Posts Tagged ‘recreation’

Recreate Responsibly

Posted on: May 22nd, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Image courtesy of the Catskill Center

Image cour­tesy of the Catskill Center


Memo­r­ial Day Week­end is upon us and after weeks of iso­la­tion and stay­ing home many of us are itch­ing to get out to the few places that are open to the pub­lic. While we here at the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram nor­mally would encour­age any­one to come and visit our region, we have to acknowl­edge that this year things are dif­fer­ent. While COVID-19 infec­tions and hos­pi­tal­iza­tions are declin­ing we still need to do our part to ensure that the spread is lim­ited and to keep new out­breaks from popping-up. To that end, while we want every­one to get out­side and enjoy the weather we need to do so responsibly.

The New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion and many other regional groups have encour­aged the fol­low­ing safety mea­sures:

  • Stay Local! Stay close to home, keep your visit short and avoid high-traffic destinations.
  • Be Safe! Avoid crowds and groups (includ­ing crowded trail­heads). Keep a dis­tance of at least 6 feet from oth­ers. Alert oth­ers as you’re about to pass or step aside to let oth­ers pass.
  • Be Ready! Move quickly through park­ing lots, trail­heads and scenic areas. If a site is crowded, choose a dif­fer­ent park, trail or time to visit.
  • Stay Home! If you’re not feel­ing well, stay home. Any­one older than 70 or with a com­pro­mised immune sys­tem should also stay home.


If you’re local to the Ashokan Water­shed we encour­age you to visit some of our many streams. Kanape Brook in the Town of Olive and Rochester Hol­low in the Town of Shan­daken both have walk­ing trails that mostly par­al­lel the streams. Ken­neth Wil­son Camp­ground has trails near the Lit­tle Beaverkill (camp­ing is cur­rently pro­hib­ited). Many of our streams, includ­ing the Eso­pus Creek, have pub­lic fish­ing access points along them where you can go angling. Visit the Ulster County RECon­nect Map to see those loca­tions as well as other hik­ing, fish­ing and out­door oppor­tu­ni­ties. Be sure to keep at least six feet apart, not share equip­ment, and san­i­tize your hands regularly.

We firmly believe that even dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times you can (and should) get out­doors and do so safely and with respect for oth­ers. Respon­si­ble recre­ation is impor­tant even dur­ing nor­mal times and now more than ever. Please do your part to main­tain social dis­tance and to keep your­self and every­one healthy.

Image courtesy of the Catskill Center

Image cour­tesy of the Catskill Center


Ashokan Reservoir: A Great Place to Recreate

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Allison Lent

Ashokan Reser­voir. Photo by Alli­son Lent


We just wanted to share some beau­ti­ful pho­tos of the Ashokan Reser­voir that were taken recently by AWSMP and Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict employee Alli­son Lent. Even in times like these when there is so much stress and uncer­tainty we should con­sider our­selves lucky to be in such close prox­im­ity to so much nat­ural splendor.

We’re in the midst of fish­ing sea­son and the Ashokan Reser­voir is a great place to get out­side and enjoy some fish­ing while main­tain­ing social dis­tanc­ing. Before you head out be sure to get a New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (NYC DEP) Access Per­mit (free of charge and eas­ily done online) and a New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) Fish­ing License (can also be done online but costs vary).

We hope that you enjoy the reser­voir, pub­lic fish­ing and other pub­lic access along our streams, and every­thing else that our water­shed has to offer.

Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Allison Lent.

Ashokan Reser­voir. Photo by Alli­son Lent.




AWSMP Celebrating National Outdoors Day on June 9

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP will be at the Catskill Inter­pre­tive Cen­ter (CIC) on Sat­ur­day, June 9 from 10:00am to 3:00pm to cel­e­brate National Get Out­doors Day. This is one of many events held through­out the state as part of the State of New York’s Out­door Adven­ture Ini­tia­tive. This is a free, open-house style event where vis­i­tors will be able to try out out­door recre­ational activ­i­ties and learn tech­niques from NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion and NYS Parks staff. AWSMP will have a table with pro­gram lit­er­a­ture and our flood­plain model to teach vis­i­tors about stream sci­ence and flood­ing. A more detailed sched­ule on what activ­i­ties will be pre­sented at the CIC can be found here.