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For Release: Thursday, July 1, 2021

DEC Announces Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area Beach is Closed to Swimming Indefinitely

Use of Pavilions by Reservation Only

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that swimming is currently prohibited at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area in Herkimer County. For public safety, the beach at Hinckley is open to visitors but closed to swimming unless a lifeguard is on duty.

In addition, beginning Saturday, July 3, use of the pavilions at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area will require a reservation. Additional recreation opportunities at Hinckley include picnicking and paddling. To make a reservation for a pavilion, call (315) 826-3800. For more information about the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, visit the DEC website.

DEC encourages visitors eager to swim to check out nearby destinations at New York State Parks that are open for swimming when lifeguards are present (list below - links leave DEC's website).

Delta Lake


Verona Beach

Gilbert Lake

Whetstone Gulf

Green Lakes


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