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Boasting a stunning view of Chautauqua Lake in New York State, Chautauqua Lake KOA sprawls across 180 acres of both open and wooded spaces near Dewittville. It’s a gated campground for extra security and features plenty of family-friendly and pet-friendly amenities that include a dog park. The Chautauqua Lake KOA is just over an hour's drive from Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
When you’re RV camping at Chautauqua Lake KOA, there are 246 sites to select from, including full hookups with up to 50 amp electrical connections. There’s space to cater to RVs up to 60 feet in length, with complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV available for all campers. Meet other Dewittville campers at the picnic pavilion and Kamp Kitchen or head to the office if you need firewood. A swimming pool, volleyball court, and mini-golf course are available to keep kids entertained, and bicycle rentals are also available on site.
Motorhome camping at Chautauqua Lake KOA means easy access to not only the recreational activities on and around Chautauqua Lake but also the antique stores and wineries in the surrounding area. It’s a short drive from the Chautauqua Institution, which is a hub of activity during the summer months, as well as the vintage amusement park at the Midway State Park.
Camping at Chautauqua Lake KOA is the perfect base for getting out and about on the waters of Chautauqua Lake, which sprawls across around 13,000 acres. It’s one of the highest navigable lakes in North America and a hub for boating and muskellunge fishing, with two yacht clubs also located on its shore. Head to the Long Point State Park, which lies on a short peninsula that juts into the lake near the hamlet of Maple Springs. Aside from a swimming beach and playground, there’s also a boat launch and fishing dock, as well as a short nature trail to explore. Alternatively, jump aboard the Chautauqua Belle, a replica sternwheeler steamboat that offers sightseeing cruises on the lake.
Camp in an RV near Dewittville and you’re just a short drive from Allegany State Park, which forms part of the Allegheny Highlands forests ecoregion. It’s been nicknamed "The wilderness playground of Western New York” due to its natural beauty and recreational pursuits that range from hiking to cave exploration and snow pursuits. The park is divided into two main sections - the Red House Area in the northeast and the Quaker area in the southwest. Begin your visit at the Old Quaker Store Museum where you can delve into the park’s human and natural history, then visit the beautiful Bridal Falls or hit the snow at the Art Roscoe Ski Area.
Directly south across the border in Pennsylvania is the Allegheny National Forest, which sprawls across more than 500,000 acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It encompasses the Allegheny Reservoir in its northwestern corner, which was created following the construction of the Kinzua Dam in 1965. Hiking, fishing, and mountain biking are all on offer in the forested surrounds, together with ATV driving in some areas.
Renting an RV near Chautauqua Lake is an ideal base for visiting the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit educational center that was founded in 1874 by inventor Lewis Miller and Methodist Bishop John Heyl Vincent. It centers around the Chautauqua Institution Historic District, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts programs related to the arts, music, and education during the summer months. Symphony, ballet, and theater performances are all held here, together with visual arts exhibitions and recreational activities.
Don’t miss the opportunity to drive across the Veterans Memorial Bridge (also known as the Chautauqua Lake Bridge) that connects the opposite shores of the lake. Prior to its construction in 1982, the only way to get across the lake was along the Point-Stow ferry, which still operates today and is a scenic way to get out on the water. Both the bridge and ferry offer panoramic views of Chautauqua Lake and a good perspective on just how big it is.
If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to spend a day at the Midway State Park, which was established in 1898 as a picnic ground by the Jamestown & Lake Erie Railway. Today, it’s one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the United States and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Admire the contributing structures that include the Lakeside Pavilion and carousel, together with a number of historic rides built by the Allan Herschell Company. Aside from go-karts, a climbing wall, and bumper boats, there’s also a kid-friendly roller coaster, a water play area, and the Little Puffer Train miniature railway.
Whether you want to get out on the lake, explore the surrounding national parks or the region’s historic sites, book an RV in Chautauqua County and start planning your next vacation.