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

Michael Saltzman

May 26, 2011


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that it anticipates its boat-launch ramp at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir will remain closed through Memorial Day weekend due to high water levels from the heavy spring rainfall that make conditions unsafe for recreational boating. 

The high reservoir levels have also delayed NYPA’s installation of directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway and other areas in the vicinity of its Gregory B. Jarvis Plant, a 9,000-kilowatt hydroelectric facility, which straddles Oneida and Herkimer counties. The current elevation of the reservoir—at 1,225.5 feet, or at roughly six inches above the crest of the dam—makes conditions treacherous to boaters and to work crews who would have otherwise installed the buoys by now.

In view of this, the Power Authority has posted 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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