Look past the buildings. Look beyond the roads. Look to the hills, the backwoods and the streams. There is so much more to Cattaraugus and McKean Counties than meets the eye, especially when you start exploring the countless acres of forest. If you come from an urban area and have always wanted to fish or hunt (but have no idea how, or where to get started) there are two places in the area that are more than happy to accommodate you. Lake Lane Fishing & Hunting Resort and The Lodge at Glendorn both offer a high-quality experience for amateurs and professionals. Considering the diversity of the wildlife native to this area, an excursion to either of these will surely yield some exciting catches.
LAKE LANE FISHING & HUNTING RESORT
1339 Windfall Road • Olean, NY 14760
Sean and Hannah Maurer knew they needed more room for their growing business. So in 2006, they purchased 55 acres of land in Olean, NY. As it turns out, the new land purchased - centrally located between Olean, Portville and Cuba - included two large ponds and rolling acreage of gorgeous hills. The Maurers saw an opportunity.
“The one pond didn’t have any fish,” Hannah said. “My husband (Sean) said let’s try some trout and see how they do. We did, and they got huge! Sean said, ‘We have to open this up to the public, because this could be a really fun activity.’ As it turns out, he was right, and it’s been awesome!”
Two years later, the Lake Lane Fishing & Hunting Resort was born. To take the original idea from good to great, the Maurers turned half of their four-car garage into a bait shop and became an official New York State fishing preserve - meaning those who come don’t need a fishing license.
“It’s been a process, but we’ve had so much fun doing it,” Hannah said. “The other pond has bass and bluegill, among other species of very catchable fish. A lot of families come here with their kids, and for a lot of the young ones, it’s their first time ever catching something. It’s a very rewarding experience.”
Not content to leave the ever-evolving business the same, the Maurers have also begun construction on a couple of cabins, each equipped with a kitchen, beds, a bathroom and other amenities. All this on top of the campground they’re working on as well.
“Since we opened, we’ve hosted weddings, birthday parties and other outings,” Hannah said. “The Army will come in May for a fishing tournament. We’ve had the Girl Scouts, school groups and senior citizens. Eden Heights (an assisted-living home in Allegany, NY) came and they were just awesome. The nurses had to bring the food to the men in their chairs, because they didn’t want to stop fishing.”
The resort is handicap-accessible and participants can drive right up to the pond. Memberships are available for $50 per person every year. However, non-members can come and fish whenever they’d like. If you ‘like’ the Resort’s Facebook page, you’ll get 2 hours of fishing for free.
Every year, the resort holds its Annual Sportsmen’s Show, and this year it will be held the weekend of June 1-2.
“The Show is going to be very fun this year,” Hannah said. “We usually do our ‘free kids fishing day’ only one day, but this year we’re expanding it to the whole weekend. We have some incredible sponsors who donate really nice prizes. There are vendors, live music, kayaking, archery and the National Wild Turkey Federation holds a turkey-calling contest. It’s a great family-oriented day.”
The Maurers said a lot of the families come for both days because the kids enjoy it so much. The Army comes and sets up a shooting booth, while inside there’s food and more activities. Camping (tents only) is available.
Starting in May, Lake Lane will host monthly fishing tournaments for members. It’s based on a points total, and the winner is rewarded with a free membership for the following summer.
“We want to reiterate to people that you do not need a fishing license to come and fish,” Hannah said. “It’s catch-and-release, or you can pay by the pound if you wish to keep them. We’re very excited about this upcoming summer, because it looks to be our best one yet.”
THE LODGE AT GLENDORN
100 Glendorn Drive • Bradford, PA 16701
Nestled in the beautiful forests of McKean County, PA lies a place that will take you beyond the bustle of everyday life. It boasts the scenery famous for our region, wildlife you don’t see often, and amenities unlike many others. Welcome to The Lodge at Glendorn.
Originally owned by C.G. Dorn, the estate was auctioned off in 2009 to Cliff Forrest and his family. The Glendorn, with its ‘Big House’ and multiple cabins, offers visitors a chance to do things they normally wouldn’t be able to do, such as guided fishing and hunting tours.
One of the best things about The Glendorn is how family oriented it is. If a family comes, they have the option to go on one of these excellent guided tours or simply hang out by the fireplace or pool all day. The backwoods around McKean County are always ripe for exploring, and there are very few things more important to a youngster’s mind than being able to explore and adventure.
When it comes to fishing and hunting tours (and snowmobile tours too), you won’t find many other places in the region who do it as well as the folks at The Glendorn. Started in 1995, the Fuller Brook Outfitter aims to take both experienced and inexperienced fishers and hunters on the tour of a lifetime.
“We guide on many local streams and rivers,” said Dave Okerlund, General Manager at The Glendorn. “We have an outfitters permit. After purchasing additional property, we now own around 3,500 acres that we can fish, hunt and guide on.”
Instead of outsourcing the outfitter, Okerlund and his team do everything in-house. The Glendorn staffs professional guides for everything from fly-fishing to big-game hunts. As a year-round outfitter, The Glendorn boasts something fun for everyone.
“We are a full guide outfitter,” Okerlund said. “You can show up with no gear or any knowledge, and we’ll completely outfit you and take you on a successful outing. Typically, we do two people per boat - we have four boats - for our fishing expeditions, while our snowmobiling trips hover around 8-10. For the bird hunts, we’ve done as many as 12-15.”
Okerlund takes pride in his guides. He picks his employees by hand, making sure that they’re qualified, experienced outdoorsmen.
“A lot of our customers are repeat customers, because they absolutely love the experience,” he said. “We have four full-time guides, not including myself. We also have four others that we call on part-time. Since you need to have a fishing license to be a guide, we pick our guides very carefully. Lots of experience is critical.”
“It takes maturity, responsibility and trust to be a guide,” Okerlund continued. “At The Glendorn, we’re definitely more about quality over quantity. We want our customers to have the best possible time they can.”
Tour The Glendorn property and all its majesty on their website, www.glendorn.com. The site offers details about the many activities and recreations available – including hunting and fishing, trap/skeet, hiking, biking, tennis, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing, spa services, dining … whew! Even their wintertime activities menu is packed full of exciting outdoor adventures! Each accommodation at The Glendorn is unique, and all are luxuriously furnished. Discover what makes The Glendorn an enchanting, sought-out getaway for families both near and far.
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