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Little York Lake

Little York is a deep lake located in Cortland County near the Hamlet of Preble. Little York offers a diverse fishery with its deep cool water and plentiful shallow warmer water areas.

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Physical Features:

Elevation: 1200 feet
Area: 102 acres
Shoreline Length: 3.7 miles
Length: 1.1 miles
Maximum Depth: 75 feet
Towns: Homer, Preble

Aquatic Plant Life:

The lake has significant rooted aquatic vegetation with most of the south end, eastern shoreline and bays having thick weed growth out to about 18 feet of water.


Off of Route 281 at Dwyer Memorial Park (a Cortland County Park). Beach launch.

Fish Species:

Brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, common carp, creek chubsucker, alewife, and brown bullhead.


Little York Lake has a two-story fishery with both cold and warm water gamefish present. Rainbow and brown trout make up the cold water fishery and can be caught in the spring by fishing near the surface. During the warm summer months, trout can be found suspended in the deep cold water in the middle of the lake. Largemouth bass and chain pickerel are the main warm water gamefish and can be found around the shoreline in the available weed cover. There are some quality sized, 20 inch largemouth bass caught each year out of the lake. Chain pickerel also grow large in Little York and fish over 20 inches are regularly caught.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management:

Little York is stocked in the spring with approximately 800 yearling brown trout and 5,000 yearling rainbow trout.