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A five-step guide to boating the Catskills reservoirs

Above: The largest of New York City’s reservoirs, the 15-mile-long Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County supplies almost a quarter of the city’s drinking water. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskills Photography.

Four of New York City’s six reservoirs in the Catskills — Pepacton, Schoharie, Cannonsville and Neversink — are open to canoes, kayaks, rowboats and small sailboats from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The reservoirs hold drinking water for roughly 9.4 million people, and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is pretty vigilant about keeping them clean. So before you get out on the water, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops.

To boat the reservoirs, you must have a free DEP access permit; if you’re planning on boating more than one reservoir, you’ll need a separate access permit for each. You’ll also need a boat that has been steam cleaned by an authorized steam-cleaning vendor. (Steam cleaning helps stop the spread of invasive plants, animals and other organisms that could harm water quality or the ecology of the reservoirs.) And you must use a DEP-designated launch area for putting in and taking out your boat, which can be only a kayak, canoe, rowboat, scull or small sailboat: No gas-powered boats allowed.  Read more

A view of history: Catskills fire towers

Hunter Mountain Fire Tower. Photo by Gordon Hoekstra, chairman of Friends of the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower.

Once upon a time, 23 steel fire towers dotted the high peaks of the Catskills. They were staffed by fire tower observers, who scanned the horizon for smoke and filled their downtime with shimmying up the steep steel struts, taming bears and sharing space with pet snakes. (Those stories and other fire tower tales are collected in the book Fire Towers of the Catskills by Martin Podskoch, published by Purple Mountain Press.)

The job of the fire spotter vanished decades ago, and the towers fell into disrepair. But between 1997 and 2000, thanks to the efforts of Catskill Fire Tower Project volunteers, five of the original fire towers of the Catskill Park were renovated and opened to the public.

They are:

Balsam Lake Mountain in Hardenburgh
(3,723 feet)

Red Hill in Denning
(2,990 feet)  Read more

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Hail in Hamden, tornado warning in Albany

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Above: Video of hail falling in the Delaware County town of Hamden on Thursday afternoon, taken by local videographer Jess Vecchione. 

Intense, fast-moving thunderstorms are moving through the Catskills region, bringing rain and, in some places, hail. 

Around 3:39 p.m, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albany declared a tornado warning for parts of Albany, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties, in effect til 4:15 p.m. A second tornado warning was issued, in effect until 4:30 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been posted for Delaware and Schoharie counties, where forecasters were calling for quarter- to ping-pong-ball-sized hail. The rest of the Catskills region is under severe thunderstorm watch

Got hail or other intense weather in your neck of the woods? Let us know at editor@watershedpost.com.

Below: Live social-media reports of weather in the Catskills and Capital Region. A tornado may have touched down near Delanson, where a home was destroyed, and two tractor-trailers were overturned on I-88.

 

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Our guide to a Catskills Memorial Day Weekend

In Tannersville, Memorial Day means it's time once more for rubber ducks and crazy boats. Photo from the Great Northern Catskills website.

Everybody knows when summer really starts: this weekend. Monday will be marked by official Memorial Day observances in many towns, but all weekend long, there’s plenty of unofficial fun to be had, from music fests to boat races to town-wide yard sales. Here’s our five-county guide to the good times.

AROUND THE CATSKILLS

The five restored fire towers of the Catskill Park open for the season this weekend: Balsam Lake Mountain in Hardenburgh, Red Hill in Denning, Tremper Mountain in Shandaken, Overlook Mountain in Woodstock and Hunter Mountain in Hunter. Volunteer staffers will be at the towers every weekend from now through Columbus Day, to help fill you in on fire tower history, mountain know-how and more. Lace up your hiking boots and dust off the binoculars for those 100-mile views.  Read more

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm, ANDES HOTEL

August 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
Select a venue: 

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm

Every Thursday at 7pm in the Tavern with host Cara Vaughan.  Teams of 1 to 7 people. Great prizes for each round and final.  Winners get their bill slashed in half!  No reservations needed. 

This is the last Trivia Night for the season at the Andes Hotel.  Check the schedule of our other location in Dehil, O'Neill's Shire Pub.  It picks up there in late Sept.  

845-676-3980

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm, ANDES HOTEL

August 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Select a venue: 

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm

Every Thursday at 7pm in the Tavern with host Cara Vaughan.  Teams of 1 to 7 people. Great prizes for each round and final.  Winners get their bill slashed in half!  No reservations needed. 

845-676-3980

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm, ANDES HOTEL

August 14, 2014 - 7:00pm
Select a venue: 

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm

Every Thursday at 7pm in the Tavern with host Cara Vaughan.  Teams of 1 to 7 people. Great prizes for each round and final.  Winners get their bill slashed in half!  No reservations needed. 

845-676-3980

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm, ANDES HOTEL

August 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
Select a venue: 

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm

Every Thursday at 7pm in the Tavern with host Cara Vaughan.  Teams of 1 to 7 people. Great prizes for each round and final.  Winners get their bill slashed in half!  No reservations needed. 

 

845-676-3980

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm, ANDES HOTEL

July 31, 2014 - 7:00pm
Select a venue: 

7.10-8.28 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm

Every Thursday at 7pm in the Tavern with host Cara Vaughan.  Teams of 1 to 7 people. Great prizes for each round and final.  Winners get their bill slashed in half!  No reservations needed. 

 

845-676-3980

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