NYPA Press Release

N. Y. Power Authority Announces Seasonal Closing of Hinckley Reservoir Boat-Launching Ramp

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Mario Roefaro

September 6, 2018


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced that the Hinckley Reservoir boat-launching ramp will be closing for the season, effective Wednesday, September 12th.

NYPA will also remove the directional and warning buoys at the boat launch, and by the power dam spillway and other areas in the vicinity of its Gregory B. Jarvis Power Plant, a small 9,000-kilowatt hydroelectric facility that straddles Oneida and Herkimer counties.

The reopening of the Hinckley Reservoir boat-launching ramp is planned for May 2019, before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, the boat launch was first opened to the public in 1985. NYPA built it as a recreational benefit in connection with the construction of the Jarvis Power Plant.    

The launch consists of concrete planks extending 200 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters.  NYPA also provided for parking spaces for cars and boat trailers and a turnaround area.   

The Jarvis Power Plant, which features two turbine-generators, began operating in 1986 and is named in honor of an astronaut from the Mohawk Valley who was killed that year aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

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■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.