UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced that the Hinckley Reservoir boat-launching ramp will be closing for the season, effective Monday, September 23, 2013.
NYPA will also remove the directional and warning buoys at the boat launch, by the power dam spillway and other areas in the vicinity of its Gregory B. Jarvis Hydroelectric Power Plant, a small 9,000-kilowatt facility that straddles Oneida and Herkimer counties.
The reopening of the Hinckley Reservoir boat-launching ramp is planned for May 2014, before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The date will be announced next spring.
Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, the boat launch was first opened to the public in 1985. NYPA built it as a recreational benefit in connection with the construction of the Jarvis plant.
The launch consists of concrete planks extending 200 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters. NYPA also provides parking spaces for cars and boat trailers, and a turnaround area in the launch area.
The Jarvis plant, which features two turbine-generators, began operating in 1986 and is named in honor of an astronaut from the Mohawk Valley who was killed that year aboard the space shuttle, Challenger.
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