Experience the lake your way with flexible scheduling and a custom itinerary based on your interests. Cruise early morning, during the sunny daytime or at sunset, and learn about local history, or enjoy picnicking, sunbathing, underwater exploring with side scan sonar, or just relaxing.
The departure time and length of cruise is subject only to schedule availability and your Captain’s discretion of weather and water conditions. Cruises depart from Long Point State Park Marina, but other locations for pick up and drop off are available by special arrangement.
A Relaxing Cruise on CHQ Lake
Recommended Duration: 2-4 hours.
The Chautauqua region looks completely different from the water! Aboard the One Fine Day, you can see the iconic Bell Tower, Atheneum Hotel and Packard Mansion at Chautauqua Institution.
Cruise Bemus Bay and have a look at the homes on Lakeside Drive from the water and the bustling Village of Bemus Point.
Or head to the South Basin and down the Chadakoin River to the "The Boat Landing" at McCrea Point Park. Along the way, pass the Village of Celeron, childhood home of Lucille Ball.
Sunken Treasures of Chautauqua
Recommended Duration: 2-3 hours.
One Fine Day is equipped with the latest Garmin GPS technology with side scan sonar. Side scan sonar is the best way to explore what lies on the bottom of Chautauqua Lake.
Chautauqua Lake from 1827 to 1975 was home for over 40 different steamboats. The steamboats were a major source of transportation to all points on the lake and were the only public transportation to Chautauqua Institution until 1904.
Sunken steamboat remains, of which there are several, make for interesting underwater exploration. Who knows what we’ll “see”!
Historic Sites of Chautauqua
Recommended Duration: 4 hours.
Over 30 resort hotels surrounded Chautauqua Lake in its heyday, with two currently remaining, The Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point and Atheneum in Chautauqua. We’ll motor along the Bemus Bay shoreline to the golden Lenhart Hotel in Bemus Point. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the famous Bemus-Stowe Ferry crossing the narrows.
Cruise into the North Basin, passing Long Point, and up to Chautauqua Institution and view the majestic Atheneum Hotel and the Packard Mansion.
All along the way, Captain Paul will share the history of the hotels that remain as well as fascinating stories of the ones that have been lost to history.