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March 20, 2014

State to add boat launch to Goodyear Lake

A boat launch allowing fishing access to Goodyear Lake is among 50 new outdoor access projects proposed by the governor last week as part of his NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative. 

The proposal released by the governor’s office details projects that range from adding trails and signs to existing sites, to opening up previously untouched areas for public use. Four local sites are among the proposed projects. 

At the Susquehanna State Forest in the town of Milford, the proposal includes creating a new boat launch to provide access to the Upper Susquehanna River and Goodyear Lake. 

In 2011, a launch site on private land north of Colliersville was closed to the public, removing the only access point to the south end of Goodyear Lake. 

The state is providing $175,000 for the project. 

A second project will add a handicapped-accessible trail and fishing platform at Goodyear Lake, and will expand the parking area and improve signage. 

Other local projects include handicapped-accessible parking at the Colliersville Fishing Access site, and handicapped-accessible facilities at Looking Glass Pond in the town of Fulton, in Schoharie County. 

According to a media release from the governor’s office, the sites combined will permit access to 380,000 acres of land and allow for more than $6 million in projects. 

“Expanding access to more of the beautiful lands that New York has to offer will open recreational opportunities that for too long have not been available to our residents and tourists,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the release. “These projects will enrich the outdoor activity offerings, improve the quality of life in our communities, and position New York state as a recreation destination.”

The proposal aims to create and improve access for hunting, boating, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities at the specified sites. Many projects will make trails and launches available to persons with disabilities for the first time.

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