Zoar Valley

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Zoar Valley is 2,297 acres of beautiful and dangerous canyon river valley for fishing, hiking, rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Zoar Valley and the Cattaraugus Creek act as the natural northern border of the Enchanted Mountains between Erie County and Cattaraugus County.

Note: Some areas of Zoar Valley are very dangerous due to very steep walls and unstable rocky terrain.


Go fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek in Zoar Valley! Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 Steelhead Fishing sites by fishing magazines.


Stay on the hiking trails for your own safety. There are rocky overhangs and trees that appear stable on the edge of cliffs but steer clear as most of the underlying rock is unstable.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Join a group and go canoeing or kayaking. For a kayaking group in Zoar Valley, we recommend meeting up with the Zoar Valley Padding Club.

Whitewater Rafting

Some sections of the Cattaraugus Creek have Class III rapids! Make a reservation with a whitewater rafting guide.


Please note that some areas of Zoar Valley are private property and are restricted.


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More Information on Zoar Valley

Aerial view of Zoar Valley
Zoar Valley Gowanda, NY
United States
Phone: 716-380-1430

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible: No
  • Parking: No
  • RV Parking: Unknown
  • Bus Parking: Unknown
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Accepts Credit Cards: No
  • Internet Access: Unknown
  • Conference / Meeting / Banquet: Unknown
  • Playground: Unknown
  • Indoor Pool: Unknown
  • Outdoor Pool: Unknown
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  • Boat Launch or Dock:
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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

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Please note that this information may change and may be incorrect

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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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