JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Belle will begin operating out of Jamestown this weekend, taking riders along the Chadakoin River to Celoron.
The announcement was made on Tuesday after Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and and Chautauqua Belle officials signed off on a lease allowing the vessel to dock and launch from McCrea Point Park during late spring and early fall.
The Belle will make regular trips to the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday while the steamboat is at McCrea Point Park. During the Chautauqua Institution season the boat will return to dock in Mayville, except for a few days during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival when the steamboat will return to Jamestown. The Chautauqua Bell will return to McCrea Point Park in September.
“This adds another port of call for the Belle in addition to its home in Mayville and some runs out of the Harbor Hotel in Celoron,” Teresi said on his Facebook page. “this project is five years in the making as the operators of the Belle had to make sure the Chadakoin was safe to paddle up and down, and the city had to make accommodations at the dock. Another great team effort by the Jamestown City Council and our Jamestown Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department.”
For more information on the Chautauqua Belle, you can visit 269belle.com.