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Kayaking on the Pepacton Reservoir in Catskills Region

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When surrounded by this much beauty, you’re usually not thinking about much more than the scenery.

"It's so gorgeous out here, so quiet, and there's so much wildlife to see when you’re out and you’re just communing with nature," said Ann Roberti, Catskill Mountain Club

Kayaking on the Pepacton reservoir in the Catskills region however, you just might find yourself pondering more mundane matters.

"Pepacton is the largest reservoir in the New York City drinking water supply system. It holds about 140 billion gallons of water, it's about 15 miles long, it's located in Delaware County, and it provides on average 25 percent of the water to New York City every day," said Adam Bosch, DEP Spokesperson.

Pepacton is one of four reservoirs in the Catskills where you can actually paddle on New York City’s public water supply through Columbus Day.

"You can go kayaking, we allow canoeing, you can go in small sailboats, and actually we’ve had a few people take sculls on the reservoirs," said Bosch.

To get started, you’ll need a DEP access permit you can get online. Plus, it is mandatory that you have your boat steam-cleaned by a local vendor.

“This prevents any invasive species, plants, animals, microorganisms from getting into the water, and doing things that could clog intakes, harm fish life, deoxygenate the water, we take that very seriously," said Bosch.

If you don’t own a boat, you can rent a pre-cleaned one right off the rack.

Oh yeah, don’t even thing of swimming in the water and if you want to drink it, turn on your faucet. Because on designated NYC reservoirs, you can only quench your thirst for adventure. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP