Crossing Chautauqua Lake on I-86, Near Jamestown, New York
Chautauqua Lake is located entirely within Chautauqua County, New York, USA. The lake is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and 2 miles. The maximum depth is about 78 feet (23 m).
At the southern end is the City of Jamestown. The Village of Mayville is at the northern end. Other villages located on the lake are Bemus Point, Lakewood, Celoron, and Chautauqua, the site of the Chautauqua Institution founded in 1874.
The lake is used primarily for tourism and recreation, mostly boating and fishing. Chautauqua Lake is known worldwide for its excellent muskellunge fishing and sailing as well as for being the home of the world famous Chautauqua Institution.
There is one bridge that connects the opposite sides of the lake. The Veterans Memorial Bridge (also known as the Chautauqua Lake Bridge) was completed on October 30, 1982 and joins Bemus Point to Stow on I-86 (at the time known as Route 17). Prior to the construction of the bridge the only means for cars to cross the lake was facilitated by a ferry, which still operates during the summer months and has become more of a tourist attraction.