Connecting People with that land that sustains us

 

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Explore Deowongo by paddling Canadarago LakeExplore Deowongo by paddling Canadarago Lake

Otsego Land Trust protects healthy lands and clean waters by working with private landowners to conserve land into perpetuity and by acquiring lands through donations and grants that we can open to the public. 

We understand a simple truth: when people connect with the land and water, they will care for them more deeply and be more responsible for assuring that they are protected now and for future generations.

OLT’s program of land acquisition is focused on the specific goal of encouraging meaningful connection to land and water through providing public access to special places. Our Blueway project accomplishes this goal.

Otsego Land Trust Blueway is a series of OLT owned and protected places that provide fishing, hiking, paddling, bird watching, and educational opportunities from Canadarago Lake to the Susquehanna River including Brookwood Point on Otsego Lake.

PLEASE NOTE:

*Brookwood Point Grand Re-opening May 20 2017.*

The Blueway Project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and New York's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The New York State Conservation Partnership Program is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Funding was also provided by the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Department of Environmental Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition.

Visit the following conservation areas along the Blueway Trail:

OLT’s conservation areas along the Blueway are free and open for your outdoor recreational and educational enjoyment. You can hike, bird watch, paddle, fish, or just relax and enjoy the peace of nature around you. Please, always strive to have as little impact on the land as possible. Practice "Leave No Trace" principles and be respectful of the land, native plants and animals, and other people.

For your safety and enjoyment, please observe these rules when visiting Otsego Land Trust’s Blueway sites:

  • Hours are from dawn to dusk.

  • Be considerate of other visitors and of adjoining property owners and wildlife by keeping noise levels to a minimum. Do Not Trespass.

  • Dogs must always be kept in full control by their owners and not allowed to chase wildlife or intimidate other visitors. Clean up after your pet.

  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on roadways and in designated parking areas.

  • Camping and fires are prohibited.

  • Do not remove or destroy plants, wildlife or artifacts.

  • Scientific collecting or placement of research devices require site specific authorization except for Otsego Land Trust personnel conducting management activities.

  • Swimming is not permitted.

  • No target shooting or paintball shooting is allowed.

  • Stay on marked trails.

  • Riding bicycles or horses is allowed only on trails specifically marked for such uses.

  • Please contact the Land Trust prior to visits by organized groups greater than 10 people.

  • Littering, dumping, placement/storage of personal property, or release of any plants, animals, substances, or materials is prohibited.  Placement of geocaches is allowed by permission only.

  • Trapping and hunting are restricted to some site specific Conservation Areas and written permission is required.

Always be aware of natural hazards such as hanging trees or branches, cliffs, steep slopes, loose shale, slippery rocks, or other unstable footing.

Be prepared for the outdoors: bring a map; carry sufficient water and food; wear footwear and clothing appropriate for the terrain and weather conditions; watch for harmful plants such as poison ivy and giant hogweed; and check for ticks.

Contact the Land Trust to provide management suggestions, report problems, offer to volunteer, or make a donation to support our work: (607)547-2366 or info@otsegolandtrust.org

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

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Location: Canadarago Lake, Richfield Springs, New York
Protected: October 2012
Status: Open for public access

Deowongo Island is the only island in Canadarago Lake.  Located in north central Otsego County, Canadarago Lake is the second largest lake the county. Oaks Creek drains from Canadarago Lake, meandering approximately 15-miles to where it meets the Susquehanna River at OLT's Compton Bridge access site.

Well known by locals and visitors, Deowongo Island is an iconic regional treasure that has a unique cultural and ecological history.  Native Americans, traders, fishermen, botanists and tourists frequented the island and Canadarago Lake, once a popular travel route from the Mohawk Valley.


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Location: 127 Parslow Road, Oaksville, New York
Conservation Area: Oaks Creek
Protected: April 2012

Parslow Road Conservation Area, located on the northern edge of Oaksville along Oaks Creek, encircles 86 acres of mostly state and federal designated wetlands.  Parslow runs a half mile along Oaks Creek, a designated trout stream. This site also includes almost a half of mile of a former railroad track, which will make a good walking trail. Parslow Road offers ample parking and a maintained trail from the parking lot to creek-side.  This trail is 900' so paddlers be aware of the need to portage your craft that distance.

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Oaks Creek Conservation Area

Location: 7202 State Highway 28, Schuyler Lake, New York
Conservation Area: Oaks Creek
Protected: August 2010

Oaks Creek Conservation Area is located along its namesake between Schuyler Lake and Oaksville. This 28-acre parcel encompasses state and federal designated wetlands and runs a half mile along Oaks Creek, a designated trout stream. Wetland habitats include beaver ponds and floodplain forests, making it an ideal environment for wildlife. We plan to begin developing trails in this conservation area in the near future.  Currently, access is from stream-side only.



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Location: 302 Roses Hill Road, Richfield, New York
Conservation Area: Panther Mountain
Protected: August 2011

Siblings, Judy and Dan Fetterley, donated the 106-acre Fetterley Forest, which had been in the family since 1867. The Fetterleys made the donation in memory of their parents, Ray and Mary Fetterley, with the dream of opening the property to the community.  Located on the high point of Panther Mountain, Fetterley Forest is on the ridge that runs east of Canadarago Lake and Oaks Creek. With panoramic views of Canadarago Lake and Deowongo Island, Fetterley Forest is a great place to explore a working forest that has been sustainably harvested for generations.  OLT maintains two ecologically diverse and scenic trails at Fetterley for your strolling pleasure.

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Location: Greenough Road, Cooperstown, New York
Conservation Area: Oaks Creek
Protected: March 2011

Motivated to protect 16-acres along Oaks Creek, Bob and Marcy Birch put a conservation easement on the Greenough Road parcel with Otsego Land Trust, who partnered with The Nature Conservancy to protect this site. The Birch family also worked with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to open this site to the public for fishing, hiking, and paddling. Greenough Road Conservation Area currently has an established trail and access to Oaks Creek. Oaks Creek is a designated trout stream.  Parking is along the road and paddlers should be prepared carry craft about 375' to creek-side.


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Location: 184 County Highway 11C, Cooperstown, New York
Conservation Area: Upper Susquehanna River & Oak Creek
Protected: August 2008

Strategically positioned at the confluence of Oaks Creek and the Susquehanna River, Compton Bridge Conservation Area is now open for hiking, fishing, canoeing and exploring. This 3-acre parcel may be small, but offers a quarter of mile of frontage along the Susquehanna River for fishing and paddling access.  Otsego Land Trust completed this public access site in partnership with the Department of New York State Environmental Conservation, Upper Susquehanna Coalition and Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. The site offers parking and a short trail from parking to the launch area.  

 

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