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Description - Whitney Point Lake is one of 13 Corps of Engineers reservoir projects in the Susquehanna River watershed. 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.

Attractions - 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 mph. Unfortunately, these speeds do not allow for water skiing. Dorchester Park rents canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, sailboats and kayaks for a fee.

Recreation - Recreational Activities at whitney Point Lake include Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Water Sports,and Wildlife Viewing

Climate - New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat.

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.

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Contact Information:
Whitney Point Lake, P.O. Box 706 , Whitney Point, NY, 13862-0706, Phone: (607) 692-3165

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