Boat Launch Closed at Hinckley Reservoir Due to Low Water Levels

Maura Balaban
(914) 390-8171

August 6, 2012


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today closed its boat launch at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir due to low water levels that make conditions unsafe for boat launching.  The nearby canoe and kayak launch area will remain open.

NYPA will continue to monitor the reservoir until the water depth returns to safe levels for launching, at which point the reopening of the boat launch will be announced.

Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, the boat launch was first opened by NYPA in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with the Power Authority’s construction of the Gregory B. Jarvis Power Project.   

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 project, 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.

About NYPA:

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