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East Branch of Owego Creek

The East Branch of Owego Creek is located in Cortland and Tioga counties. This small partially open stream begins in Cortland County just south of Dryden and then flows for 27 miles to it's confluence with the West Branch of Owego Creek near Flemingville. The East and West Branch then combine to form Owego Creek.

Public Access

There are 5.3 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR's) along the stream and three official PFR parking areas.

Parking Area

  • Michigan Hill State Forest. From Dryden take Route 38 south 9 miles to Michigan Hill State Forest. Parking area access road is on left side.
  • Route 38 From Michigan Hill State Forest parking area continue south on Route 38 for 1.5 miles to parking area on left.
  • Route 79 From Route 38 parking area continue south on Route 38 for 1.2 miles and turn left onto Route 79. Parking area is .2 miles.

East Branch of Owego Creek Public Fishing Rights Brochure and Map (570 kB PDF)

Fish Species

Brown trout, brook trout, white sucker, and fall fish.

General Fishing Information

The main gamefish found in the stream are stocked brown trout and the occasional wild brook trout. Most of the fishing pressure takes place on the stream during early spring shortly after the trout are stocked. All of the stream is open to trout fishing year-round, so anglers have the option of fishing during the winter and early spring. When fishing during these cold water periods, concentrate on the deeper holes, fish slowly, and keep baits near bottom. Sometimes fishing during the mid-day period when things have had a chance to warm up also helps.


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

Fisheries Management

The East Branch of Owego Creek is stocked annually with around 6,600 one year-old brown trout (8-9") and 950 two year-old brown trout (12-15").