Dining Out on Ashokan Streams

Posted on: June 10th, 2020 by Irene Foster

As Ulster County begins Phase Two of Reopen­ing, many restau­rants are now offer­ing out­door seat­ing. Sev­eral restau­rants even offer a view of our local streams!

Dining out at the Peekamoose Restaurant in Big Indian puts you near Birch Creek.

Din­ing out at the Peekamoose Restau­rant in Big Indian puts you near Birch Creek.

 

If you’re in Big Indian, the Peekamoose Restau­rant offers out­door din­ing with an over­look of Birch Creek. Orig­i­nat­ing on Hal­cott Moun­tain, Birch Creek is a trib­u­tary of the Eso­pus Creek. Birch Creek was dammed to make Pine Hill Lake. In 1988, the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) rebuilt Pine Hill Lake after the dam had been washed out twice.  In their design, the NYSDEC made sure the lake was hab­it­able for the cold-water trout that live there. Since warm water stresses trout, the NYSDEC built a dam that is located off the stream to keep the water cold.  Addi­tion­ally, a “fish lad­der” was con­structed to help trout travel over the dam.

The Phoenicia Diner and Woodnotes Grille are all within walking distance to the Esopus Creek.

The Phoeni­cia Diner and Wood­notes Grille are all within walk­ing dis­tance to the Eso­pus Creek.

 

The Phoeni­cia Diner in Phoeni­cia and the Wood­notes Grille at the Emer­son Resort and Spa in Mount Trem­per offer an excel­lent view of the Eso­pus Creek while you are din­ing out­doors or wait­ing for take­out. The Eso­pus Creek is the largest and most well-known stream in the Ashokan Water­shed.  The Eso­pus Creek pro­vides water, eco­nomic oppor­tu­ni­ties, and recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties to our local com­mu­ni­ties.  It also pro­vides aquatic habi­tats and ripar­ian habi­tats for an assort­ment of plants and ani­mals. It is divided into the Upper Eso­pus located above the Ashokan Reser­voir and the Lower Eso­pus located below the Ashokan Reser­voir. The Upper Eso­pus has at least 330 miles of trib­u­taries and drains some of the largest moun­tains in the Catskills. It is used for many recre­ational activ­i­ties such as fish­ing, canoe­ing, kayak­ing, and tubing.

The Catskill Rose is just a stone's throw away from the Beaver Kill.

The Catskill Rose is just a stone’s throw away from the Beaver Kill.

 

One restau­rant with a view of the Beaver Kill is Catskill Rose in Mount Trem­per.  The Beaver Kill starts on Plateau and Sug­ar­loaf moun­tains in the Town of Hunter and con­tains three dif­fer­ent geo­mor­phic sec­tions.  It starts as a very steep, nar­row stream. In the mid­dle sec­tion, it flat­tens and widens out and has lots wet­lands next to it. Even­tu­ally, it becomes steep and nar­row again until it flows into the Eso­pus Creek.

To learn more about parts of water­sheds and river sys­tems check out the new video on Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program’s YouTube Page.

For a com­plete list of restau­rants that are cur­rently open in Ulster County please visit the Ulster County Alive Take Out and Deliv­ery Guide.

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