NYPA Land Provides Lots of Recreation Opportunities

Interested in ‘Staycation’ opportunities? NYPA has just the thing for you and your family. You can make use of NYPA’s tremendous recreational resources, get active and experience New York’s history and natural beauty - all while staying close to home, staying safe, socially distant, and enjoying free outdoor summer fun. Enjoy beautiful and scenic hiking trails, camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, swimming and more.

NYPA land is widely available for activities and sports of all kinds. From the New York State Park system to the Schoharie County Bluebird Society, many state and local entities work with NYPA to manage the recreation areas. We recommend calling ahead whenever possible. Here are a few of our popular recreation sites:

NYPA Recreation Facilities in Schoharie Valley: Blenheim-Gilboa

Visitors Center & Lansing Manor Museum, operated, maintained and staffed by NYPA (currently closed):

While the visitors center complex remains closed for now, the grounds of the complex have picnic spots and wetland areas with beautiful views and hiking trails (that connect to the Long Path North) which are open.

The Reservoir is open too -  NYPA’s Upper Reservoir, on top of Brown Mountain, has great fishing, a nice path to walk and great views. Both upper and lower reservoirs have been stocked with 500 brook trout and brown trout as well as a thriving Walleye population. Access can be granted by Kingsley Road. Fishing is also available on the Schoharie Creek at a fishing platform near the NYPA Security Building on Power Plant Access Road.

While the visitors center complex remains closed for now, the grounds of the complex have picnic spots and wetland areas with beautiful views and hiking trails (that connect to the Long Path North) which are open.

The Reservoir is open too -  NYPA’s Upper Reservoir, on top of Brown Mountain, has great fishing, a nice path to walk and great views. Both upper and lower reservoirs have been stocked with 500 brook trout and brown trout as well as a thriving Walleye population. Access can be granted by Kingsley Road. Fishing is also available on the Schoharie Creek at a fishing platform near the NYPA Security Building on Power Plant Access Road.

Mine Kill State Park and Overlook, managed by NY State Parks:

In addition to hiking trails, playgrounds and scenic picnic areas, the park offers boat access to the B-G Project’s Lower Reservoir for boating, kayaking, and fishing. The park’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its beautiful Olympic-size swimming pool, kiddie pool and dive tank which are all open with reduced occupancy.

Archery Hunting, managed by NY Department of Environmental Conservation

The Long Path, managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Bluebird Trail, managed by the Schoharie County Bluebird Society

NYPA Recreation Facilities in the North Country: Hawkins Point

Hawkins Point Visitors Center, operated, maintained and staffed by NYPA (currently closed).

While the visitor center remains closed, the scenic St. Lawrence riverside site contains picnic tables, trails and fishing access, as well as a boat launch are open. Adjacent to Hawkins Point on Barnhart Island. Both sites allow you to use the trails and take advantage of outdoor recreation.

Robert Moses State Park offers wooded campsites and cabins, a marina and boat launch, some of the best fishing in the Northeast, picnic areas, a swimming beach, and tennis courts

Nicandri Nature Center (currently closed) with its amazing indoor exhibits, beautiful outdoor trails and more - the site contains over 6 miles of trails that are managed for public use and the trails are open

Massena Town Beach:

The beach consists of 20 scenic acres on the St. Lawrence River that include three covered picnic pavilions, picnic areas, grills, a handicap/wheelchair accessible waterfront, restrooms, changing rooms, a concession stand, softball field; volleyball court, 2 basketball hoops, playground equipment and a shoreline nature trail with fishing access.

Coles Creek State Park (Waddington, managed by NYS Parks):

The park has wooded and open campsites near a swimming beach on Lake St. Lawrence - the lake is ideal for boating and fishing and a marina on the mouth of Coles Creek lies just north of the park entrance. The park also has a playground, playing fields and a large pavilion.

Waddington Town Beach (Howard Park):

The beach offers a pavilion, picnic tables, playground facilities, trails for hiking, and transient docking facilities for people arriving by boat.

Whalen Park (Louisville):

Located in the Town of Louisville, Whalen park contains a 1.6-mile long walking/running/biking trail. The handicap accessible trail meanders along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River.

Whittaker Park (Waddington):

Located in the Village of Waddington, the park features recreation fields, a playground and docks.

Island View Park (Waddington):

The park is a recreation and picnic facility in the Village of Waddington with a picnic pavilion featuring a central hearth, and a separate building containing new bathrooms, and catering facilities, playground area and docking.

NYPA Recreation Facilities in Western New York: Niagara
  • The Power Vista Visitors Center, operated, maintained and staffed by NYPA (currently closed)
  • Robert Moses Fishing Pier** (open)
  • Lewiston Reservoir Fishing Access – south side (open)
  • Lewiston Reservoir Fishing Access – north side (open)
  • Niagara Intakes/Upper Niagara River Observation Area (open)

On Monday, June 22 NYPA's fishing facilities, including the fishing pier at the base of NYPA's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant opened for the season. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site also opened at that time - along with the fishing piers near the Upper Mountain Fire Company at the Lewiston Reservoir and at the water intakes along the upper Niagara River. All are open daily from dawn to dusk and are admission free. Users should maintain adequate social distancing and follow New York State recommendations regarding use of masks. For information on the fishing pier, please call (716) 286-6662.

  • NYPA's Niagara fishing facilities (**including the fishing pier at the base of NYPA's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant) is generally open for the season after April 1, or after the ice boom has opened and ice runs have cleared the lower river at the power plant (hey will close under icy conditions, unsafe water levels, and typically by December 1) -- After a pause, the fishing piers opened for the season on June 22, 2020
  • The fish cleaning station at Robert Moses is available as long as temperatures remain above freezing -- fishing is also available near the Upper Mountain Fire Company at the Lewiston Reservoir and at the Water Intakes along the upper Niagara River -- all are open daily from dawn to dusk, and are admission-free
  • Parking and Access: for the pier at the base of NYPA's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, parking is available both near the pier and at the top of the hill (next to the roadway that provides access to the pier). Weather and water conditions permitting. Visitors can use the stairs or the handicapped access elevator (currently in service) to get from the parking level of the fishing pier to the water level. Please call ahead for parking availability and conditions: 716-286-6662

Niagara State Park Gorge Trails (Niagara Falls, managed by NYS Parks):

A natural wonder—formed during the last ice age—the Niagara Gorge consists of a series of hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

Reservoir State Park (Niagara Falls, managed by NYS Parks):

The park includes a playground, softball, basketball, tennis, model airplane field, hiking trails and fitness course.

Managed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation:

  • Reservoir State Park
  • Schoellkopf Overlook of Niagara Gorge with elevator to lower gorge
  • Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
  • Whirlpool St. Overlooks (upper and lower) of Niagara Gorge
  • Stone Stairway between upper & lower Whirlpool St. overlooks
  • Great Gorge Railway Trail
  • Niagara Scenic Parkway

Managed by the Tuscarora Nation: Haudenosaunee Exhibit (inside RMPD Power Vista)

Managed by the City of Niagara Falls: Upper River Trail

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