Power Authority Opens Lower Reservoir to Gas-Powered Engines and Sailboats: Temporary Restrictions Removed
Limited Access for All Watercraft in Southern Portion of Lower Reservoir

Steve Ramsey
(800) 724-0309

May 21, 2012


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) lower reservoir is open to gasoline-powered engines and sailboats, removing the temporary restrictions against the use of these craft, which have been in place since the reservoirs opened for the boating season in late March.

While gasoline-powered boats and sailboats will now be permitted to access the lower reservoir, the southern end of the reservoir, which is clearly marked with a buoy line, will remain off-limits to all watercraft. 

As in the past, the upper reservoir is limited to rowboats, canoes and kayaks only—with or without electric-trolling motors. 
Boats and boat trailers accessing both reservoirs must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit.  Applications for permits may be obtained by calling the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center at 1-800-724-0309. Permits will be valid through September 30, 2012 when the reservoirs will be closed to boating until the following April.

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. Permit holders are required to call 1-800-367-6972, extension 6364, on the day before they intend to use the upper reservoir.  On the day they use the reservoir, boaters must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel.

Advance notice is not required to use the lower reservoir.  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 at dusk.

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


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