Home » Places Zoar Valley - North Otto Water Access The Zoar Valley Parking Area on North Otto Road has access to the Cattaraugus Creek. Fishing Depending upon the time of year, you could catch Steelhead(rainbow trout) and other kinds of trout on the Cattaraugus Creek. Get the map Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing and kayaking is not a recommended starting point for beginners or intermediate paddlers. It is dangerous in this section of the Cattaraugus Creek and people die or get seriously injured in Zoar Valley every year. Get in touch with the Zoar Valley Paddling Club to learn where to paddle on the Cattaraugus Creek. Geology The Zoar Valley area is very unique river valley because it was formed as a result of glacial melting and deposition of sediments that the glacier carried. There were a series of glaciers that covered and exposed the Cattaraugus County area. These glaciations include the Wisconsin Glaciation, the Olean Glaciation, and the Kent Glaciation. The first glaciation began about 65,000 years ago. Sediments, known as glacial till, built up as the glacier began to retreat creating a wall, known as a moraine. As the glacier melted, large amounts of water began to flow east along the moraine and the glacier, towards Lake Erie, following a natural dip in bedrock as well as an ancient river valley. This process eventually led to the formation of the Cattaraugus Creek, which formed Zoar Valley. The rock underlying the glacier was shale, which is very brittle and easily eroded. The power of the water flowing cut through the glacial till and bedrock and eroded at the head of the stream, backwards, in a process known as headward erosion. The Cattaraugus Creek cut through the shale at a rate of 15 to 18 feet per thousand years and formed the valley walls we see today over a period of 14 to 15 thousand years. There are a wide variety of activities that can be enjoyed at Zoar valley. The fun ranges from hiking to rafting. You can find yourself camping in the beautiful forest, watching the wildlife, fishing, or swimming in the creek. There are many dangers that you have to be aware of before visiting Zoar Valley. There are many steep cliffs with unstable rocks that you could cause you to find yourself in a bad situation. There have been bad incidents in Zoar Valley but they are a result of people not being aware of the dangers. The rapids can also become very fast and dangerous. They might not look like they are very strong but looks are deceiving, so make sure you are always prepared and it is recommended that you don’t adventure on your own. Information compiled by Tiffany Anderson 5/31/2012 for the Cattaraugus County Geology Trail. Maps Please visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/zoarmapua.pdf and http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/49452.html for a map of the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area (MUA). The following link will send you to a point where there is parking and water access, however; it is the easternmost point of the Zoar Valley MUA, and is separated from the main MUA and it is recommended to be respectful and mindful of any property markers. http://www.zeemaps.com/pub?group=368364&x=-78.784836&y=42.487267&z=5 Zoar Valley North Otto Water Access North Otto Road Otto, NY 14766 United States 42° 27' 20.8332" N, 78° 48' 43.2396" W General Information Wheelchair Accessible: Unknown Parking: Yes 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 Swimming: Creek Boat Launch or Dock: Yes Fishing Access: Direct 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 Zoar Valley - North Otto Water Access is categorized in Autumn Spring Summer Fishing Kayaking & Canoeing geology Adventure Seekers Nature Lovers Otto Printer-friendly version Email this page Travel Guide It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!! View the visitor's guide online or request that the Enchanted Mountains guide be snail mailed to you for FREE! Related Events Friends of Good Music presents Invoke String Quartet Friends of Good Music presents Philip Edward Fisher Friends of Good Music presents Kenneth Overton Friends of Good Music presents Kenneth Overton Southern Tier Symphony's: Series II "Engage"