NORTH BLENHEIM – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will reopen the upper reservoir at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project to recreational boaters on Monday. The project’s lower reservoir will also open at that time but with certain restrictions.
Until further notice, boating on the lower reservoir will be limited to rowboats, canoes and kayaks only - with or without electric-trolling motors. At this time, gasoline-powered engines and sailboats are prohibited on the lower reservoir.
Use of the upper reservoir is limited to rowboats, canoes and kayaks only - with or without electric-trolling motors. As in the past, gasoline-powered engines and sailboats are prohibited on the upper reservoir.
The reservoirs may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.
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 the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center at 800-724-0309. 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 800 367-6972, 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.