Explore Otsego County's Lakes and Waterways by Boat
Home to three lakes, including Otsego Lake, Canadarago Lake, and Goodyear Lake, as well as countless rivers, streams and ponds, Cooperstown and Otsego County offer ample opportunity for enjoying a day on the lake or out on the water, whether canoeing, kayaking, or simply floating carefree under the sun.
If you can't bring your own boat or paddling equipment, the region offers a variety of boat rentals including canoes and kayaks, as well as motor boats. Take a look at all of the region's rentals below, as well as our featured paddling route traveling from Milford to the Crumhorn boat launch.
Canoeing on the Susquehanna
The Susquehanna River begins its 440-mile journey to the Chesapeake Bay at the outlet of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Here at the river's headwaters in Otsego County, you'll find choice opportunities for canoeing and kayaking in a bucolic setting rich in native flora and fauna.
Feature Paddling Route: Milford to Crumhorn (6 miles)
Route Put-In Site
From New York State Highway 28 in the village of Milford, turn east at the traffic light onto State Highway 166. Drive 0.7 miles to a parking area on the north side of the road, on the west side of the river.
Route Take-Out Site
From the put-in site, continue east on New York State Highway 166 another 0.3 miles and turn right on County Highway 35. Turn right at the next intersection and continue south on County Highway 35 for four miles to the Crumhorn Public Boat Launch on the left.
After the put-in point, the water will move along at a good pace, but will slow as you near the dam that forms Goodyear Lake several miles downstream. After six miles of easy paddling, you will pass several riverside cottages on the left. Shortly after these, there will be a narrow-necked entrance to a cove on the river's left – this leads to the Crumhorn State Boat Launch and take-out point.