Glimmerglass State Park overlooks beautiful Otsego Lake, nicknamed "Glimmerglass" by James Fenimore Cooper in his Leatherstocking Tales. Open year-round, each season brings a multitude of outdoor recreational activities for visitors to the park. During your visit, take time to tour Hyde Hall, a beautiful 50 room country house. Please note an entrance fee may apply.
Rental facilities available includes picnic pavilion, two new conference rooms (up to 150 people).
Recreational Activities at Glimmerglass State Park
- Cross Country Skiing
Tubing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing are also available in the winter.
Fishing on Otsego Lake
Otsego Lake is 7.8 miles long and offers 20.3 miles of shoreline. Lake trout, walleye and perch are the popular species for fishermen, and the lake supports an underfished smallmouth bass fishery. Annual stocks include approximately 5,000 brown trout (8-10" in length) and 40,000-80,000 walleye (2-3" in length). Bi-annual stocks include 5,000 lake trout (8-9" in length) and 5,000 landlocked atlantic salmon (5-6" in length). Ice fishing is permitted. Please note there is a daily limit of 1 brown trout, 1 landlocked salmon, and 1 lake trout.
A state boat launch with ramp is located on the south end of the lake off of Lake Street in Cooperstown. At Glimmerglass State Park a car top launch is located on the northeast side of the lake.
Over 45 species of fish can be found in Otsego Lake, including, but not limited to:
- Rainbow Trout
- Atlantic Salmon
- Brown Trout
- Brook Trout
- Lake Trout
- Rock Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Yellow Perch
- numerous species of Shiners
Hiking the Sleeping Lion Trail at Glimmerglass State Park
Seen from the south, Mount Wellington, on the eastern shore of Otsego Lake, is said to resemble a sleeping lion. The loop trail that climbs it from Glimmerglass State Park offers a lovely forested walk through majestic white pines, hemlocks, and hardwoods. In addition to this trail, the park offers cross-country ski trails and other recreational facilities.
The entrance to Glimmerglass State Park is on County Highway 31, 4.3 miles south of US Highway 20 and 8 miles north of Cooperstown. After the entrance booth, drive .7 miles, passing a service road on the right, and park on the left. To reach the trailhead, return to the service road, pass the gate, and bear left of the road, toward Hyde Hall. The trailhead is on the right.
Hiking Trail Information
The Sleeping Lion Trail, about 2.5 miles long, is marked with orange paint blazes. It climbs moderately steeply through the hemlock forest and then levels out along the shoulder of the mountain. (The summit is on private land.) Parts of the trail are quite wet, even in the summer; boots are recommended. This is also a good trail for snowshoeing. The descent on the west site of the mountain offers views of Otsego Lake through the trees. The trail comes out on a road just west of Hyde Hall. Turn left on this road, passing Hyde Hall on the way back to the parking lot.