Sporting over 75 miles of canoe-able water, the Conewango Creek and its tributaries are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail in New York boasts of nearly 55 miles of paddling enjoyment. With eight county maintained access points, the Trail is convenient for short day trips or longer overnight floats. The Cobb Trail ends at the Pennsylvania state line. However, the thirteen miles of stream in Pennsylvania offer a change of scenery as the Creek flows into a different geologic region. Those looking for bigger water can enjoy a day on Chautauqua Lake or the Cassadaga Lakes.
Hunting and fishing opportunities in the watershed are fabulous. There are several areas open to the public. New York DEC and the Pennsylvania Game Commission both manage state land, and numerous farmers int he watershed are enrolled in state farm-game programs. Be sure to ask permission hunt or fish before doing so! Public lands are also open to hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching and other outdoor activities.
Education is an important component of the CCWA’s mission. By constructing demonstration projects and providing programs for audiences of all ages, the CCWA is encouraging the wise use of our natural resources. Educational opportunities include stream monitoring studies for elementary through senior high school classes, CCWA sponsored canoe trips, and speakers are available for group presentations. The Association is also working closely with the Jamestown Audubon Society to develop a curriculum specific to the Conewango Creek watershed.