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Genegantslet Creek

Genegantslet Creek, also known locally as the "Genny," is a very popular trout stream in Chenango County. It begins just north of East Pharsalia and then meanders for nearly 51 miles to its confluence with the Chenango River. During its long meandering, it flows through the 3,181 acre Genegantslet State Forest.

Public Access

There are 9.6 miles of public fishing rights along Genegantslet Creek. There are four official parking areas, and anglers also use unofficial pull-offs along the stream.

Parking Areas
  • Parking area 1. From the village of McDonough take State Highway 220 east to Creek Road. Go south on Creek road for approximately one mile, parking area is on west side.
  • Parking area 2. From above, continue south on Creek Road 1.5 miles to next parking area.
  • Parking area 3. From above, go west on Creek Road to intersection with State Highway 220. Take 220 south 1.75 miles to art lake road. Go east on Art Lake Road around 400 yards to parking area.
  • Parking area 4. From above, go back to State Highway 220 and then head south 1.7 miles to parking area.

Genegantslet Creek Public Fishing Rights Brochure (490 kB PDF)

Fish Species

Brown trout, brook trout, walleye, chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, fall fish, and white sucker.

General Fishing Information

As the Genegantslet nears the Chenango River, it becomes a cool or warmwater fishery, with walleye, chain pickerel and smallmouth bass replacing trout. A section Genegantslet Creek is open to trout fishing year-round. Anglers have the opportunity to fish this section during the winter and early spring. When fishing during these cold water periods, concentrate on the deeper holes, fish slowly and keep lures near bottom. Sometimes fishing during the mid-day period after things have had a chance to warm up a little also helps. Please view Fishing for Stream Trout for more advice on trout fishing.


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

Fisheries Management

The stream is stocked with approximately 5,000 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 250 two year-old brown trout (12-14").