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NYC DEP HOSTS ” Free Family Fishing Day” at Pepacton Reservoir 07/13/19-10 am – 2 pm

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This coming Saturday the NYC DEP will host a Free Family Fishing Day at Pepacton Reservoir.

A great opportunity to learn about the many recreational opportunities provided to the public by the NYCDEP to enjoy both the reservoirs and the protected lands that abound in the Catskill/NYC Watershed Region.

Learn more about this collaboration to protect the public water supply to millions in NYC and our Catskills Communities. A shared resource.

Enjoy the pleasures of fishing and learn how you can also try your hand at non motorized boating.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it will host family fishing day and a hiking safety class at Pepacton Reservoir on Saturday, July 13. Both events are free and open to the public.

Family Fishing Day at Pepacton Reservoir will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which will supply fishing poles and bait to those who do not have their own. Families that have their own tackle are encouraged to bring it. As part of the “I Fish NY Program,” the New York State fishing license requirement is waived for adults who want to fish during this event. Adults who do not have a free DEP Access Permit are encouraged to get one before coming to the event. Participants can get their free permit and print it from home by visiting:

The 5,730-acre Pepacton Reservoir is home to many species of fish, including brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, carp and panfish. DEP and DEC staff will be available to teach participants how to fish and assist with fishing equipment. The event will take place at the Shavertown Bridge boat launch site in the Town of Andes, just off Route 30 on the north side of the bridge. For more information about the event, call DEP recreation supervisor Tom Davidock at (845) 340-7812.

The DEP Police Division will also host a hiking event on Saturday, focusing on safety and survival skills for hikers. Participants for this event will meet at 9 a.m., also at the Shavertown Bridge parking lot. To promote outdoor safety, DEP police officers will teach basic compass and map skills, tips for dealing with heat and weather emergencies, and information for avoiding poisonous or harmful plants in the backcountry. A training and Q&A session will be followed by a 2-mile hike up the Shavertown Trail, which DEP developed in partnership with the Catskill Mountain Club. Those joining the hike should bring water, food, and wear proper attire. The hike is expected to finish about 12 p.m.

Advance registration is encouraged for both events. Registration links can be found on the NYC Watershed Facebook page by visiting Those interested in the family fishing event can register by clicking here. Those wishing to attend the safety and survival hike can pre-register by clicking here.

DEP hosts recreation events each year to support the outdoor recreation and tourism economies in the watersheds that surround New York City’s water supply system. DEP has opened approximately 137,000 acres of protected lands and waters to low-impact recreation such as fishing, hiking, boating and more. More details about our recreation programs can be found by visiting An interactive map of recreation areas can be found at


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