Nathaniel Cole Park

 PLEASE NOTE: Nathaniel Cole Park beach and boat rentals are open until Labor Day weekend in September 2, 2019. The Park remains open, year-round.

Nathaniel Cole Park is named after a Revolutionary War veteran who settled with his family in 1795 in the area that eventually came to be called Cole's Hill.  With his son, Nathaniel Cole, Jr., he built a tavern on the corner of what is now Farm-To-Market Road and Watrous Road. The tavern, in operation as early as 1800, became a stopping place for the stage coach en route from Binghamton to Albany. Part of the land once owned by Nathaniel Cole became the Broome County Park that bears his name.

Cole Park boasts a beautiful 53-acre lake and twin arcs of white sand, the largest protected beach in the Broome County Parks system. A 1.25 mile trail encircles the lake. Two picnic areas, four picnic shelters, playgrounds boat rentals, great fishing and more make Nathaniel Cole one of our finest parks. A concession stand sells hot dogs, beverages, candy, ice cream, bagged ice and more, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Organized Youth Groups may request a permit to use the park's Youth Group Camping Area for rustic camping. (Call 607-778-2193 at least one week in advance.)

Online reservations for picnic shelters:

For more information, call 607.693.1389

Find us on facebook!


  • Picnicking
  • Open and shaded areas
  • Tables and grills
  • Water taps and fountains
  • Restrooms
  • Playfields
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Playground equipment
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Four picnic shelters, 100 person capacity, available by reservation online ( - For information, call 607.778.2193.  Shelter rental rates are $90.00 on weekends/holidays, with a reduced rate of $30.00 on non-holiday weekdays.
  • Food Concession

Swimming: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day

  • White sand beach; 11:00am - 7:30pm (hours may vary)
  • Certified lifeguards
  • Changing areas with showers
  • Restrooms
  • Coin operated lockers


  • No private boats are allowed on Nathaniel Cole Lake. (Private boats may be launched at Dorchester Park or Grippen Park)
  • Rental boats are available from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (hours may vary).
  • ID required for all boat rentals 
  • Boat Rentals are CASH only 

Boat Rentals

BoatDepositPer HourPer Day
Paddle Boats/Kayaks$20.00$8.00N/A
*Senior Citizen(age 60+) /Veteran Rowboats$10.00$3.00$10.00

*Veterans must present the Broome County Veteran ID card to receive discount. More information may be found here.


  • Fish for small mouth bass and panfish from the shore or from rented boats

 Nature Trail

  • Circle the lake on 1.25 miles of scenic trail that offers beautiful views of the lake.
  • Participant in the Wegman's "Passport to Family Wellness" program

Cole Park Trail Map and Amenities (pdf)

Youth Group Camping

  • Group camping, by organized youth groups, (e.g. church youth groups, schools, YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) is permitted.
  • Groups must secure a permit at least one week prior to the date requested.
  • Please call 607.778.2193 to request additional information or a permit. Please call at least one week prior to you planned arrival date.


Directions to Nathaniel Cole Park