Power Authority to 'Test'
Renewed Boating on Lower Reservoir
August 13, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority will
reopen the lower reservoir at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage
Power Project for the Labor Day weekend as a test of procedures that
could lead to more normal activities during the boating season next
Officials will permit boating by those who
obtain and display special permits on their boats and boat trailers
for the three days of the holiday weekend, Sept. 4, 5 and 6.
The application procedure for permits is the
same as for the upper reservoir, which was reopened for recreational
boating earlier this summer. Applications for permits may be
obtained by calling 1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power
Authority’s web page,
Once a permit is obtained—the same permit is
good for both reservoirs—the permit holder is required to call
1-800-FOR-NYPA (1-800-367-6972) extension 6364, on the day before
they plan to go boating. Those using the lower reservoir must check
in with Mine Kill Park officials and submit their boat and vehicle
for inspection. Those boaters using the upper reservoir must stop at
the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel and
Mine Kill State Park is located on Route 30,
just south of the Blenheim-Gilboa Project visitors center. Boats,
including power boats, clearly marked with New York State
registration numbers and a NYPA permit, will be allowed daily during
regular park hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in
the Town of Gilboa, is restricted to rowboats and canoes, with or
without electric trolling motors, which have state registration
numbers and a NYPA permit. Gasoline-powered engines are not
permitted on the upper reservoir.
Shoreline fishing at the lower reservoir is
permitted everyday during the regular hours of park operation.
The reservoir may be closed at any time due to
increased threat level as determined by Power Authority corporate