D E C banner
D E C banner


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Papish Pond Multiple Use Area

View Papish Pond MUA Map || View Same Map in PDF (282 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper

Papish Pond Multiple Use Area locator map

Recreational Activities

  • Boat Launch (Car Top)
  • Cross County Skiing (informal, no trails)
  • Primitive Camping (permit required)
  • Fishing
  • Hunting, Wildlife Management Unit 7M
  • Nature Photography and Observation
  • Trapping

Background Information

Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is located in the town of Cincinnatus in Southeastern Cortland County. Many different recreational activities can be enjoyed in this small area, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, hunting, trapping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and nature viewing. Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is often considered a part of Gee Brook State Forest as they are located in close proximity to each other.

A photo of a yellow lily on a pond in the papish Pond Multiple Use AreaThe main attraction of Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is not surprisingly, Papish Pond. Many users enjoy the excellent fishing opportunities that the 38 acre pond, full of pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, and largemouth bass, provides. It is a great place to hang out in a canoe, and there is a boat launch for non-motorized and electric motor boats at the pond located right off of Gee Brook Road. Gas powered motor are prohibited.

Camping is also a favorite pastime, with plenty of perfect spots nestled in the peaceful community. A permit from the local forest ranger is needed to camp. Don't forget to come out and watch the early morning mist as it reaches up to the heavens during the first few hours of the new day!

Papish Pond also provides a relaxing atmosphere for bird watching and nature viewing, and there is a wide variety of wildlife and plants to admire along the trails. Remember to pack a picnic to enjoy by the pond; it's always a perfect complement to a lazy day spent by the water.


Article 9, Titles 5 and 7, of the Environmental Conservation Law authorizes the Department of Environmental Conservation to manage lands acquired outside the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. Management, as defined by these laws, includes watershed protection, the production of timber and other forest products, recreation and kindred purposes. Papish Pond Multiple Use Area was purchased by the state of New York with funding provided by the Environmental Bond Act to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape and provide for compatible recreational opportunities that would be beneficial to both wildlife and society. Today, the area continues to provide diverse ecological, economic, and recreational services for many residents and visitors of New York State.

Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is part of the Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.


Papish Pond Multiple Use Area may be accessed by taking NY Route 26 and 41 to Gee Brook Road. Travel about 2.4 miles on Gee Brook Road to Papish Pond Multiple Use Area. Parking will be available from the shoulder of the road.

State Forest Regulations

For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:

  • All State Forests are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
  • A permit from a DEC Forest Ranger must be obtained in order to camp at Papish Pond Multiple Use Area. No camping within 150 feet of open water, roads, or trails.
  • Use only dead, fallen wood for camp fires.
  • All fires must be extinguished with water, and the coals must be raked until cool to the touch.
  • Human waste should be buried in a shallow hole 4-6 inches deep, and at least 150 feet from water, trails, and campsites. Cover with leaf litter and dirt.
  • Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
  • Unauthorized use of motor vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATV's.
  • Boats using electric motors only are allowed at Papish Pond

Important Numbers:

State Forest Office (M-F 8 am-4 pm): 607-753-3095 ext. 217

Forest Ranger (Law Enforcement/Emergencies): 607-283-1159

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850

Emergencies: 911