The New York State Department of Environmental conservation (DEC) recently completed construction of a new angler access parking lot at the Cobleskill reservoir system in the town of Cobleskill, DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz announced today.
"This new parking area will not only provide for improved angler access to this trout fishery but will also be plowed in the winter by the village to allow for snowmobile access to the surrounding area even when the three reservoirs are closed to ice fishing," Goertz said.
DEC signed a cooperative agreement this past February with the village of Cobleskill to memorialize the continued use of its three reservoirs for pubic fishing. The new 15-car gravel parking area includes a locked gate, which will keep vehicles away from the waterbodies, thereby protecting the reservoirs from potential contamination.
DEC stocks the reservoirs with trout each spring with the assistance of the Schoharie County Conservation Association. SUNY Cobleskill also stocked the reservoirs with additional trout on May 25. Fish species found in the reservoir system include bass, bluegill, perch, walleye, brown bullhead, brown trout, brook trout, tiger trout and rainbow trout.
The $7,000 project is part of the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, which is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing, and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.
The improvements reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to develop and expand public recreation access across the state, providing additional opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy New York's natural resources, boosting local economies and improving the quality of life.