Hinckley boat ramp opens May 1

The New York Power Authority‘s recreational boat-launching ramp at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir will be open for the season May 1. Directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway have been installed.

Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, NYPA built the boat launch in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with the construction of its Gregory B. Jarvis Plant, a hydropower facility.  

Open daily during the boating season, the launch consists of concrete planks extending 200 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters. The launch will remain open so long as reservoir conditions remain safe for boating. 

The Jarvis plant, which features two turbine-generators, began operating in 1986 and is named in honor of an astronaut from the Mohawk Valley who was killed that year aboard the space shuttle Challenger.