This is a beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County, New York with the following interesting stats carved into it:
Max. Length: 17 miles
Max. Width 2 miles
13,000 surface acres
Max. Depth: 78 feet
41 miles of shoreline
1,308 feet above sea level
Interesting factoid: Chautauqua Lake is located entirely within Chautauqua County, New York, USA. The lake is approximately 17 miles long and 2 miles wide at its greatest width. The surface area is approximately 13,000 acres. The maximum depth is about 78 feet. The shoreline is about 41.1 miles of which all but 2.6 mi are privately owned.
While the lake has a similar geologic structure (a very long, narrow valley) to the Finger Lakes in the east, it is not considered one of the Finger Lakes. Chautauqua Lake runs perpendicular to the westernmost of those lakes (much like an opposable thumb), lies in a different watershed, and was likely formed by a different process.
The lake's name has various meanings based on a variety of translations of the original native words of the Seneca Indian tribe. One translation means “Bag Tied in the Middle”, referring to the narrow portion between shore line’s halfway down the lake. Other translations include “Place Where Fish are Taken” as well as “Place of Easy Death”.
(Not all of this information made it onto the map, we just love to read up on the lakes we design.
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