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New York City Reservoir Regulations

The General Angling Regulations apply to species and waters not listed

Special Fishing Regulations for New York City Reservoirs
Reservoir Species Open Season Minimum
Amawalk Reservoir*
Bog Brook Reservoir*
Cross River Reservoir*
Diverting Reservoir*
Middle Branch Reservoir*
Muscoot Reservoir*
Titcus Reservoir*
Trout All year 12" 3
Croton Falls Reservoir* Trout All year 18" 1
Lake Gilead*
Lake Glenida*
Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Trout All Year Any size 5
Boyd Corners Reservoir*
East Branch Reservoir*
Trout All year 12" 3
Walleye 1st Sat in May-March 15 18" 3
West Branch Reservoir* Lake Trout All year 21" 3
Trout All year 12" 3
Landlocked salmon All year 18" 1
Kensico Reservoir Lake Trout All year 18" 3
Trout All year 12" 3
New Croton Reservoir
Schoharie Reservoir
Trout All year 12" 3
Rondout Reservoir Lake trout April 1-Nov 30 18" 3
Trout April 1-Nov 30 12" 3
Ashokan Reservoir Trout April 1-Nov 30 12" 3
Walleye 1st Sat in May-March 15 18" 3
Cannonsville Reservoir,
Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 3
Neversink Reservoir Trout April 1-Oct 15 12" 3
Smelt fishing prohibited
Pepacton Reservoir** Trout April 1-Sept 30 15" 2 fish to include
only 1 over 21"

*Ice fishing permitted
**Pepacton Reservoir: use of a line with more than three hooks and any hook with more than three points is prohibited

Fishing and Boating on NYC Reservoirs

Almost 400 miles of shoreline are open for fishing on the reservoirs and controlled lakes of the New York City Water Supply. A free New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Public Access Permit is required to fish New York City reservoirs. In addition, all anglers 16 years of age or older must possess a valid New York State fishing license. Lifetime permits issued before 2002 are no longer valid. New permits are valid for five years before they need to be renewed. For those 16 years of age or older, permits can be obtained online at (leaving DEC website).

Permits can also be obtained by completing an application and mailing to: NYCDEP- Access Permits, 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Guest passes are also available for those who would like to accompany an access permit holder onto water supply lands but do not want to obtain their own access permit. Access permit applications can be obtained online or by visiting a DEP office or police precinct, town hall or sports/tackle shop within the watershed. In New York City, applications are available during normal business hours at:

DEP Central Office
96-05 Horace Harding Expressway
Corona, NY
(718) 595-4595

DEP's Bureau of Customer Service
Services in Manhattan
1250 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY
(212) 643-2215

Boating on NYC Reservoirs

In addition to shoreline fishing, boating for the purposes of fishing is allowed on NYC reservoirs to those with the appropriate DEP Access Permits and Boat Tags. Anglers must store their fishing boats at designated storage areas. All boats must be steam cleaned and registered with DEP. Some boat storage areas may be closed to new boats because of overcrowding. After getting a DEP Access Permit, anglers should call the DEP office near the reservoir of interest to inquire about space, steam cleaning and boat tag registration. There is no cost for these services, which must be performed by DEP.

Expanded Recreational Boating Program

NYC DEP allows non-motorized recreational boating with canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and skulls on a day use basis on Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton and Schoharie Reservoirs. Recreational boating season currently opens on the Friday before Memorial Day and runs through Columbus Day. To improve access for visitors, several local businesses near the reservoirs rent kayaks and canoes for day use. A pilot program now allows the use of electric trolling motors on fishing rowboats on Cannonsville Reservoir. All trolling motors must be registered and steam cleaned prior to use. Information about the recreational boating program and the trolling motor program can be found by visiting: (leaving DEC website).

DEP Offices

Ashokan Reservoir
(845) 657-2663

Schoharie Reservoir
(607) 588-6231

Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs
(845) 334-7152

Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs
(607) 363-7009

East of Hudson Reservoirs
(914) 232-1309

For additional information, contact DEP at: or call 1-800-575-LAND (5263)