Power Authority Reopens Lower Reservoir for Recreational Boating

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Samantha Clark
(800) 724-0309

April 15, 2014


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has reopened the lower reservoir at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project for recreational boating. The upper reservoir will reopen soon, once the majority of accumulated ice has melted.

Rowboats and canoes, with or without electric-trolling motors, and gas-powered boats are permitted on the lower reservoir.

Use of the upper reservoir is restricted to rowboats, canoes and kayaks, with or without electric motors. Gas-powered engines and sailboats are prohibited.

Public fishing access along the Schoharie Creek shoreline, just below the lower reservoir, is currently closed due to nearby construction. It is expected to reopen on June 1.

Reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion. Boats and boat trailers must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit. Permit applications, valid through September 30, may be obtained by calling the Blenheim-Gilboa project visitors center at 800-724-0309.

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

The upper reservoir, on Kingsley Road in the town of Gilboa, when opened, will be available for boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permit holders must give advance notice the day before by calling 800-367-6972, extension 6364, and check in with security personnel at the South Gate on Valenti Road upon arrival.

About NYPA:

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