March 14, 2012 —
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) will open the Neversink Reservoir to canoes, kayaks and sailboats beginning Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend this year for the first time. This program is the result of a similar pilot program conducted at the Cannonsville Reservoir in Delaware County for the past three years.
Boaters will be able to visit the reservoir for the day or leave their boat at the reservoir for the season. All boats must be steam cleaned and permitted prior to use at the reservoir. Cleaning services will be provided by private vendors who meet certain NYCDEP criteria.
The NYCDEP will be providing two boat launch areas for recreational boats that will be open from dawn to dusk during the season. This program is in addition to the current allowance for rowboats for fishing and increases the public’s access and enjoyment of this wonderful water resource.