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Rio Reservoir

Rio Reservoir offers some great fishing opportunities. The remains of an old bridge offers good structure for bass fishing. Anglers also report catching occasional brown trout and walleye. While fishing keep your eyes open for bald eagles (this is prime eagle-viewing country).

Physical Features:

Elevation: 813 feet
Area: 422 acres
Shoreline Length: 9.3 miles
Max Depth: 80 feet
Mean Depth: 31 feet
County & Town: Sullivan County, Town of Forestburgh


NYS DEC boat launch off of Old Plank Rd. Parking for 15 cars and trailers, open April 1st to November 30th. Hand launch located off of Rio Dam Rd with parking for 10 cars. No gas motors allowed. No ice fishing allowed (Eagle habitat). View the Rio Reservoir Contour Map (PDF).

For more information on these launches including Google Maps driving directions, visit the Boat Launch Sites for Sullivan County page.

Fish Species:

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bullhead, Chain Pickerel, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch and Walleye

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Special Fishing Regulations Apply

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