The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will host a family fishing day and a hiking safety class at Pepacton Reservoir on Saturday, July 13.
Both events are free and open to the public, according to a media release by the DEP.
The family fishing day will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pepacton Reservoir. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which is co-sponsoring the event, will supply fishing poles and bait to those who don't have their own. A fishing license isn't required for this event, said Adam Bosch, DEP director of public affairs.
Adults who don't have a free DEP Access Permit are encouraged to get one before coming to the event, and can do so at www.nyc.gov/dep/accesspermit.
Many species of fish, including brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, carp and panfish live in Pepacton Reservoir. DEP and DEC staff will be available to teach participants how to fish and assist with fishing equipment. The event will be at the Shavertown Bridge boat launch site in Andes, just off Route 30 on the north side of the bridge.
“It's really just an opportunity for families to go out cast a line, try to catch some fish, enjoy the nice weather and have an experience in the outdoors that will hopefully encourage them to do it again,” said Bosch.
The DEP Police Division will host the hiking event Saturday focusing on safety and survival skills for hikers. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Shavertown Bridge parking lot and is expected to finish at about noon.
DEP police officers will teach basic compass and map skills, tips for dealing with heat and weather emergencies and information for avoiding poisonous or harmful plants in the back country. A training and Q&A session will be followed by a two-mile hike up the Shavertown Trail. The top of the trail includes a good view of the Pepacton Reservoir, Bosch said. The hike isn't extremely strenuous and is more of a moderate hike, he said. People should bring water, food and proper attire for hiking.
Advanced registration for both events is encouraged. Registration links can be found on the NYC Watershed Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/nycwatershed. Click on the 'Events' tab on the left hand side to find the fishing day and the hiking safety class event pages. Click on those and under 'Details,' the registration links for each event can be found.
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