NYPA Offers Boating Access to Reservoirs and Waterways

N.Y. Power Authority Opens Hinckley Boat Launch to Public May 28

The Hinckley boat launch (NYPA's recreational boat launch at the Hinckley dam and reservoir) along with the site’s fishing access area, will open for the 2021 season on Friday, May 28.

Directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway are in place. Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, NYPA built the boat launch in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with the construction of its Gregory B. Jarvis small-hydro power plant.

Open daily during daylight hours for the boating season, the newly expanded launch now consists of concrete planks extending 250 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters. The launch will remain open as long as reservoir conditions remain safe for boating.

The Hinckley Boat Launch is open seasonally, typically from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Water elevations play a vital role in the operation of the Hinckley Boat Launch. Low water may result in unsafe launching conditions which would cause NYPA to temporarily close the launch until the elevation rises to a level ensuring the safe launching or removal of boats. Real-time conditions are available at these links:

Current Conditions