The Chautauqua Lake Association participates in several community outreach events throughout the year.

Here’s a brief overview of what’s ahead!

Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick

Date – TBD

Based on a wildly successful Alaskan tradition, the CHQ Lake Ice Pick is our winter fundraiser held annually when the lake freezes.

To participate, predict the date and time (to the minute) that you think the pick will fall through the ice. The six closest guesses will win a cash prize!

The Chautauqua Lake Association will use the remaining funds toward lake maintenance and near shore clean-up.

Give Big CHQ

Date – TBD

Every spring, the CLA participates in an online, regional fundraising event hosted by the Chautauqua Region and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundations. This annual day of giving is designed to raise funds and awareness for local non-profits.

This year, we will once again invite the community to spend a day with the CLA.

Annual Meeting

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Chautauqua Lake Association will be held at the Athenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua Institution.


Light The Lake

Monday, July 4, 2022 – 10PM

An annual tradition, the Light The Lake event will take place on Monday, July 4 at 10pm in conjunction with a variety of lake-wide July 4th festivities. 

Lakefront residents are asked to light their flares, which last for a duration of 30 minutes, in an effort to outline the entirety of Chautauqua Lake. 

Flares will be available for purchase at a number of local retailers beginning in June. Proceeds from the flare sale benefit the Chautauqua Lake Association. 

CHQ Dragon Boat Race

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Dragon boat racing is team-driven as participants work in unison to propel a 31-foot-long canoe through a designated , 200 meter course.

Crews do not require prior experience participants simply need the desire to enjoy a friendly, team building athletic competition! Proceeds will benefit Chautauqua Lake Association.

Spend the day with us and enjoy the view, good food, craft vendors, a prize auction, all with furious bursts of paddling entertainment and GCFCU’s Rubber Ducky Race!

For more information, if you are interested in participating or becoming a sponsor, please visit our FB page @chqdragonrace

Green Fondo Chautauqua

September 16 – 18, 2022

The Chautauqua Lake Association is honored to participate in the 2022 Green Fondo Climate Ride.

This weekend cycling event hosted by the Chautauqua Institution will take place September 16-18 and features three route options — an amazing ride for riders of all abilities!

Want to show your support of the CLA’s mission to preserve Chautauqua Lake for future generations? Join Team CLA and take a weekend to pedal for the planet while you enjoy the incredible scenery around Chautauqua Lake.

Learn how you can help preserve Chautauqua Lake for future generations.