Beach Closings

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) monitors permitted bathing beaches for specific indicator bacteria (Escherichia coli also known as E. coli) and harmful algal blooms (HABs) to determine compliance with Subpart 6-2, Section 6-2.15 of the New York Sanitary Code. Water is determined to be unsafe based on indicator bacteria standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and on the presence of harmful algal blooms, following NYSDOH guidance. To best protect the public from possible disease exposure beaches are closed when the water exceeds safety standards.

Beach Closures

Beach closures occur immediately (the same day) when laboratory test results indicate samples have exceeded the EPA water-quality standards. When the indicator bacteria levels are elevated, the potential risk to human health from bacteria in the water increases, thus triggering a beach closure. When beach water has been identified as unsafe signs are posted at the beach to alert the public.  A map of Great Lakes beaches in New York State, with the most recent E. coli results, is available at
Beginning in 2015, Wright Park West and Point Gratiot East beach status is determined using predictive models.  CCDHHS will continue testing the beach water for E. coli while implementing the models.  An interactive map, with daily updates and information on predictive modeling in New York State, is available at


This site is updated Monday through Friday
during the beach season. However, occasional weekend sampling may occur. We therefore encourage the public to check the signs at beaches for the most recent beach status. Additionally, it is important to recognize that beaches may close for reasons other than poor water quality (i.e. staffing problems, weather, etc.), thus a satisfactory listing does not guarantee that a beach will be open for swimming.

Beach Statuses

The status of Chautauqua County permitted public beaches are listed below:

Report Updated: August 16, 2017




 Lake Erie Beaches
See NYS Dept. of Health map for water quality and sample results at Lake Erie beaches.
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Town of Hanover 8/14/2017 SATISFACTORY
Sunset Bay / Cabana Sam's 8/14/2017


Wright Park West 8/15/2017


2017- No swim area. Model predictions on Nowcast website. 

Wright Park East 8/15/2017 SATISFACTORY Nowcast model does not exist for WP East.
Point Gratiot East 8/15/2017


See Nowcast website for daily predictions.

Lake Erie State Park
NYS Parks website lists beach status and recent results.

Chautauqua Lake Beaches


NYS Parks website lists beach status and recent results.
Mayville Lakeside Park 8/8/2017 SATISFACTORY  
Heinz - Chautauqua Institution 8/8/2017 SATISFACTORY
Children's - Chautauqua Institution 8/8/2017 CLOSED FOR BLUE-GREEN ALGAE
Pier - Chautauqua Institution 8/8/2017 CLOSED FOR BLUE-GREEN ALGAE
University - Chautauqua Institution 8/8/2017 SATISFACTORY
Lakewood Village Beach 7/18/2017 CLOSED FOR BLUE-GREEN ALGAE Beach operates Wednesday - Sunday.

Cassadaga Lake Beaches

Cassadaga Beach 8/15/2017 UNSATISFACTORY To be re-sampled.
Lily Dale Beach 8/14/2017 SATISFACTORY