The New York Power Authority has reopened two reservoirs in Schoharie County to recreational boating.
According to a NYPA press release, the lower and upper reservoirs of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Energy Project are open for the boating season. Both fishing areas were upgraded in 2021 with picnic tables and portable bathrooms following the energy project’s new 50-year operating license.
Use of the upper tank is limited to rowboats, canoes and kayaks only, with or without trolling motors, according to the release. Petrol engines and sailboats are prohibited on the upper tank. Pleasure craft including rowboats, canoes and kayaks — with or without an electric trolling motor — and gasoline-powered watercraft can be used in the lower tank.
Public fishing access along Schoharie Creek just below the lower reservoir is currently open.
To access the Upper Reservoir, boaters should stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road no earlier than 7:00 a.m. All boats must leave the reservoir at 5 p.m. sharp. Daily tank inspections will be conducted by NYPA security, according to the statement.
To access the Lower Reservoir, boaters must stop at the Mine Kill State Park tollbooth or park office on the day of intended use. Boating will be permitted from 7:30 a.m. until the park closes; however, all boats must leave the reservoir one hour prior. The park will remain open until 4 p.m. until the first weekend in May. then it will stay open until dusk.
Interested persons should visit the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation webpage for boating safety guidance and observe all state COVID-19 safety protocols.
The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion, the statement said.