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Bemus Point

Bemus Point is a village in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The village is within the town of Ellery and is located along the eastern shore of Chautauqua Lake. The population was 364 at the 2010 census. Bemus Point is home of the "Floating Stage", with many performers during the summer.GeographyBemus Point is located along the southwestern edge of the town of Ellery, on the eastern shore of Chautauqua Lake at . The village is immediately north of the location where Interstate 86 crosses Chautauqua Lake. Access to the village is from exits 9 and 10.According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.13km2, all of it land.CommunityBemus Point is home to many restaurants including the See Zurh House, the Italian Fisherman, the Surf Club and the Village Casino. Bemus Point also has a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, basketball courts, a small beach, park and free boat launch. The village's school district, Bemus Point Central School District, recently won its second New York State football championship. It is also proud to have three-time defending state champions in women's cross country (2010, 2011, 2012).HistoryThe area currently known as Bemus Point was first settled by William Bemus in 1806. Bemus had purchased land on both sides of Chautauqua Lake from the Holland Land Company in 1805 at a cost of $1.50. He moved his family to the east side of the lake (in the area now known as Bemus Point) on March 9, 1806. The Bemus family lived in a log cabin approximately 500to northeast of the current ferry landing site. Bemus descendants still reside on original family property along Lakeside Drive north of Bemus Street.
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