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Reopened Public Access Site in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, Enhances Recreational Opportunities for Residents and Visitors

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the completion of construction of the Dunkirk Harbor fishing platform in the city of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County. The newly reconstructed and reopened fishing platform features slip-resistant decking, two benches, solar-powered lighting, and parking for eight cars. It replaces the previous platform damaged by a Lake Erie storm surge in 2020.

“DEC is making strategic investments to bolster ongoing efforts to expand access to safe, healthy, and accessible outdoor recreation opportunities in Western New York and across the state,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “The newly reconstructed fishing platform on Dunkirk Harbor will help connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors and provide anglers with access to the world-class fishing opportunities on Lake Erie.”

Located on the west side of Dunkirk Harbor, the fishing platform offers anglers access to a variety of Lake Erie sportfish throughout most of the year. Smallmouth bass, steelhead, walleye, channel catfish, bullhead, white bass, and yellow perch are the main targets, with greatest species availability during the spring months.

The $156,201 project was funded by NY Works and through the efforts of DEC’s Region 9 Bureau of Fisheries and Division of Operations, the Lake Erie Fisheries Unit, and the Bureau of Design and Construction.

For weekly updates on Lake Erie fishing, visit the Lake Erie and Western New York Fishing Hotline page on DEC’s website.