DEP boating program attracts more than 1,300 visits to Catskill reservoirs

Posted 12/23/19

REGIONAL — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that more than 1,300 boats were used in 2019 through its recreational boating program in the Catskills, …

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DEP boating program attracts more than 1,300 visits to Catskill reservoirs

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REGIONAL — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that more than 1,300 boats were used in 2019 through its recreational boating program in the Catskills, including 711 canoes and kayaks that were rented to visitors by local businesses. Rentals made up the majority of boats used for the fourth consecutive year, underscoring the program’s aim to improve access for visitors and support local tourism and outdoor recreation businesses.

“We continue to receive excellent feedback from visitors who enjoy the unique outdoor experience of canoeing and kayaking on our reservoirs,” DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. “DEP will continue to collaborate with our tourism and business partners to attract more visitors who enjoy paddling and other activities that spotlight our natural resources.”

2019 marked the eighth year of recreational boating at Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton and Schoharie reservoirs. In addition to canoes and kayaks that were registered with DEP or rented through a local businesses, local nonprofit groups led outings for dozens of additional visitors, including school and summer camp groups, throughout the year. 

Neversink Reservoir led the way with 590 visits, followed by Pepacton Reservoir with 517, Schoharie Reservoir with 152, and Cannonsville Reservoir with 72. Of the boats registered directly with DEP, most were owned by residents of watershed counties and visitors from the New York City metro area. Boating tags were also issued to visitors from 10 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

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