Point is a moraine made by glacial retreat. Moraines are ridges or mounds of glacial deposits, the rocks and dirt that are left behind by melting ice. These deposits are comprised primarily of boulders, gravel, sand and clay.
Sat 24 Jul
Incredible Vegetables: The Trees of Long Point
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Luscious tulips, bunches of cherries, and the biggest cucumbers you've ever laid eyes on- it's not your local farmer's market, it's the forest at Long Point State Park! Join naturalist Erik Danielson on a walk through one of the most intact patches of forest left on Lake Chautauqua to learn about trees both familiar and strange, gain surprising insights into the way trees grow and change over time, and see if we can reclaim the title of New York's tallest Black Cherry tree. All ages welcome, leashed dogs as well. Meeting location will be the left-most side of the marina parking lot at 10am. Rain or shine, so dress for any weather. Walk-ups welcome. Call (716) 386-3165 x204 or email matt.romanyk@parks.ny.gov with any questions.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines for those non-vaccinated.
Sat 24 Jul
Storytime In the Park
Saturday, July 24, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Bring a comfy blanket, pick a shady spot and take a seat. Spend the afternoon listening to Environmental Education intern Matthew Romanyk tell stories and talk about native American myths, legends and culture. All ages welcome, leashed dogs as well. Meeting location will be the pavilion/horseshoe pits at 1pm. Rain or shine, so dress for any weather. Walk-ups welcome. Call (716) 386-3165 x204 or email matt.romanyk@parks.ny.gov with any questions.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines for those non-vaccinated.
Thu 29 Jul
Djembe Drumming Circle
Thursday, July 29, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Improve your rhythm, focus and well-being while learning about African culture and rhythms during this 1-hour drum circle lesson. No experience needed; drums provided. Nine (9) drums available to use, but class size is not limited. Meeting location will be the pavilion/horseshoe pits at 6pm. Ages 17+ (youth-focused classes will be held at Lake Erie State Park). Rain or shine, so dress for any weather. Walk-ups welcome. Call (716) 386-3165 x204 or email matt.romanyk@parks.ny.gov with any questions. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines for those non-vaccinated.
Sat 31 Jul
Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Aren't you curious about nature's soaring singers? Join Allegany State Park naturalist Thomas LeBlanc in the morning to listen to, learn about, identify and observe Long Point's bird population on a trek through the Point Trail. All ages welcome, leashed dogs as well. Meeting location will be the Point Trail head at 10am. Rain or shine, so dress for any weather. Walk-ups welcome. Call (716) 386-3165 x204 or email matt.romanyk@parks.ny.gov with any questions.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines for those non-vaccinated.
Sat 31 Jul
Guided Nature Hike
Saturday, July 31, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
Learn more about Long Point's plants, animals, oddities and other things you might normally overlook with Allegany State Park naturalist Thomas LeBlanc on this guided hike along the Point Trail. Meeting location will be the Point Trail head at 1pm. All ages welcome, leashed dogs as well. Rain or shine, so dress for any weather. Walk-ups welcome. Call (716) 386-3165 x204 or email matt.romanyk@parks.ny.gov with any questions.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines for those non-vaccinated.

Get Directions

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches (Accessible)
  • Boat Rentals
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Dockage (Accessible)
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Marina (Accessible)
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)