The View from the Water
Beautiful sunset
(author photo)

There is nothing more beautiful than the view of Chautauqua Lake from the water.  Any summer visit to Chautauqua Lake should involve a boat!  You can start your boating adventures right from the Maple Springs Lake Side Inn.  And during this time of COVID-19, boating is one of the safest activities you can pursue. It’s outdoors, and easy to maintain physical distances.

The View from the Water


Guests staying at the Inn can use our kayaks to paddle around the lakefront.  Two kayaks are available; ask the Innkeeper for paddles and safety gear.  Other kayaks are available for rent if you need them for a larger group.

Your Own Boat

If you let us know in advance, you are welcome to bring your own boat.  There is a small fee for using our dock and lift.

Pleasure Boats

Guests at the Inn are likely to take a ride on the Miss Rose, our own boat that we use to take folks for breakfast on the water.  Guests can also charter it for $100/hr.  Motorboats and sailboats are available to rent at some of the marinas around the lake.  And don’t forget to look for jet skis and other fun watercraft. The Innkeepers can help you locate what you want, and direct you to boat launches.


View from the Water
Pleasure boating (author photo)

We also have a pontoon boat available to rent.  This boat is available for other people besides guests, so reserve it in advance if possible.   Those who rent the boat must be at least 25 years of age and furnish a drivers’ license.  It’s a great way to see the lake, swim, fish, or picnic with family and friends.  You maintain physical distance while you take in the view from the water.

Fishing Boat Rentals

There are several places around the lake to rent fishing boats, and you are also welcome to tie one of them up at our dock if you need it for several days.  Chautauqua Marina and We Wan Chu Cottages are located near the Inn, and there are other places around the lake eager to rent you a boat, too.

Take a Ride on the Chautauqua Belle

View from the water
Chautauqua Belle

For a unique and fun way to take in the view from the water, take a ride on the Chautauqua Belle. Check the website for additional information and schedule. The most unique vessel on Chautauqua Lake, the Belle is a replica of an old paddlewheel steamship – one of only five such ships in the country.  Take a lunch or dinner cruise, watch the fireworks from the water, and learn about the history of the boat and the history of the lake while you leave the driving to the captain.  Have a cocktail and watch the sunset – a sunset that might be unparalleled in beauty as they often are on our beautiful Chautauqua Lake.

There are many thrilling and affordable ways to enjoy the view from the water.  Check the Sheriff’s website for information regarding restrictions and requirements for safe boating on Chautauqua Lake, and have a great time.