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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.
Current Water Quality - Beach Results.
Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 10 feet. No pets at bathing areas, public buildings or on cross-country ski trails.
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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
$7.00 When beach is open (typically Thurs - Sun 6/16-9/5)
$6.00 all other times
2016 Collection Times:
6 AM – 6 PM Weekends & Holidays
8 AM – 4 PM Monday - Wednesday
8 AM – 6 PM Thursday & Friday
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Highlights of Long Point State Park:
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When you enter or leave Lake Chautauqua:
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.