Power Authority to Reopen Upper Reservoir for Fishing

Steve Ramsey
1-800-724-0309 or
518-287-6000 ext 6380

May 26, 2004


NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority has reopened the upper reservoir at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project to boaters who obtain and display special permits on their boats and boat trailers.

Applications for permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s web page, The reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, is open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 30. 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 reservoir. On the day they use the reservoir, boaters must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel.

The lower reservoir remains closed to boating, but shoreline fishing off Mine Kill State Park is permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes each day.  

Upper reservoir boating is restricted to recreational craft -- rowboats and canoes -- with or without electric trolling motors, which are clearly marked with New York State registration numbers and a NYPA permit. Gasoline-powered engines are not permitted.

The reservoir may be closed at any time due to increased threat level as determined by Power Authority corporate security officials.