Power Authority Boat Launch At Hinckley Reservoir To Remain Temporarily Closed Due To High Water Levels

Michael Saltzman

May 18, 2011


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced Wednesday that it will delay the opening of its boat-launch ramp at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir due to high water levels from heavy spring rainfall that make conditions unsafe for recreational boating. 

NYPA would ordinarily open the boat launch this month and install directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway and other areas in the vicinity of its Gregory B. Jarvis Plant, a small 9,000-kilowatt hydroelectric facility.  However, the current elevation of the reservoir—at more than 1,225 feet, or at roughly five inches above the crest of the dam—makes conditions treacherous to boaters and to work crews who would otherwise be engaged in the installation of the buoys.

In view of this, the Power Authority is posting cautionary signs by the boat launch, noting that the facility is temporarily closed. 

NYPA will continue to monitor the reservoir until the water depth returns to more typical levels at which point it will announce the opening date of the boat launch and undertake the installation of the buoys and other navigational aids.   

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 statewide public power utility’s construction of the Jarvis plant.    

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 plant, 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:

■ 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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