NYDEC Promotes New Public Access for Fishing on Delaware River

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DEC, DOT Work to Expand Sites in Delaware County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the opening of three fishing access sites along the East and West Branches of the Delaware River in Delaware County. The sites are located in the towns of Colchester and Hancock and include parking access for anglers. A fourth site, located in the town of Deposit, is scheduled to open next month.

Construction of the fishing access sites was a joint DEC/DOT venture. DEC staff provided technical oversight, computerized mapping work and sign construction and placement. DOT funded the projects and did most of the construction work. All the sites are located on DOT rights-of-way. Both agencies will share the maintenance of the sites.

“With the increasing number of posted signs appearing along our state’s waterways, this is a significant step to help preserve fishing access to some of New York’s premier trout waters,” DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly said. “Today’s announcement assures that current and future generations of anglers will be guaranteed access to these world-renowned trout waters. I would like to thank DOT, which was instrumental in bringing the fishing access sites to fruition, saving the state a significant amount of time and money.”

“The fishing access points to the East Branch of the Delaware River on State Route 30 are excellent examples of partnership between DOT and DEC,” said New York State Department of Transportation Regional Director Jack Williams. “This area is famous for its fine fishing. Now thanks to this cooperative effort, people will have safe off-road places to park their vehicles and access the waterway.”

The three completed fishing access sites include:

  • The Long Flat site in the town of Hancock, located 1.9 miles east of the hamlet of Harvard on NYS Hwy 30.
  • The East Branch site in the town of Hancock, located about a half mile north of the hamlet of East Branch on NYS Hwy 30 just north of RT17/I-86 exit 90.
  • The Thayer Hollow (Shinhopple) site, located about a half mile east of the hamlet of Shinhopple on NYS Hwy 30.

The fourth access site, scheduled to be completed next month, is the Laural Hill site located in the village of Deposit, 2 Laural Bank Ave, 460 feet north of the RT17/I-86 overpass.