Local residents will have a chance to weigh in next week on the state’s plans for a new campground at Hinckley Reservoir.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a public meeting to discuss "proposed and significantly expanded recreational opportunities at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area," according to a news release.
The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Town of Trenton Public Meeting Room at 8520 Old Poland Road in Barneveld.
"(The) area is a remarkable asset that provides opportunities for a wide range of outdoor recreation," said Randall Young, DEC Region 6 acting regional director, in the release. "The Unit Management Plan will govern how DEC will administer this area and its facilities on behalf of the public. We encourage everyone who is interested in the area to attend the scoping session and offer their ideas for how to realize the full potential of this wonderful site."
The Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre reservoir, at 281 Stormy Hill Road in Cold Brook. Current recreational offerings include a beach, woods, trails, a pavilion, a spacious lawn, a picnic area and a volleyball court, according to the release.
The proposal, the release states, is "to create a full-scale DEC campground at this location."
To that end, additions under consideration include campsites, a playground, a bike trail system and a trailered boat launch.
The reservoir is managed by the New York State Canal Corporation and issues such as water levels are not addressed by the DEC’s Unit Management Plan, according to the release.
Those who wish to share their opinions also can complete the Hinckley Reservoir Improvement Survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKRP9Y7; submit comments by mail to Josh Houghton, NYS Bureau of Recreation, DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253; submit them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-457-2500.
The public comment period ends Saturday, Dec. 15, according to the release.
For more information on the Day Use Area, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/113214.html.