Dorchester Park

PLEASE NOTE: 

The Broome County Parks Department has closed the Dorchester Park Beach due to a possible algae bloom.

The Parks Department made this decision late Tuesday afternoon as a protective measure. The public will be notified when the waterfront has been reopened.

Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as we go through this process of ensuring our visitors safety! Nathaniel Cole Park and Greenwood Park beaches remain open! Boathouse at Dorchester Park will remain open as well!

Posted 7/27/2022


Beach and Boathouse will be open 7-days a week from Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day! 

Beach Hours: 11:00am-7:30pm     Boathouse: 11:00am-7:30pm *Last boat rental at 6:30pm

*Hours may vary and are subject to change due to weather or staffing* 

The Park Remains Open, Year-Round. Hours: 8:00am-Dusk! 

WHITNEY POINT LAKE AT WHITNEY POINT NY - USGS Water Data for the Nation 


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 for many special events including 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-holiday 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.
  • Dorchester Park is a participant in the Broome County Hiking Challenge 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 
Per Hour
Per Day
Paddle Boats/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 ONLY*) $20.00 $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)
  • Boat Rentals are available from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. -Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. (Hours may vary) 
  • Note: Last rental is at 6:30 p.m.-Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
  • Boat Rentals are Cash Only! 
  • Park Information

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


Swimming: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day

  • White sand beach; open 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (hours may vary)
  • Swimmers' and non-swimmers' section 
  • Certified lifeguards
  • Changing areas with showers and restrooms
  • Park Information 

Fishing

  • Fish for pike, bass and panfish
  • Fish from shore, inlet, or rental boats

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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