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Dunkirk is the name of a city and a town located in Chautauqua County in western New York. The population of the city at the 2000 census was 13,131 residents. The city of Dunkirk is surrounded by the Town of Dunkirk on the shore of Lake Erie and it also shares a border with the Village of Fredonia. Incorporated in 1880, the city of Dunkirk was named for Dunkirk, France due to its similar harbor and it was regarded, at one time, as the "Train Wreck Capital of the World," due to the large number of collisions that occurred here. Today, as part of beautiful Chautauqua County, which is called "New York's Gateway to the West," the Dunkirk area offers picturesque lakes and villages, wineries, scenic hiking and biking trails, world-class golf and much more. There are five lakes and many streams located in Chautauqua County near Dunkirk that provide fishing, boating, and water skiing, swimming and sunning opportunities. Chautauqua County is also known for its prime walleye fishing, with major tournaments being held here each year. The June 2003 edition of "Field and Stream Magazine" featured an article on Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie walleye fishing. Other attractions near the city of Dunkirk include the Chautauqua Institution, Lily Dale Assembly, the LucilleBall-Desi Arnaz Center, Midway Park, Gerry Rodeo and the Nature Art Festival. Dunkirk is less than three hours from Niagara Falls and Toronto, Pittsburg, Cleveland and Rochester.

Surrounding areas: Mayville, New York (17.9 mi), Chautauqua Lake, New York (21.0 mi), Lakewood, New York (26.2 mi), Findley Lake, New York (32.2 mi), Ellicottville, New York (36.6 mi)

Dunkirk Vacation Rentals

Dunkirk Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Ctr30 Lakeshore DrDunkirk, NY (716) 366-8350
Comfort Inn3925 Vineyard DrDunkirk, NY (716) 672-4450
Best Western Dundirk & Fredonia3912 Vineyard DrDunkirik, NY1.7 mi.(716) 366-7100
Days Inn Dunkirk Fredonia10455 Bennett RdFredonia, NY2.1 mi.(716) 673-1351
Magnolia HotelRd #2Mayville, NY17.9 mi.(716) 789-2935
United Methodist Missionary Vacation HomeS LK DrChautauqua, NY19.8 mi.(716) 357-9544
Maple Inn8 Bowman AveChautauqua, NY19.9 mi.(716) 357-4583
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp Retreat CNTRRd # 1Bemus Point, NY22.2 mi.(716) 386-4125
Budget Host Colonial Squire MotelShortman RdRipley, NY24.2 mi.(716) 736-8500
Comfort Inn2800 N Main StJamestown, NY25.5 mi.(716) 664-5920
Hampton Inn & Suites - Jamestown Ny4 W Oak Hill RdJamestown, NY25.5 mi.(716) 484-7829
Red Roof Inn Jamestown/Falconer1980 East Main StFalconer, NY25.6 mi.(716) 665-3670
Best Western Downtown Jamestown200 W Third StJamestown, NY26.9 mi.(716) 484-8400
Holiday Inn Jamestown150 W 4TH StJamestown, NY26.9 mi.(716) 664-3400
Bed & Breakfast
Summer House Inn22 Peck StChautauqua, NY20.0 mi.(716) 357-2101

Dunkirk Weather & Climate

Western New York has a four season climate that is somewhat influenced by the Great Lakes. Winters are generally cloudy, cold and snowy, but are changeable and include frequent thaws and rain, as well. Snow covers the ground usually from Christmas into early March, but a period when the ground is bare is also not uncommon. Over half of the annual snowfall comes from "lake effect" snows and is very localized. Spring comes slowly to western New York. The ice pack on Lake Erie does not usually go away until mid April and the lake remains chilly through most of May. Summers are pleasant, with warm temperatures and moderate humidity. Autumn is very nice, but brief in the Niagara Falls area. The first frost can be expected in late September over interior sections, but not until mid October in the Buffalo metro area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 19°F 2.57 in. -
February 34°F 19°F 2.12 in. -
March 43°F 26°F 2.76 in. -
April 55°F 36°F 3.30 in. -
May 67°F 47°F 3.32 in. -
June 75°F 57°F 3.94 in. -
July 79°F 61°F 3.78 in. -
August 77°F 60°F 3.86 in. -
September 71°F 54°F 4.84 in. -
October 60°F 44°F 4.04 in. -
November 48°F 35°F 4.16 in. -
December 37°F 25°F 3.39 in. -

Dunkirk Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Buffalo Niagara International airport (BUF) located about 44 miles northeast of Dunkirk in Buffalo, New York, the Niagara Falls International airport (IAG) located approximately 47 miles northeast of Dunkirk in Niagara Falls, New York, Erie International Tom Ridge Field (ERI) located roughly 51 miles southwest of Dunkirk in Erie, Pennsylvania, and finally the Bradford Regional airport (BFD) located around 58 miles southeast of Dunkirk in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Dunkirk Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Midway ParkMaple SpringsNY20.1 mi.
Martin's Fantasy IslandGrand IslandNY41.9 mi.
Waldameer ParkEriePA45.4 mi.
Six Flags Darien LakeDarien CenterNY56.2 mi.
Conneaut Lake ParkConneaut LakePA78.4 mi.
Water Parks
Niagara Splash Water ParkNiagara FallsNY44.8 mi.
Waldameer Park & Water WorldEriePA45.4 mi.
Seabreeze ParkRochesterNY98.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Shorewood Country ClubDunkirkNY 
Hillview Golf CourseFredoniaNY2.7 mi.
TriCounty Country ClubForestvilleNY8.5 mi.
Cassadaga Lakes Country ClubCassadagaNY9.8 mi.
Rosebrook Golf CourseSilver CreekNY9.8 mi.
Pinehurst Golf CourseWestfieldNY16.3 mi.
Sugar Hill Golf CourseWestfieldNY16.3 mi.
Chautauqua Point Golf & Racquetball CenterMayvilleNY17.9 mi.
Willow Run Golf CourseMayvilleNY17.9 mi.
Woodcrest Golf CourseMayvilleNY17.9 mi.
Grandview Golf CourseAngolaNY19.1 mi.
Bemus Point Golf ClubBemus PointNY22.3 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseRipleyNY24.5 mi.
Maplehurst Country ClubLakewoodNY26.2 mi.
Sunset Valley Golf CourseLakewoodNY26.2 mi.
Breezewood Golf LinksFalconerNY26.6 mi.
Forest Heights Golf CourseJamestownNY27.4 mi.
South Hills Country ClubJamestownNY27.4 mi.
Cardinal Hills Golf CourseRandolphNY28.9 mi.
Ski Areas
CockaigneCherry CreekNY17.5 mi.
Peek N PeakClymerNY35.1 mi.
Mountain ViewEdinboroPA58.5 mi.
SwainSwainNY75.7 mi.
Ski DentonCoudersportPA83.1 mi.
Hunt Hollow Ski ClubNaplesNY98.8 mi.
Ski ValleyNaplesNY98.8 mi.
Bristol MountainCanandaiguaNY107.8 mi.
State Parks
Lake Erie State ParkNY6.4 mi. 
Evangola State ParkNY14.5 mi. 
Beaver Island State ParkNY38.5 mi. 
Museum of disABILITY HISTORYBuffaloNY36.4 mi.(History)
Soviet Military Awards PageBuffaloNY36.4 mi.(History)
Albright-Knox Art GalleryBuffaloNY36.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Buffalo Zoological GardensBuffaloNY36.4 mi.
Erie ZooEriePA45.4 mi.
Seneca Park ZooRochesterNY98.8 mi.

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