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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation’s leading provider of outdoor recreation with over 400 lake and river projects in 43 states and more than 250 million visits per year. Please be careful in and around the water because even strong swimmers drown. Check out this website to find valuable tips and resources that could save your life or the life of someone you care about. 

Project Overview

Whitney Point Lake is one of 13 Corps of Engineers reservoir projects in the Susquehanna River watershed. The reservoir is located on the Otselic River in Broome County, New York, and controls a drainage area of 255 square miles. It is primarily operated for flood control, but is also used for recreation and upland wildlife management.  The project provides flood damage reduction for the valley along the lower Tioughnioga River, the lower Chenango River, and the Susquehanna River downstream of Binghamton.

LOCATION:  Whitney Point Lake is located on the Otselic River in Broome County, N.Y. The dam forming the lake is three-quarters of a mile above the village of Whitney Point, where the Otselic River flows into the Tioughnioga River. About 9 miles below Whitney Point, the Tioughnioga empties into the Chenango River which in turn flows into the Susquehanna River at Binghamton, N.Y., 20 miles below the damsite.

AUTHORIZATION:  The project is a unit of the comprehensive flood control plan for the protection of communities in southern New York and eastern Pennsylvania authorized by the Flood Control Act of June 22, 1936, as amended by the Flood Control Act of June 28, 1938, and is described in House Document No. 702, 77th Congress, second session. 

FACILITIES:  The recreational facilities are operated by the Broome County Department of Parks, Dorchester Park.  Dorchester Park is a day use facility with no entrance fee.  The park has picnic facilities, restrooms, water taps and fountains, two 100-person picnic shelters, and a swimming beach with certified lifeguards and changing areas.  Boats are allowed on the lake but they are limited to a 25 hp motor and a maximum speed of 10 m.p.h. Unfortunately, these speeds do not allow for water skiing.  Dorchester Park rents canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, sailboats and kayaks for a fee.

Recreation is offered Memorial Day to Labor Day annually.  The beach and boat ramp is open through October. Boat launch remains open until lake freezes and then allows access for Ice Fishing during winter months.

 For more information call: 607-692-4612  or click here for the Dorchester Parks' webpage.

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