Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

For Release: Friday, June 11, 2021

DEC Issues Final Unit Management Plan for Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area

Final UMP Includes New Campground and Recreational Amenities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the finalization of a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area. Once the UMP is implemented, the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area will be transformed into the only public campground in the southwestern Adirondacks. "Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is already a popular spot providing access to outdoor recreation for many visitors," said Randall C. Young, Region 6 Regional Director. "Enhancing the facilities at this location will increase opportunities for recreation at Hinckley and expand the number of people who can enjoy this beautiful location."

Located on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir in Herkimer County, the day use area currently includes a beach, woods, pavilion, spacious lawn, picnic area, and volleyball court. The UMP calls for construction of 150 campsites, a boat launch, miles of hiking and biking trails, access and loop roads, and a comfort station. These amenities will help bolster the local mountain biking hub and provide additional natural resource-based tourism and economic growth to the area. Read more about the plans to enhance recreation at Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area on DEC's website.

  • Contact for this Page
  • Andrea C. Pedrick
    317 Washington Street
    Watertown, NY 13601
    email us
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to Region 6