Power Authority Reopens Reservoirs For Recreational Boating

Steve Ramsey

April 14, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will reopen the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project to recreational boaters on Monday, April 18.

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 visitors center at 800-724-0309. Permits will be valid through Sept. 30, when the reservoirs will be closed to boating until the following April.

The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, will be open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permit holders are required to call 800-FOR-NYPA (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 will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes each day. The park will be open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May; afterward, it will remain open until dusk.

Boating on the upper reservoir is restricted to recreational craft—rowboats and canoes—with or without electric trolling motors. Gasoline-powered engines are permitted on recreational craft using the lower reservoir. The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.

About NYPA:

■ 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.


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