• Welcome to the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation

    Findley Lake is a picturesque 300 acre lake located in Chautauqua County, NY (click here for map),  Findley Lake has been enjoyed since its creation in 1815 by Alexander Findley for all types of lake activities such as fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, skiing. and ice fishing in winter. The Findley Lake Watershed Foundation (FLWF) manages the Lake to enhance water quality for a healthy ecosystem and to facilitate the myriad uses by the public.  In addition, the FLWF manages the Lake level by adjusting the spillway overflow level at the dam at the North end of the Lake to minimize damage to docks and other structures from ice flows. The FLWF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit oganization that is able to enhance the lake for your enjoyment because of donations/ memberships and grants.  If you enjoy the Lake and would like to be a part of the ongoing enhancements within the Lake and the Findley Lake Watershed, we encourage you to become a member or renew your membership today.

    CLICK HERE to learn more about Who We Are, What We Do, and Why Join Us

  • NOTICE: The FLWF has prepared Draft Strategic Management Plan for Findley Lake and the Watershed that updates lake management practices for implementation, and puts forth a comprehensive, integrated strategic plan and schedule to improve the water quality and usability of Findley Lake for generations to come.

    The Draft Strategic Management Plan for Findley Lake and the Watershed is now available for you to view and download by clicking the picture below.

    Notice: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 9:30 AM
    Special Board Meeting
    Waterwheel Overlook Building
    Zoom link is available by clicking the picture below.


Lake Info - Data - Docs

  • Weed Harvester Updates

    Weed Harvester Data Updates

    Learn where the Weed Harvester worked and how many weeds were harvested and removed from the watershed.

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  • Water Quality

    Boating Guidelines

    These boating guidlelines were established to create an environment of safe & courteous use of the lake that will ensure maximum enjoyment for all.

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  • CSLAP - Water Quality

    CSLAP - Water Quality

    CSLAP is a partnership between DEC and lake residents who help to monitor and collect important lake data used to develop lake management plans.

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  • Safety Concern


    Safety Concern

    PWC came within 15 feet of kids on tube being towed. Please take a moment to talk about safe operation before heading out on Findley Lake.

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  • Gate Valve in dam is CLOSED with fixed overflow level - yet the lake level changes. Why?


    Gate Valve in dam is CLOSED with fixed overflow level - yet the lake level changes. Why?

    The Gate valve is closed, and the top/ overflow level is constant all summer (barring too much rain). The top/ overflow elevation is set at the maximum elevation allowed by NYSDOT.

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