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Swinging Bridge Reservoir

Swinging Bridge Reservoir is a great place for a weekend getaway. Bring the family and camp out at the parks campground. Boat rentals and a marina are also available to the public. Swinging Bridge Reservoir also offers great fishing.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,069 feet
Area: 889 acres
Shoreline Length: 17.6 miles
Max Depth: 120 feet
Mean Depth: 38 feet
County & Town: Sullivan County, Town of Monticello


Boat access provided by Alliance Energy. Concrete boat ramp located on the east shore off of Starlight Rd. Parking for 30 vehicles. Free to public with no restrictions on boat type. View the Swinging Bridge Reservoir Contour Map (PDF).

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

Fish Species:

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Brown Trout, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch, Common Carp, Brown Bullhead and White Perch.

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The walleye fishery in Swinging Bridge Reservoir is great. Anglers regularly take fish in the 5-pound range, and walleyes up to 10 lbs are caught each year. To catch these walleye, head out to 20 to 30 feet of water. Troll with a deep diving crankbait or drift with a minnow. Anglers also have success fishing with a jig tipped with a nightcrawler along the drop offs.

With old house foundations, masonry walls, gravel mounds, as well as the old roadbeds Swinging Bridge Reservoir has great habitat for bass. A great spot for Bass is fishing off the dam on the Reservoirs south shore. Try fishing with a jig or a spinningbait.


Special Fishing Regulations Apply

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