Recreational Use & Permits
Many New York City Water Supply reservoirs and lands are open to the public for low-impact recreational activities when compatible with Water Supply protection.
In order to responsibly provide recreation access to City property , DEP issues a comprehensive permit - the Access Permit - that allows for fishing and hiking on certain designated areas in the watershed.
Below is an application for an Access Permit. Please complete and mail it to: NYC DEP - Access Permits, 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Once a completed application is received and accepted by DEP, an Access Permit will be issued and mailed to the permit holder. This typically takes about two weeks, so please plan accordingly. Access Permit applications may also be submitted via the Internet for those 18 years of age and older. Approved online applicants can print their Access Permits immediately and avoid mailing delays.
If you have questions about permits or tags, please refer to Access Permit Frequently Asked Questions, or e-mail DEP Access Permits or call 1-800-575-LAND (5263). Applications for use of City water supply lands are also available at watershed Town Halls, watershed tackle/sports shops, DEP Land Management Offices in the watershed, and DEP Offices in Queens and Manhattan.