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Papish Pond Multiple Use Area

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Papish Pond Multiple Use Area offers many different recreational activities including: fishing, canoeing, hunting, trapping, 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.

There are no formal trails on Papish Pond Multiple use area. Hiking is allowed anywhere on the property unless posted otherwise.

Featured Activities


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

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.

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.


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

A photo of a yellow lily on a pond in the papish Pond Multiple Use Area


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

The main attraction of Papish Pond Multiple Use Area is 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.

Fishing Access information is available. Fishing Easement information is available.

Hunting & Trapping

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


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


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.

(42.4935426°N, 75.9513322°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles 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 Papish Pond Multiple Use Area 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.

Site-Specific Rules

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

  • 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.
  • Boats using electric motors only are allowed at Papish Pond

How We Manage Papish Pond Multiple Use Area

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.

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.

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

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

Cortland County Tourism Office (Leaves DEC website)

Gas, food, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Cortland and Whitney Point.

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.