Dorchester Park

PLEASE NOTE: Dorchester Park Beach and Boat Rental will reopen Memorial Day weekend- Labor Day. The Park remains open, year-round. The NY State boat launch is available typically until some time in November. 

The easy access of the launching area to a 1,200 acre reservoir has made Dorchester the small boat haven of Broome County. Rental boats are available, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, or bring your own. Boating, plus the many other outstanding facilities of this beautiful waterside park, truly offer something for the entire family. Dorchester is the site of the Almost-Annual Crappie Derby ice fishing contest, and the Annual Broome County Parks Triathlon.

For more information, call 607.692.4612.

Facilities 

  • Picnicking
  • Open and shaded grounds
  • Tables and grills
  • Water taps and fountains
  • Playfield
  • Playground equipment
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Restrooms
  • Three Picnic shelters-100 person capacity, available by reservation. Make online reservations at reserveamerica.com. - call 607.778.2193.  Shelter rental rates are $90.00 on weekends/holidays, along with a reduced rate of $30.00 on non-holday weekdays. A $5 transaction fee is applied to all reservations.
  • Two-mile paved walking/biking path; participant in the Wegman's "Passport to Family Wellness" program.
  • Volleyball nets
  • Youth Group Camping Area for organized youth groups; call 607.778.2193 for information or a permit. Please call at least one week in advance of your planned arrival. 

Boating

Boat
Deposit (rental fee taken out of deposit)
Per Hour
Per Day
Paddle boards/Kayaks $20.00 $8.00 NA
Sailboats $20.00 $8.00 $30.00
Stand-Up Paddle boards $20.00 $8.00 NA
Rowboats/Canoes $20.00 $5.00 $20.00
Sr. Citizen(age 60+) /Veteran Rowboat/Canoe* $10.00 $3.00 $10.00
  • 1,200 acre reservoir
  • New York State boat launch
  • Parking for 70 cars and trailers
  • Motors with 25 hp or less permitted (max 10 mph)
  • Rental boats are available from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. (Hours may vary)

* Veterans must present the Broome County Veteran ID card at the park to receive discount.


Swimming

  • White sand beach; open 11:00am - 7:30pm, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day (hours may vary)
  • Certified lifeguards
  • Changing areas

Fishing

  • Fish for pike, bass and panfish
  • Fish from shore, inlet, or rental boats
  • Ice fishing permitted, pending safe ice conditions.

Youth Group Camping

  • Group camping, by organized youth groups, (e.g. church youth groups, schools, YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) is permitted.
  • To secure a permit, or request additional information, call 607.778.2193. Please call for a permit at least one week prior to the date requested

Brochure

Click below for more about Dorchester Park and what it has to offer. View maps of the park layout and the lake area, with depths, fish species present, and more.

Dorchester Park Brochure


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