Recreational Boating on the Reservoirs


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RECREATIONAL BOATING SEASON IN THE CATSKILLS BEGINS THE FRIDAY BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY AND LASTS UNTIL COLUMBUS DAY, FROM DAWN TILL DUSK.  Boaters must have a DEP access permit that is available free of charge on DEP’s website by visitingwww.nyc.gov/dep/accesspermit.
All boats used on the reservoirs must also be steam cleaned by one of the 13 DEP-certified steam cleaning vendors conveniently located across the watershed. A list of those vendors is available on the DEP website at www.nyc.gov/dep/recreation. Additional information about the recreational boating program can also be found at www.VisitTheCatskills.com/paddling
Steam cleaning helps protect against invasive plants, animals, and microorganisms that can harm water quality and fisheries. If a recreational boat is taken off reservoir property, it must be steam cleaned again before it can reenter the reservoir.
    Throughout the course of the recreational boating program, DEP has continuously tested water quality to ensure that none of the recreational activities has an adverse effect on New York City’s drinking water supply.