Welcome to Greater Binghamton’s Great Outdoors!
Our vast and varying landscape holds something for every outdoor enthusiast. Forests as far as the eye can see, rivers teaming with fish, scenic streams and quiet lakes can all be found within our county’s borders. It is this unique geography coupled with a strong commitment to the environment that provides an abundance of wildlife against a perfect backdrop for either relaxation or adventure. Whether you’re a serious sportsman or just looking to get away with family and friends, Greater Binghamton’s great outdoors is wildlife at its best!
There are more than 9,000 acres of State Forest Land in Greater Binghamton, providing plenty of space to hunt and bountiful game. Hunting is permitted on state forestlands and private property with the permission of the landowner. In addition to these, the Whitney Point Reservoir, which is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, provides both excellent hunting and fishing opportunities. Types of game found here include white-tailed deer, turkey, pheasant, grouse, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and migratory birds.
When it comes to fishing, Greater Binghamton is sure to please every angler. There are 50 miles of trout streams and 89 miles of warm water rivers and streams. The Chenango River offers excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass. The lower half of the river is wide and shallow enough for wading, with pockets of deep pools. A variety of fish can be found in the Susquehanna River, from small-mouth bass to tiger musky. Its slow moving water is ideal for small watercraft. The scenic Tioughnioga and Otselic Rivers are easily accessible and provide great fishing for walleye and small-mouth bass. The Delaware River is widely known for its fly-fishing heritage, trout population (both native and stocked) and unique strain of rainbow trout. This famed river flows along the eastern border of our county. Peaceful streams weave their way through forests and fields providing excellent fishing. Families will delight in the fishing opportunities in our State Parks and flood control ponds that allow easy access for seniors and children. Whether you’re looking for a quiet stream to wade in or a site to launch your boat, you’ll find it in Greater Binghamton.
For more information on obtaining your New York State hunting or fishing license (resident or non-resident), please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at www.dec.state.ny.us or call their regional office at 1-800-388-8244.
For information on NYSDEC’s automated licensing system, call: 1-866-NYDECALS (or 1-866-933-2257).
Note: licenses are also available, where indicated, at the merchants listed above. And, if you prefer, you may obtain your license at the office of any municipality throughout Greater Binghamton.
For a complete list of New York State licensed guides in Region 7, visit the New York State Outdoor Guide Association Website: www.nysoga. com, or call 1-866-469-7642.
Rules and Regulations:
You are required to observe all rules and regulations as set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. (Note: Greater Binghamton is located in Region 7, Southern Zone in New York State.) To report game take, to learn hunting and fishing seasons and all other rules and regulations, please visit the NYSDEC website at www.dec.state.ny.us or call their regional office at 1-800-388-8244. To report poachers or polluters contact TIPP (Turn in Poachers & Polluters): (800) TIPP DEC or (800) 847-7332.
Courtesy to Landowners: Remember to always ask landowners for their permission before going on private property for ANY PURPOSE!
These local hunting and fishing outfitters can get you ready for field and stream: (Note: In addition to providing gear to outdoorsmen and women, these merchants, where indicated, are also sources for Licenses and Guide Service)
Dick’s Sporting Goods
347 Court Street, Binghamton
2433 Vestal Parkway E., Vestal
The Sportsmen’s Den
9 Railroad, Whitney Point
Timber Creek Sportsman Shop
1 Pumphouse Road, Vestal
Guide Service Available
2405 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal