• Welcome to the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation

    Findley Lake is a picturesque 300 acre lake located in Chautauqua County, NY (click here for map),  Findley Lake has been enjoyed since its creation in 1815 by Alexander Findley for all types of lake activities such as fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, skiing. and ice fishing in winter. The Findley Lake Watershed Foundation (FLWF) manages the Lake to enhance water quality for a healthy ecosystem and to facilitate the myriad uses by the public.  In addition, the FLWF manages the Lake level by adjusting the spillway overflow level at the dam at the North end of the Lake to minimize damage to docks and other structures from ice flows. The FLWF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit oganization that is able to enhance the lake for your enjoyment because of donations/ memberships and grants.  If you enjoy the Lake and would like to be a part of the ongoing enhancements within the Lake and the Findley Lake Watershed, we encourage you to become a member or renew your membership.

  • October 23, 2023

    Dear FLWF Members and Findley Lake Community,

    I am thrilled to write to you today on behalf of the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation (FLWF) as its President.  It is with immense gratitude and excitement that I address this letter to each and every one of you.

    Our journey towards the next step in the betterment of Findley Lake has been a long and challenging one, and it would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our dedicated community and Foundation members.  I am overjoyed to share the wonderful news that, thanks to your votes and resounding approval, the sewer district project has unofficially been given the green light.

    Your commitment to this cause has been truly inspiring.  Your votes signify not just a simple approval but a shared vision for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable Findley Lake.  This project is a testament to our collective determination to preserve the natural beauty and ecological health of our beloved lake.

    The impact of this decision goes far beyond the scope of a sewage system.  It is a declaration of our commitment to environmental conservation, public health and a thriving community.  By approving the sewer district, we are taking a significant step forward in ensuring the longevity of Findley Lake as a place we are proud to call home.

    We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to each member of the community who participated in this crucial vote.  Your engagement in the democratic process is a reminder of the strength that lies within our community.  Together, we have shown that we can tackle challenges head-on and work towards a brighter future for Findley Lake.

    In the coming months, the Town of Mina will embark on the process of implementing the sewer district project.

    As stewards of Findley Lake, your Watershed Foundation sees the Town’s implementation of the sewer system as a crucial next step on the path towards realizing a comprehensive solution for improved water quality that we’ve outlined in communications over the last few months.  The FLWF will need the support of the entire community as we move forward with other elements of a comprehensive solution (such as in-lake controls and use of herbicides) and we invite you to join us on this journey.  The FLWF is committed to keeping you informed every step of the way and ensuring transparency in our actions.

    Once again, thank you for your unwavering support and for believing in the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation’s mission.  Together, we are making a positive impact on our community and the environment.  Let us move forward with the same spirit of unity and determination that has brought us this far.

    If you have any questions or would like to get involved in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  We value your input and are eager to collaborate with you as we move forward.

    With deep appreciation and excitement for the future.

    Edward M. Mulkearn, President
    Findley Lake Watershed Foundation




Lake Info - Data - Docs

  • Weed Harvester Updates

    Weed Harvester Data Updates

    Learn where the Weed Harvester worked and how many weeds were harvested and removed from the watershed.

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  • Water Quality

    Boating Guidelines

    These boating guidlelines were established to create an environment of safe & courteous use of the lake that will ensure maximum enjoyment for all.

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  • CSLAP - Water Quality

    CSLAP - Water Quality

    CSLAP is a partnership between DEC and lake residents who help to monitor and collect important lake data used to develop lake management plans.

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  • Safety Concern


    Safety Concern

    PWC came within 15 feet of kids on tube being towed. Please take a moment to talk about safe operation before heading out on Findley Lake.

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  • Gate Valve in dam is CLOSED with fixed overflow level - yet the lake level changes. Why?


    Gate Valve in dam is CLOSED with fixed overflow level - yet the lake level changes. Why?

    The Gate valve is closed, and the top/ overflow level is constant all summer (barring too much rain). The top/ overflow elevation is set at the maximum elevation allowed by NYSDOT.

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