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Southeastern New York

Public Fishing Rights Maps

Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) are permanent easements purchased by the NYSDEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33' strip on one or both banks of the stream). For more information on PFR and legally permissible activities on those easements, please see our Public Fishing Rights page.

Most PFR easements are on trout streams. While keeping and eating the fish you catch is part of the fishing experience, many people choose to release their catch. If you release the fish you catch, please review our Catching and Releasing Trout page for tips on reducing the mortality of released trout. Want to know how much that fish you released weighed? Our Use a Ruler to Weigh Your Fish page will help you estimate the weight of your catch.

Below are links to pdf files of the generalized location maps that are intended to aid anglers in finding PFR segments and are not survey quality. Width of displayed PFR is displayed wider than reality to make it more visible on the maps. Please look for official PFR signs to ensure that you are in the right location and have legal access to the stream bank.

Prevent the Spread of didymo! - Didymo is an invasive algae that can negatively impact trout populations. It has been found in several of New York's trout streams and could spread to other waters without proper precautions. Wading anglers are a primary means of spreading didymo. For more information on didymo and how you can avoid spreading it, please see the "Didymo Alert" link to the right!

Known Regional Didymo Streams

Didymo has been confirmed in the Esopus Creek.

Other waters might be infected. Always clean and disinfect your gear prior to fishing and after you leave a fishing spot to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Felt Sole Considerations

DEC encourages anglers to consider alternatives to felt-soled waders such as rubber studded boots. Felt-soles, due to their ability to absorb didymo cells and to stay damp for prolonged periods of time, are a major vector in spreading didymo and require special treatment (prolonged soaking in disinfectant).

Dutchess County

Public Fishing Rights in Dutchess County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Roeliff Jansen Kill (PDF)
(477 KB)
Brown trout
Brook Trout
The Dutchess County section of the Roeliff Jansen Kill is stocked annually with over 2,000 brown trout. Some wild brown trout reproduction exists. This is a large stream and some nice sized brown trout are present. Some brook trout can be found in the headwaters.
Shekomeko Creek (PDF)
(318 KB)
Brown trout
Brook Trout
The Shekomeko Creek is not stocked by the DEC; however, it does have a wild brown trout population that can provide a challenge to anglers. A few wild brook trout might be found in the headwaters.
Sprout Creek (PDF)
(347 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The Sprout Creek is stocked annually with 6,000 brown trout with some contribution to the fishery by a wild brown trout population. Wild brook trout can also be found in the headwaters.
Swamp River (PDF)
(402 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The Swamp River is stocked annually with over 500 brown trout to augment a modest wild brown trout population. In addition there are also small numbers of wild brook trout present.
Wappingers Creek (PDF)
(632 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
The Wappingers Creek is stocked annually with over 12,000 brown trout and 2,000 rainbow trout, with all of the rainbow trout being stocked downstream of the dam at Pleasant Valley. Some wild brown trout reproduction exists, especially upstream of the Taconic Parkway. The Wappingers Creek is the largest stream in Dutchess County and it yields some large brown trout. Wild brook trout can also be found in the headwaters.
Tenmile River and Wassaic Creek (PDF)
(352 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The Wassiac Creek and the Tenmile River are both qualiy coldwater streams containing wild brown trout. The Tenmile River is stocked annually with over 9,000 brown trout.

Orange County

Public Fishing Rights in Orange County
Location
(Link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Ramapo River (PDF)
(531 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
The Ramapo River is stocked annually with over 3,000 brown trout and2,000 rainbow trout. This river has many different access locations that provides great angling opportunities.

Sullivan County

Public Fishing Rights in Sullivan County
Location
(link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Beaver Kill (PDF)
(851 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
The Beaver Kill is divided into the upper and lower sections at the confluence with the Willowemoc Creek in Roscoe, NY. Both sections support wild brown trout. The upper section of the river supports a wild brook trout population that increases as you move upstream towards the headwaters. Rainbow trout are also scattered throughout the watershed as a result of both natural reproduction and non-DEC stockings in private sections of the river. The DEC annually stocks over 18,000 brown trout in the Beaver Kill and seasonal anadromous runs of American shad are reported in some years from the lower section.
East Branch Callicoon Creek (PDF)
(368 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The East Branch of the Callicoon Creek is stocked annually with over 3,000 brown trout. Some wild brown trout reproduction exists.
Neversink River, including
Unique Area
(PDF)
(1,075 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
The Neversink River contains a quality wild brown trout population, and is stocked annually with over 5,000 brown trout. This tail-water fishery contains good coldwater habitat throughout the summer, providing anglers an opportunity to catch quality fish during the summer months when other streams are too warm to fish.
North Branch Callicoon Creek and Callicoon Creek (PDF)
(532 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
The North Branch of the Callicoon Creek is a quality coldwater stream containing wild brown and rainbow trout. It is stocked annually with over 2,000 brown trout. The Callicoon Creek is stocked annually with 1,000 brown trout.
Sandburg Creek (PDF)
(327 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The Sandburg Creek contains both wild brown and brook trout, and is stocked annually with over 1,000 brown trout. Look for the brook trout in the headwaters.
Willowemoc Creek,
Little Beaver Kill, and
Fir Brook
(PDF)
(987 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The Willowemoc Creek is a tributary to the Beaver Kill, and shares much of the Beaver Kill's history as the birthplace of American fly fishing. Wild brown trout are present throughout, although the proportion of wild trout tends to be higher in the more upstream parts of the system where summer temperatures remain colder. The Willowemoc Creek is stocked annually with over 18,000 brown trout. The Little Beaver Kill is stocked annually with over 2,000 brown trout. Fir Brook countains a wild brook trout population and is stocked annually with over 300 brown trout.

Ulster County

Public Fishing Rights in Ulster County
Location
(link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Esopus Creek,
Woodland Valley Creek, and
Stony Clove Creek
(PDF)
(919 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
Rainbow trout
The Esopus Creek upstream of Ashokan Reservoir is one of the most popular trout streams in the Catskills. The Esopus offers great angling opportunities for both wild brown and rainbow trout throughout the watershed. In addition to this good population of wild trout this creek is also stocked with over 20,000 brown trout annually. Wild brook trout can be found in the
headwaters.
Rondout Creek (PDF)
(347 KB)
Brown trout The Roundout Creek is stocked annually with over 5,000 brown trout. Wild brown trout can also be found, which can present a challenge even to the experienced angler.
West Branch Beerkill (PDF)
(322 KB)
Brown trout
Brook trout
The West Branch Beerkill is stocked annually with over 1,500 brown trout. Some wild brown trout reproduction exists but is not a major contributor to the fishery. A few wild brook trout may be found in the headwaters.

Westchester County

Public Fishing Rights in Westchester County
Location
(link to PFR Map)
Species Description
Stone Hill River
(Beaver Dam Creek)
(PDF)
(382 KB)
Brown trout The Stone Hill River is stocked annually with over 700 brown trout. It also contains a substantial population of wild brown trout.