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Boating in the Catskills
Photo of the Pepacton Reservoir by Christopher Mooney.
The Catskills are home to most of New York City’s drinking water supply, which is stored in six man-made reservoirs. For generations, those pristine lakes were off-limits to everyone but anglers.
But this year, four of the reservoirs are open to canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sculls and sailboats: The remote Cannonsville in the western part of Delaware County, the Neversink in Sullivan County, the Schoharie in Schoharie County, and the vast Pepacton in Delaware County.
If you’re looking for something a little less tranquil and more adrenaline-fueled, try tubing. The Esopus Creek in Ulster County is a Class II/III stream that has been a popular destination for tubers for years.
Below: A map of local tubing companies, boat rental spots and outfitters. Many of these businesses are also certified steam-cleaners, where you can get your own boat cleaned and permitted to launch on a New York City reservoir. Click on a pin to see more information about the business.
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How to kayak down the East Branch to the Pepacton Reservoir. By Aaron Bennett.
A guide to boating in the Catskills. By Julia Reischel.
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