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The Town of Portville is located in Cattaraugus County in the southwestern corner of New York State along the Pennyslvania border, locally referred to as the Southern Tier.  Portville is 65 miles south of Buffalo and 90 miles south of Rochester.  Its eastern town line is the border of Allegany County, New York, and its southern town line is the Pennsylvania border. 


The Town of Portville was first settled in 1805 as a result of its flourishing timber industry which to a lesser degree continues today.   The name is derived by the town's early role in shipping lumber and other items down river.

Communities and locations in the Town of Portville

  • Bedford Corners – A hamlet near the east town line on NY Route 305.
  • Carroll – A hamlet in the southeast corner of the town, east of the Allegheny River.
  • Haydenville – A hamlet on the western town line on County Road 92.
  • Lake View Terrace – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town on County Road 79.
  • Main Settlement – A hamlet in the southeast corner of the town on NY Route 417.
  • Mill Grove – a hamlet on the Allegheny River on Route 305 in the southeast corner of the town. It once marked the south extent of the Genesee Valley Canal.
  • Portville – The Village of Portville is a municipal corporation of 430 properties and 1,000 persons located on 2+ squares miles of the Town of Portville in the southeast part of the town on Dodge Creek by the Allegheny River. NY-305 and NY-417 conjoin through the village.
  • Stephens Lake – A small lake north of Weston Mills.
  • Toll Gate Corner – A location in the southeast corner of the town at the junction of Routes 305 and 417.
  • Weston Mills – A hamlet on the north bank of the Allegheny River on Route 417. It was named after the Weston brothers, owners of several businesses.

Learn more about the Town of Portville.

Places in Portville

The Portville Historical and Preservation Society is an educational agency, chartered by the Regents of the State of New York.

Home to more than 648 acres of nature’s beauty.

One of the finest roadside restaurants in the history of roadside restaurants.” – Steve Kurutz, 

A maple wonderland! WNY's largest pancake house!
An area to launch kayak/canoe onto Allegheny River.
One of the very few Drive-In's in the USA!
Cafe & Coffee House that has the perfect blend of specialty coffee choices as well as a full dine in menu.
Launch your canoe or kayak into the Allegheny River in Portville!
A local favorite for over 30 years!
Blueberry farm that allows you to pick your own!
An alpaca farm located in Portville.

Ice cream shop that offers a variety of scoops, soft serve, sundaes, and banana splits!

Step back in time...
A beautiful gift shop with primitives, candles, home décor, live edge tables and more! Also home to the Chocolate Roost!

Prancing Down Portville 2023

Join Portville for a fun and exciting Christmas Celebration!

There will be a Christmas Parade and Park Lighting Celebration. The parade will start at the Portville School and make its way down to Pioneer Park where Santa will light the park.

Food trucks, live music, and visits with Santa will be available!

Free Fishing Day in NY!

The NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation is hosting a FREE fishing day on February 17-18, June 29-30, September 28, and November 11th. There’s no fishing license required on those days for the fresh or marine waters of New York State, making it the opportune time for people of all ages to learn and enjoy the day. We especially encourage those with more experience to bring along the young people in your life to show them the value of patience, the anticipation of the bite and the exhilaration of the catch!