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For Release: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DEC Encourages Public Comment on Proposed, Expanded Recreational Opportunities at Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area

DEC creates online survey; schedules Nov. 29 public meeting, Public comment period on proposed recreational opportunities opens Nov. 15

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced a Nov. 29 meeting to encourage comment from the public on proposed and significantly expanded recreational opportunities at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area.

"The Hinckley Day Use area is a remarkable asset that provides opportunities for a wide range of outdoor recreation. The Unit Management Plan will govern how DEC will administer this area and its facilities on behalf of the public. We encourage everyone who is interested in the area to attend the scoping session and offer their ideas for how to realize the full potential of this wonderful site," said Randall Young, Region 6 Acting Regional Director.

The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir at 281 Stormy Hill Rd, Cold Brook, NY, and currently includes a beach, woods, trails, pavilion, spacious lawn, picnic area, and volleyball court. DEC is asking the public to share comments regarding additional recreational opportunities, including campsites, a playground, a bike trail system, and a trailered boat launch to create a full-scale DEC campground at this location.

Comments from the public will help determine final plans for expansion of recreational opportunities at Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area. DEC encourages the public to attend a scoping session for Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Town of Trenton Public Meeting Room, 8520 Old Poland Road, Barneveld, NY 13304.

In addition, the public can visit the Hinckley Reservoir Improvement Survey to share comments on recreational opportunities. DEC is accepting comments for 30 days, beginning Nov. 15, and ending on Dec. 15, 2018. Public comments can be submitted by mail to Josh Houghton, NYS Bureau of Recreation, DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253, by email to, or by phone to (518) 457-2500.

The reservoir is managed by the New York State Canal Corporation and is used to maintain water levels in the canal system. Management of the reservoir is not addressed by the DEC's Unit Management Plan. For more information please visit the DEC website.

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