NYPA Press Release

NYPA Reopens Reservoirs for Recreational Boating

For Immediate Release: 4/16/21
Contact: Jessica Kirby | Jessica.kirby@nypa.gov | (800) 724-0309

New Picnic Amenities at Upper and Lower Reservoir Arriving Soon

NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has opened the lower and upper reservoirs for the season to recreational boating at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.  Both fishing areas will be enhanced with picnic tables and portable bathrooms for the convenience of the boating and fishing communities as a result of the power project’s new 50-year operating License.  The improvements are expected to be in place by mid-May.

Use of the upper reservoir is limited to rowboats, canoes and kayaks only - with or without electric-trolling motors.  Gasoline-powered engines and sailboats are prohibited on the upper reservoir. Recreational craft, including rowboats or canoes, with or without-electric trolling motors and boats with gas-powered may be used in the lower reservoir.

The public fishing access along the Schoharie Creek just below the lower reservoir is currently open.

For access to the UPPER RESERVOIR, boaters are required to stop at the south gate on Valenti Road no earlier than 7:00 a.m. on the day you intend to use the upper reservoir.  All boats must be off the reservoir promptly at 5:00 p.m. Shoreline fishing closes at dusk. Daily inspections of the reservoir will be performed by the NYPA B-G Security.

For access to the LOWER RESERVOIR, boaters are required to stop at Mine Kill State Park’s Toll Booth or the Park Office on the day you intend to use the lower reservoir. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes, however all boats must be off the reservoir one hour before the park closes. The park will be open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May; afterward, it will remain open until dusk.

Please visit the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation webpage on tips for Boating Safety and observe all New York State COVID-19 safety protocols.

The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.

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