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Goodyear Lake Waterway Access

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The main attraction for the 28-acre Goodyear Lake property is the accessible car-top boat launch, which is operated by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife. The property also features an accessible trail that takes visitors from the parking lot, across the property to the picnic area and accessible fishing pier.

Featured Activities



General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

The main trail is an accessible route that runs .43 mile from the boat launch parking area on the eastern part of the property, to an accessible fishing pier on the other side of the property. There are several benches placed along the trail for visitors to use at their leisure.


primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.



General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There is a hand-launch located on the eastern part of the property, which provides access to Goodyear Lake.



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

Goodyear Lake fishing offers more information on the species present and the lake's statistics.

East-Central NY Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting trappingGeneral Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations

Wildlife Viewing

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Accessible Features

Acessible features

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

Goodyear Lake contains a .44-mile accessible trail that runs from the parking area across the property to the accessible picnic area and accessible fishing pier.


From Oneonta: Head northeast on State Route 7 for 6 miles. Take a sharp left onto County Route 35 and continue for approximately .8 mile before turning left onto Silliman Cove Road. Continue on Silliman Cove Road for 200 yards and bear right at the intersection. The parking area will be at the end of Silliman Cove Road.

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

  • Goodyear Lake parking area (42.504995°W, 74.975292°N) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Goodyear Lake must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage Goodyear Lake

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Leatherstocking Unit Management Plan (UMP). In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

List of nearby DEC Lands & Facilities

Information regarding where to find amenities

  • Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Cooperstown, Milford and Oneonta.

Cooperstown and Otsego County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.