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Water Releases for Esopus Creek

Special Recreational Events


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Kayak race on Esopus Creek

DEC Part 670 Reservoir Releases Regulations (link leaves DEC's website)

(Schoharie Reservoir - Shandaken Tunnel - Esopus Creek), developed pursuant to Title 8 of Article 15 of the Environmental Conservation law, were implemented in May 1977. The purpose of these regulations is to regulate the volume and rate of the flow of water from the Schoharie reservoir via the Shandaken Tunnel into the Esopus Creek to protect and enhance the recreational use of the waters in the creek while ensuring an adequate water supply for New York City.

Scheduling and Requests

Historically, the Department has received requests from a consortium of recreational groups that hold these events including American Whitewater, the Kayak and Canoe Club of New

York, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the American Canoe Association. These groups coordinate scheduling with other planned boating events throughout the region.

Requests for diversions for special recreational events must be received in writing by April 15th of each year.


NYSDEC has received a request from the Kayak and Canoe Club of New York, on behalf of their membership and that of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the American Canoe Association and the Town of Shandaken, for the department to provide diversions for the following annual special recreational events:

Esopus Creek Special Recreational Events
Date Organization Status
June 6-7, 2015 KCCNY/AMC Whitewater Weekend Approved
July 18-19, 2015 AMC/KCCNY Whitewater Weekend Declined
Sept 5-7, 2015 Shandaken Whitewater Weekend Approved*
October 3-4, 2015 ACA Esopus Slalom Declined

[* The diversion through the Shandaken Portal will be increased starting Saturday morning and the increased rate will be effective through Monday afternoon.]

For more information about these events, please visit The Kayak & Canoe Club of New York website found in the right hand margin of this page.

For more information about reservoir releases, please contact Brenan Tarrier at the Division of Water, (518) 402-8086.