United Water’s watershed recreation program is now open for customers interested in fishing, hiking and birding on the company’s property. Watershed recreation participants will have access to the Lake DeForest, Lake Tappan and Oradell reservoirs. The program enables area residents to enjoy the more than 6,000 acres of watershed lands surrounding the reservoirs. It also serves as an important reminder that everyone has a role in protecting the water supplies. A wheelchair accessible area is located in Orangetown, NY, near the Fifth Avenue Bridge. A crushed stone walkway leads from the parking lot to the fishing platform.
The recreation application is available online at www.unitedwater.com/uwny. Click on the “outreach and education/community” tab. Residents can also call the company at 845- 623-1500 to have an application mailed to their home. Watershed recreation permits are $30 for residents ages 18 – 61, $20 for seniors (62 and over) or children (ages 6-17). Seasonal guest passes are available to permit holders for $30. Individuals who plan to fish must have the proper New York and/or New Jersey state fishing licenses.