New York Power Authority To
Reopen Reservoirs for Fishing
April 12, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority will
reopen the upper and lower reservoirs at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Power project to boaters who obtain and display special
permits on their boats and boat trailers.
Permits for recreational boating will be good
beginning (April 1) until September 30. Both reservoirs are closed
to boating the rest of the year.
Applications for permits may be obtained by calling
1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s web page,
The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in
the Town of Gilboa, is open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
through September 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 may be accessed through Mine
Kill State Park on Route 30. Boating is permitted from 7:30 a.m.
until the park closes each day. Until the first weekend in May, the
park closes each day at 4 p.m. Therefore, it is open until dusk.
Boating on the upper reservoir 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 permitted on the lower
The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time
due to increased threat level as determined by Power Authority
corporate security officials.
■ 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
plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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