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Public Fishing Rights Maps

Waters with Public Fishing Rights

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Sign indicating that public fishing rights are available on this stream.
Public Fishing Rights Sign

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). This right is for the purpose of fishing only and no other purpose. Treat the land with respect to insure the continuation of this right and privilege. Fishing privileges may be available on some other private lands with permission of the land owner. Courtesy toward the land-owner and respect for their property will insure their continued use.

Below are links to 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 this PFR sign to ensure that you are in the right location and have legal access to the stream bank.


Select an area for a list of Public Fishing Rights PDF maps (no maps for 1 and 2)

West-Central New York PFR Maps Central New York PFR Maps North-Central New York PFR Maps Adirondack/Lake Champlain PFR Maps East-Central New York PFR Maps Western New York PFR Maps Southeastern New York PFR Maps

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!

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).

More about Public Fishing Rights Maps:

  • About Public Fishing Rights - DEC works with private landowners to ensure access to fishing waters. Currently there are more than 1,280 miles of public fishing rights (PFR) easements on more than 350 streams across the state.
  • Public Fishing Rights and the Landowner - Explanation of Public Fishing Rights and the landowner benefits of selling PFR.
  • Southeastern New York - Public fishing rights maps of Southeastern New York (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties).
  • East-Central New York - Public fishing rights maps of East Central New York (Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties).
  • Adirondack/Lake Champlain - Maps and brochures showing location of Public Fishing Rights in Northeastern New York (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties).
  • North-Central New York - Public fishing rights maps of North-central New York (Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and St. Lawrence Counties).
  • Central New York - Public fishing rights maps of Central New York (Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties).
  • West-Central New York - Public fishing rights maps of West-Central New York (Chemung, Genessee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates Counties).
  • Western New York - Public fishing rights maps of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming Counties).