The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has opened the Pepacton Reservoir, as well as the Cannonsville, Schoharie and Neversink Reservoirs to recreational boating. Kayaks, canoes, small sailboats and sculls are now allowed on these NYC drinking water reservoirs during the paddling season – the Friday before Memorial Day until Columbus Day.
Enjoy the solitude of having this pristine 15+ mile long “lake” to yourself, or paddle with a group of friends and share the scenery! You may spy a bald eagle or two, beaver, deer, maybe even a bear.
Boat owners may put their boats into the reservoirs after having them steam cleaned by a vendor approved by the NYC DEP. The paddler must also obtain a free DEP Access Permit. Boats must be washed each time they are removed from reservoir property, but may be stored for free for the season, or multiple days, at designated boat launches. Boat rentals are available at the reservoir for those who don’t own a boat but would like to try it out. Boat launches in Andes are at the Shavertown Bridge and on Rt 30 near Perch Lake Rd.
The Pepacton Paddling brochure tells it all!