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Boat Launch Sites for Cortland 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.
Cortland County, DEC Region 7
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Labrador Pond Tully Off Markham Hollow Road. Hand launch 6 cars NO motors, Fishing pier available DEC
Little York Lake Preble At Dweyer Memorial Park, a Cortland County Park. Beach launch 10 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussels
Otselic River Willett NYS Route 41. Hand launch 6 cars DEC
Otselic River Willett On Landers Corner Road, approx. 1/2 mile west of Route 26. Hand launch 6 cars DEC
Papish Pond Cincinnatus Off Beach Road 6 miles southwest of Village of Cincinnatus. Hand launch 15 cars and trailers Electric motors only DEC
Tioughnioga River Virgil Route 372 bridge in village of Messengerville. Car top 5 cars DEC
Tully Lake Preble Off Route 281, 2 1/2 miles south of Village of Tully, west on Song Lake Crossing, first right after crossing I-81 to Saulsbury Road, left on Friendly Shores Road. Hand launch 15 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Starry Stonewort
7.5 hp motor limit DEC

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

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