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Boat Launch Sites for Otsego County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to

Note: Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat.

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
  • Beach launch--no float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
  • Hand launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
  • Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.
Otsego County, DEC Region 4
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Bear Swamp Pond South Valley Off truck trail that starts on east side of Buttermilk Hill Rd approx. 3/4 mile south of NY Rte 165, just east of Hamlet of South Valley. Hand launch 5 cars DEC
Canadarago Lake Richfield Adjacent to Route 28, 3 miles south of village of Richfield Springs on Dennison Road. Dual concrete ramps 40 cars and trailers, 5 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel
Goodyear Lake Milford At end of Silliman Cove Road (on the west side of County Route 35 approx. 1 mile north of junction with NY 7). Hand launch 10 cars Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel
Susquehanna River Colliersville Along Route 7 just east of intersection of Routes 7 & 28. Hand launch 10 cars Zebra Mussel
Susquehanna River Crumhorn Off County Road 35 on east side of river between villages of Portlandville and Milford. Hard surface ramp 8 cars and trailers, 6 cars Zebra Mussel
Susquehanna River Emmons Off County Road 47. Hand launch 20 cars Zebra Mussel
Susquehanna River Oneonta Off Route 205 at westerly city limits of Oneonta. Hand launch 15 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel
Susquehanna River Sidney On the north bank of river, west of intersection of Route 7 & new Route 8. Hand launch 30 cars Zebra Mussel

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.

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