DEC Proposes Update to Public Fishing and Access Rights

Please read the proposed draft in the link below.  You have an opportunity to voice your opinion.

This draft update to the program policy is intended to address the need for additional guidance regarding the public rights of navigation and fishing on navigable waters of the United States. As such, this document will serve as General Counsel Policy with respect to the public right of navigation and fishing on navigable waters within the State for use by NYS DEC staff and the general public, but will no longer be considered enforcement guidance for NYS DEC staff. The draft Program Policy has been published and is available for public review and comment. The full text and a pdf printable version can be found at:

Written comments will be accepted by mail or email until 5:00 p.m. on June 14, 2024. Please include “Comment on draft OGC-9: Public Rights of Navigation and Fishing” in the subject line.