Blenheim Reservoir open for recreational boating
North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reopened the upper and lower reservoirs at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Wednesday, April 14, to recreational boaters.
Boats and boat trailers accessing both reservoirs must be clearly marked with registration numbers and a NYPA permit. Applications for permits may be obtained by calling 800 724-0309 or by visiting the Power Authority’s Web page: www.nypa.gov/vc/ blengil.htm. Permits will be valid through September 30, when the reservoirs will be closed to boating until the following April.
The upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, will be open to boating daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permit holders are required to call 800 FOR-NYPA (800 367-6972), extension 6364 on the day before they intend to use the upper reservoir. On the day they use the reservoir, boaters must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify security personnel.
Advance notice is not required to use the lower reservoir. The lower reservoir may be accessed through Mine Kill State Park on Route 30. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes each day. The park will be open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May; afterward, it will remain open until dusk.
Boating on the upper reservoir is restricted to recreational craft — rowboats and canoes — with or without electric trolling motors. Gasoline-powered engines are permitted on the lower reservoir. The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.