Ripley is a town on Lake Erie in the westernmost part of Chautauqua County, New York, USA. The population was 2,636 at the 2000 census. The town was named after General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley. There are no incorporated villages in the town, but there is one CDP: Ripley. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.0 Square miles (127.0 Square kilometer), of which, 48.9 Square miles (126.7 Square kilometer) of it is land and 0.1 Square miles (0.2 Square kilometer) of it (0.18%) is water.