Have you always wanted to learn to sail? Sailing on Chautauqua Lake can be exciting and challenging! The Lake is divided into two large basins divided by the narrows at Bemus Point. Each basin has different sailing conditions. The northern basin near Mayville and Chautauqua Institution is deep and can keep a sailor on his toes to keep up with the changing wind and current conditions. The southern basin is shallower and somewhat calmer but will still challenge even the most experienced sailor.
At Lakewood’s Hartley Park you will find the Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation (CLCSF). The CLCSF mission is to provide coaching, training and instruction in fundamental sailing skills for youth, families and adults, including instruction on safe boating techniques, sportsmanship, boat maintenance, and water safety, to foster and facilitate recreational and competitive sailing by the general public on Chautauqua Lake, and to develop and encourage the appreciation of local boating history and respect for the natural beauty and ecological value of Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County, New York. Summer is the ideal time to learn how to sail and Lakewood is ready!