Explore the NYC Watershed

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker

AWSMP’s Stream Access & Recreation Working Group recently learned more about New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) efforts to expand public access to City owned properties in the NYC water supply watershed. The reservoirs and lands in the water supply now include more than 133,000 acres open to the public for fishing, hiking, hunting and other recreation. Here are links to more information on exploring the watershed:

Outdoor Events – DEP hosts events each year to help watershed residents and visitors explore scenic destinations.  Visit www.nyc.gov/DEP or follow Facebook.com/NYCWatershed for public event times, locations, and schedule throughout the year.

Day Use Areas – Day Use Areas offer recreational opportunities like hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and in-line skating without the need of a DEP Access Permit. Three roadways closed after the 9/11 attacks are now open as Day Use Areas. The Ashokan Day Use Area is 55 acres in the Town of Olive and features walkways and picnic areas. The 2.7-mile promenade along the Ashokan Reservoir’s southern shore features unrivaled views of the reservoir and Catskill Mountains. More information on Day Use Areas can be found at www.nyc.gov/dep/recreation.

Finding a Property – DEP has released an interactive map for finding more than 400 properties open to recreation on water supply lands and reservoirs. The map links to angler maps, hiking trails, boat launch sites and more. See the RecMapper at www.nyc.gov/dep/recmap.

Boating on NYC Reservoirs – Restricted boat access is available on the Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, and Schoharie reservoirs. Certain non-motorized boats are allowed and must be steam cleaned by approved vendors and receive a boat tag before being placed on the reservoir. 17 launch sites are available with vehicle parking and hand-launching. Approved vendors offer boat rentals near the reservoirs. For more information, go to www.cwconline.org.

Public hearings on proposed changes to NYC DEP recreation rules on City owned property will be held July 24 and July 26 at watershed locations.