260-Findley Lake, New York
A picture of exceptional natural beauty, Findley Lake, NY still remains one of Western New York’s best kept recreational secrets.
Located in the Hamlet by the same name, in the Town of Mina, in the southwestern corner of Chautauqua County, NY. It is the westernmost lake in New York State, at roughly two miles from the Pennsylvania border. The lake covers 292 acres with a maximum depth of the lake is 37 feet. The water is dark, however, that does not stop the locals from showcasing their skill water skiing or practice their forward water crawl. The lake has two islands and its coves shelter the aquatic life beneath its water. Before the name was changed to Findley Lake, it was called Findley Pond. At the northern end of the lake is the village of Findley Lake.
Findley Alexander, a soldier of the War of 1812 is the founder of Findley Lake, and the Holland Land Company allotted him a grant of land just before the war. Around 1816, he decided to make the region his home and established a settlement - one that had a sawmill. The story told is that Alexander used two nearby ponds to power his mill, which later resulted in the creation of the lake. The settlements in the region grew prosperous, and by the late 1880s, it became a social hub that not only locals enjoyed, but a place that beckoned to both high society folks and socialites. Steamboats gave Findley Lake a new appeal at the turn of the century and the islands made for the ideal picnic spots. Even so, Findley Lake has maintained its touristy appeal, with flourishing a year-round resort in the area with fantastic recreational features and opportunities.
Findley Lake is an angler’s paradise with a fish habitat that has abundant beds of aquatic vegetation and a variety of freshwater species, including yellow perch, panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, tiger muskellunge and muskellunge, northern pike, Walleye, muskie, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, bullhead, bream, and bluegill. If your interest is fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting, you have a good chance of reeling in a catch or two.
While anglers can have their fun, Findley Lake offers winter fun with skiing and snowmobiling, and summer pleasures, including hiking, biking, golf, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, and boating. In the vicinity of the lake is a great camping spot, Paradise Bay Park Family Campground. This quaint hideaway is rich in history, natural beauty, and still has an appeal that charms and invites.
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