Family Activities:

Otsego Lake


It’s hardly a stretch to say Otsego Lake is the primary reason why families venture to Cooperstown. While there’s plenty to do and see in in this beautiful section of New York, Otsego Lake is its golden egg. Nine miles of pristine shoreline and crystal-clear water are two unforgettable details about the lake, and with plenty of places along the way to stop and enjoy the view, families can expect an amazing experience.

Being roughly one mile wide and nearly 160 feet deep in places, Otsego Lake is a wonderful location for a family fishing trip. With an abundance of different fish, including large and smallmouth bass, salmon, trout, brown trout and more, the fish on Otsego Lake are always biting. And for those kids creeped out by the idea of slimy worms, the glass-like water along the shoreline is perfect for swimming and relaxing!

Though Otsego Lake is beautiful year-round, families will most enjoy the summer months, when family-oriented activities and events can be found on and off the lake. A trip to Glimmerglass State Park on Otsego’s shoreline provides for excellent camping, and the scenery is simply breathtaking.

Families looking for a little outside entertainment on the lake are invited to look into the Glimmerglass Festival, a season-long arrangement of different operas located at The Alice Busch Opera Theater, which borders the lake.