Many of New York City’s reservoirs and watershed lands are open to the public for fishing, hiking, boating and other types of outdoor recreation. Our interactive map can help outdoor enthusiasts find City-owned properties and understand the types of recreation that are permitted in each area.
More than half of these lands are open to recreation without a permit, but recreation on the reservoirs and some lands will require a DEP Access Permit.
Recreational Rule Revision
We are updating the existing rules that govern recreational use of our water supply lands and reservoirs. Proposed rules were made available to the public for comments in July 2018. Revisions to the proposed rules will be announced soon.