Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

May 24, 2024

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New York State Parks Adds Accessible Kayak Launch to Glimmerglass State Park

Project creates safe and accessible place to launch kayaks and car-top boats onto Otsego Lake

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced the opening of a new accessible kayak launch at Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown. The $50,000 project provides the public, including people with mobility challenges, access to recreational kayaking and car-top size boating on Otsego Lake.

"This kayak launch illustrates the commitment of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to making our parks and historic sites accessible to all New Yorkers, regardless of background or physical ability," said State Parks Central Region Director Duane B. Owens.

Kayaks and canoes can be difficult to get in and out of due to their instability. The new dock provides an overhead grab bar to enhance stability for people while entering and exiting the vessel. The launch, located near the park beach, includes a hinged ramp in the water to better hold the vessel in place before launching, as well as a low-scale stair that will allow wheelchair users to lower themselves into the boat.

Senator Peter Oberacker said, "Local outdoor enthusiasts, along with those who travel to Otsego County to enjoy our celebrated waterways and terrific fishing, will benefit from the new boat launch at Glimmerglass State Park. Canoeists, kayakers, and others have always enjoyed paddling on Otsego Lake, and I am extremely pleased that state officials are responding to requests to increase access for those of all abilities. Special thanks to State Parks Central Region Director Duane Owens for responding to our local sportspeople who have been strong advocates for this project."    

Shawn Wood, park manager at Glimmerglass State Park, said, "The accessible kayak launch is a part of Glimmerglass State Park's ongoing commitment to fostering inclusivity and promoting outdoor recreation for everyone. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the new ADA kayak launch."

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which saw a record 84 million visits in 2023. For more information on any of these recreation areas, visit, download the free NY State Parks Explorer app or call 518.474.0456. Join us in celebrating our Centennial throughout 2024, and connect with us on FacebookInstagramX (formerly Twitter) and the OPRHP Blog.