Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua Sports Club offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities. Services include kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals, sports equipment, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bridge and lawn bowling. Fees vary and season passes are available for bridge and lawn bowling.

The Sports Club also provides leagues for men's and women's softball, and sponsors the annual Old First Night Run/Walk. A comfortable living room setting at the Sports Club provides cable television access to all major sporting events.

Please note that sailboat rentals, private lessons and classes are now available at the John R. Turney Sailing Center, located at the south end of Chautauqua's waterfront.


Boating Rentals

Life jackets provided with all boat rentals

  • Canoe/rowboat
  • Double kayak
  • Single kayak


Lawn Activities


Shuffleboard (Must be 12 to play without adult supervision)


Lawn bowling:

  • Age 14 and older
  • Saturday - Sunday (appointment only)
  • Lawn bowling instruction available — required for beginners


Other Activities

Ping-Pong (Must be 12 to play without adult supervision)

Fishing Poles (Live bait available. Adults – NYS Fishing License required)

Small equipment loan (basketballs, volleyballs, chess sets, board games, etc.)

Maj Jongg (Tuesday: 1:15 p.m.)

Bridge (Thursday: 1:15 p.m. and Sunday: 7 p.m.)