October 8, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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Topographic map of Long Point Park trails
• Overview of Park/ map to parking lot
Let's enjoy the fall colors as they come to splendor during this week. Long Point is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors on moderately easy trails but will allow us to get a vigorous walk too. We can walk out on the peninsula to enjoy the lakeside view.
MEET: AT THE UPPER PARKING LOT THAT IS FARTHER FROM THE BEACH. THE LOWER PARKING LOT IS AT THE WATER LEVEL. UPON entering the park, continue until you come to a "Y" intersection in road. Veer to the right (on Beach Drive). You will see my small blue car in the parking lot.
There is a small network of trails that is bordered by Chautauqua Lake. Be sure to bring boots because portions of the trail are muddy.
INFORMATION FROM THE STATE PARK SYSTEM: 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.
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.
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