Conewango, New York

The Town of Conewango is located on the western boundary of the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County.  The west town line is the border of Chautauqua County.

The Town of Conewango was established in 1823 from a part of the Town of Little Valley. In 1826, part of Conewango was used to form the Town of Randolph, and another part was used in 1832 to make the Town of Leon.

The name is supposed to mean "walking slowly" in the native language, related to the slow-moving creek. The town was first settled around 1816.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles, of which, 36.2 square miles of it is land and 0.03% is water.

Conewango Creek flows through the town.

US Route 62 and New York State Route 241 pass through the town. New York State Route 394 crosses the southeast corner.

The Conewango Valley ,  Old Order Amish Settlement in Cattaraugus County, is located 50 miles south of Buffalo. This community is the oldest and largest of the 12 Amish settlements in New York. It was founded in 1949 by families from Holmes County, Ohio, and the Enon Valley in Pennsylvania who were seeking cheaper farm land and greater freedom to practice certain rules and regulations of the Amish church. There has been slow but steady growth in the Conewango Valley; many families have moved in and out of this settlement. Dairy farming and the building trades are the main occupations. In 1986 there were eight church districts (congregations) with more than 1,000 people. The 11 newest New York settlements were all established after the Supreme Court decision in Wisconsin Versus Yoder on school attendance, indicating the migrations to New York may have been the result of liberal state guidelines for the operation of private church schools.

Places

freshly made cheese curd at Valley View

Valley View Cheese has 41-45 different cheeses for sale in the cheese shop!

Travel Guide

Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County Travel Guide for 2017It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!!

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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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