Final Days of Summer in the Enchanted Mountains Countdown!

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The last few weeks of summer always seem to slip away and we want to help you with your planning so they are filled with extra excitement and joy before fall creeps up on us. We have put together a Top Ten list of summer activities for you to check off your summer bucket list.

1. Pack a picnic and head over to hike through the trails of sculptures at Griffis Sculpture Park!

Child enjoying Griffis Sculpture Park

2. Visit your local Farmers Market. 

Lincoln Park

3. Rent a paddle board at Spruce Lake with Adventure Bound onthefly.

Paddle Boarding at Spruce Lake

4. Take a step back in time and explore the NY Amish Trail.

Amish Trail Summer Sights

5. Rent a Boat at Bayview Mini-Mart and explore Onoville Marina.

Child enjoying Griffis Sculpture Park

6. Try a New Restaurant.

Men enjoying a drink and dinner at Union Whiskey

7. Take part in a self-led activity at Pfeiffer Nature Center.

Hiking at Pfeiffer Nature Center

8. Challenge yourself on a new trail at Allegany State Park.

Hiking at Allegany State Park

9. Hike through the giant rock formations at Rock City Park.

Running through Rock City Park

10. Take a ride on the Sky High Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley.

Skycoaster Ride

Please be sure to check all covid-19 guidelines.

Family bicycling on the Allegheny River Valley Trail

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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.

Read more about Steelhead/Rainbow fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek

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