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Hunters will find public land and abundant wildlife at over a dozen State Forests. If you like to fish, brook, brown and rainbow trout can be found in the rivers and their tributaries, as well as the occasional walleye, bass and northern pike.

Casterline Pond

Casterline Pond is a quaint pond on the outskirts of Homer. Located directly off Route 11, its newly constructed wooden platform is easy to spot. The convenient parking and ample shoreline without overhanging branches make it an ideal spot for bringing children to fish. The fishing platform is wheelchair accessible.
5082 US-11
Homer, NY


If you like to fish, there are a variety of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds spread throughout Cortland County.  Brook, brown and rainbow trout can be found in the rivers and their tributaries, as well as the occasional walleye, bass and northern pike. 

Hope Lake Park

Just steps from Greek Peak Mountain Resort's Hope Lake Lodge to the north, the Town of Virgil Hope Lake Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. Activities there include Hope Lake Beach, sand volleyball, Nordic Center, non-motorized boat rentals, fishing, hiking and swimming.
2245 Clute Road
Cortland, NY 13045

Little York Lake

Little York Lake is an idyllic spot to enjoy an afternoon of boating or fishing. Located in Dwyer Memorial Park, under the watchful gaze of the historic Little York Pavillion, the glittering water boasts 3.7 miles of shoreline.
6799 Little York Lake Rd
Preble, NY

Otselic River

The Otselic River meanders through the bucolic countryside of Cortland County's Cincinnatus and Willet, where it eventually flows through the Whitney Point Reservoir before its confluence with the Tioughnioga River. 

Papish Pond

Papish Pond is the only public body of water in Cortland County that remains entirely undeveloped. It is a 38-acre pond boasting 1.1 miles of wild shoreline.
Beach Rd.
Cincinnatus, NY

Skaneateles Lake (South End)

Imagine adventuring through crystal clear, turquoise waters breaking against towering cliffs, that are home to nesting eagles. Paddle along the water's edge, dotted with spindly-legged boat houses and the occasional seaplane. While this scene may bring to mind an exotic, far-flung destination, no passport is required to explore this Cortland County gem.
7330 Glen Haven Rd.
Scott, NY

Tioughnioga River

The Tioughnioga River is a large deep pooled river that flows through Cortland and Broome counties. It begins in Cortland (Cortland County) where the East and West Branches combine, and then flows south for 34 miles until its confluence with the Chenango River (Broome County) at Chenango Forks.

Tully Lake

Tully Lake is warm, shallow, and brimming with aquatic plant life. It is located on the borders of Cortland and Onondaga counties near the Village of Tully.
Friendly Shores Road
Preble, NY
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