Scoby Dam and Route 219

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Scoby Dam is most commonly known because of its trail and of course the dam but it is also has a lot of geological elements that have built the area.

The bedrock surrounding the Scoby Dam area was formed during the Devonian time period and is mostly fissile shale and siltstone. The soil in area is made up of very fine grained clay that is prone to landslides. Any clearing of vegetation also makes landslides more probable. The landslides have caused damage to the area and have affected the construction of Route 219 and the major bridge(s) over Cattaraugus Creek.

There is a cave that you can barely see that you have to climb up in order to actually get a good look. It is said that you shouldn’t go in it because it is really small may exist due to fractured and unstable shale layers.

Information compiled by Dakota Chinchen and Courtney Geis 5/31/2012 for the Cattaraugus County Geology Trail

Pictures

The Scoby Dam Cave located within a wall of shale along the banks of the Cattaraugus Creek.

The Scoby Dam Cave located within a wall of shale along the banks of the Cattaraugus Creek.

A bank along Cattaraugus Creek. The black tarp is used to hold up the bank.

A bank along Cattaraugus Creek. The black tarp is used to hold up the bank.

Map of Study Area

Visit the site below to see the location of our study area:

http://www.zeemaps.com/pub?group=368348&x=-798.700390&y=42.483377&z=0

The bank along Cattaraugus Creek and Scoby Dam. Notice the leaning tree
Scoby Dam NY
United States
42° 29' 0.1572" N, 78° 42' 1.404" W

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible: Unknown
  • Parking: Unknown
  • RV Parking: Unknown
  • Bus Parking: Unknown
  • Pets Allowed: Unknown
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Unknown
  • Internet Access: Unknown
  • Conference / Meeting / Banquet: Unknown
  • Playground: Unknown
  • Indoor Pool: Unknown
  • Outdoor Pool: Unknown
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  • Equestrian Trail Access: Unknown
  • Bicycle Trail Access: Unknown
  • Hiking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Mountain Biking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Snowmobile Trail Access: Unknown

Please note

Please note that this information may change and may be incorrect

Scoby Dam and Route 219 is categorized in

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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