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Kensico Reservoir


Lake Trout

Kensico Reservoir, located in Valhalla, is the last stop in the NYC waterway before the water goes down to NYC. This 2,145 acre NYC Reservoir receives its water from both the Catskill and Delaware aqueducts. Kensico Reservoir is stocked with 8,440 brown trout every spring. The clear waters of this reservoir are best known for abundant numbers of trout. Like most of the NYC Reservoirs, best techniques for catching these trout are trolling with spoons or plugs and using sawbellies. Try various depths until you find the depth that proves to be most productive. Kensico also has some lunker bass swimming in it that can provide for some great angling action.

Physical Features

Elevation: 354 feet
Shore Length: 21.8 miles
Surface Area: 2,145 acres
Maximum Depth: 144 feet
Mean Depth: 44 feet

Special Regulations

Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).


Access is provided by the New York City DEP. A free NYC DEP watershed access permit is required. Rowboats must be approved and registered by the NYC DEP. Contact the DEP at: or call 1-800-575- LAND (5263)
Kensico Reservoir Contour Map PDF (258 KB)

Fish Species Present

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Panfish.