NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Reopens Reservoirs for Recreational Boating

For Immediate Release: 04/20/17


Samantha Van Ness | samantha.vanness@nypa.gov | (800) 724-0309

NORTH BLENHEIM—The lower and upper reservoirs at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project are now open to the public for the summer season.

Use of the upper reservoir is limited to rowboats, canoes and kayaks only—with or without electric-trolling motors. Gasoline-powered engines and sailboats are prohibited on the upper reservoir, however, they may be used on the lower reservoir.

The public fishing access along the Schoharie Creek, just below the lower reservoir, is also currently open.

For access to the upper reservoir, boaters are required to stop at the south gate on Valenti Road after 7 a.m. on the day you intend to use the upper reservoir.  All boats must be off the reservoir promptly by 5 p.m. Shoreline fishing closes at dusk. Daily inspections of the reservoir will be performed by NYPA security.

For access to the lower reservoir, boaters are required to stop at Minekill State Park’s toll booth or the park office on the day you intend to use the lower reservoir. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until one hour before the park closes. The park will be open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May; afterward, it will remain open until dusk.

The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.

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