Whitney Point Multiple Use Area
Whitney Point Wildlife Multiple Use Area is located on the Otselic River in Broome County. The dam forming the reservoir on the property is three-fourths of a mile above the confluence of the Otselic River with the Tioghnioga River at the village of Whitney Point. Binghamton is located at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers about 24 miles below the dam site. The Whitney Point Reservoir project area is composed of approximately 4645 acres of land and water. The area extends along the Otselic River Valley from the dam site at the village of Whitney Point in Broome County to the lower limits of the village of Cincinnatus in Cortland County, a distance of approximately 12.5 miles.
Topography and Wildlife
The Whitney Point Reservoir is part of the general plan for the control of floods on the Upper Susquehanna River Basin, authorized by the Flood Control Act of June 22, 1936. Construction of the Whitney Point Dam was initiated in September 1938, and the dam was operationally completed in June 1942. The Whitney Point Reservoir Master Plan, completed in September 1961, recommended that the State of New York be granted a license for fish and wildlife management purposes. This license was granted to the Conservation Department (now NYSDEC) on August 2, 1973. A total of 4157 acres is presently licensed to the state of New York. Through a formal agreement, also signed in 1963 by the Corps of Engineers, the Conservation Department and Broome County, a summer "recreation" pool of 1200 surface acres is maintained from May 15 to September 15. During the summer, the lake is 4 miles long and has 10.5 miles of shoreline.
Wildlife management activities have included timber harvest, mowing, construction and maintenance of small marshes adjacent to the Reservoir, erection of nesting structures for birds and the construction and maintenance of public access facilities. Hunting is excellent with an abundance of deer, turkey, cottontail, rabbits, squirrels and waterfowl. In addition, pheasants are stocked throughout the season. A local chapter of Pheasants Forever has provided money for habitat improvement that has benefited pheasants as well as a multitude of bird and mammal species.
Whitney Point Multiple Use Area sustains an abundant and diverse sport fishery which includes largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, channel catfish, bullhead, tiger muskellunge and the occasional northern pike. Bass populations appear to be healthy and fish over five pounds are present. The walleye population increased significantly in the mid-1980's and has provided generally good open water fishing ever since. Whitney Point's most popular fish species is white crappie. Crappie fishing is popular throughout the year but never more so than through the ice. Yellow perch and sunfish generally are not targeted heavily by fisherman, but good numbers and sizes of both are present. Quality sized bullhead are also taken regularly, including two past state records. Their cousin the channel catfish is also occasionally taken.
Boat access to Whitney Point Reservoir is provided by a paved ramp at Dorchester Park (located at the southeast end of the lake) and a gravel ramp at Upper Lisle (located at the extreme northern end). Excellent shore fishing access is also available from Kieble Road which runs parallel to the southwest half of the lake. Access for hunting and other upland activities is best from the parking lots at Upper Lisle. Prohibited activities include off road vehicular travel, swimming, camping and overnight mooring of boats. In addition there is a 25 horsepower outboard motor restrictions and 10 mph limit when boating on the reservoir.
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Additional fishing information on Whitney Point Reservoir is available as well.
For general information contact:
Regional Wildlife Manager
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-3095 ext. 247