Power Authority to Reopen
Reservoirs for Fishing
1-800-724-0309 or 518-287-6000 ext 6380
March 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—–The New York Power Authority will
reopen the upper and lower reservoirs at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Power Project to boaters who obtain and display special permits
on their boats and boat trailers.
Permits for recreational boating will be good
beginning April 1 (provided ice has melted by that date) until Sept. 30.
Both reservoirs are closed to boating the rest of the year.
Applications for permits may be obtained by calling
1-800-724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s web page,
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. through
Sept. 30. Permit holders are required to call 1-800-FOR-NYPA
(1-800-367-6972) extension 6364, on the day before they intend to use
the reservoir. On the day they use the reservoir, boaters must stop at
the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel.
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 each day. Until the first weekend in May, the park
closes each day at 4 p.m. Thereafter, it is open until dusk.
Boating on the upper reservoir is restricted to
recreational craft -- rowboats and canoes -- with or without electric
trolling motors, which are clearly marked with New York State
registration numbers and a NYPA permit.Gasoline-powered engines are
permitted only on the lower reservoir.
The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time
due to increased threat level as determined by Power Authority corporate