New York Power Auhority logo




Power Authority Reservoirs Reopened for Recreational Boating

Steve Ramsey

April 10, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reopened the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Thursday, April 9, to recreational boaters.

Boats and boat trailers accessing both reservoirs must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit. Applications for permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s web page: Permits will be valid through Sept. 30, when the reservoirs will be closed to boating until the following April.

The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, will be open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permit holders are required to call 1-800-FOR-NYPA (1-800-367-6972), extension 6364 on the day before they intend to use the upper reservoir. On the day they use the reservoir, boaters must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel.

Advance notice is not required to use the lower reservoir. The lower reservoir may be accessed through Mine Kill State Park on Route 30. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes each day. The park will be open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May; afterward, it will remain open until dusk.

Boating on the upper reservoir is restricted to recreational craft—rowboats and canoes—with or without electric trolling motors. Gasoline-powered engines are permitted on the lower reservoir. The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.   For more information,

Return to Press Center