Free Boat Rentals Available During NYS Free Fishing Weekend

Bring your fishing pole, rent a boat for free. That’s the deal at Broome County Parks this weekend as part of New York State’s Free Fishing Weekend. Any visitor that shows up to Nathaniel Cole Park, Dorchester Park, or Greenwood Park with their own fishing pole will be able to get a free hour-long boat rental. Rowboats, canoes, and paddle boats will be available as part of this deal Saturday and Sunday.

New York State has four free fishing events each year in which participants do not need a fishing license as a way to encourage people to try out the sport. All other freshwater fishing regulations remain in effect. Visitors to County parks this weekend will still need to put down the standard boat deposit; after the first hour, regular hourly rental rates will apply. Only cash is accepted. Fishing may also take place from the shore of any park waterway with the exception of 100 feet away from swimming and boat house areas.

Boat Rentals



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Paddle Boats/Kayaks




*Senior (60+) /Veteran Rowboats/Canoes




Publish Date
June 23, 2021