SUEZ TO HOST LAKE DEFOREST DAY ON JUNE 30 TO BENEFIT HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER

The annual Lake DeForest Day held by Suez is set for Saturday, June 30.

It promises to be a fun-filled day with public kayaking, a youth fishing derby and a kayak race between five Rockland town supervisors. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Orange and Rockland Utilities, will benefit the Hackensack Riverkeeper. More than 400 paddlers and fishing derby contestants are expected to participate at the reservoir in West Nyack, said.  “Lake DeForest Day has become one of Rockland’s most anticipated community events,” Chris Graziano, vice president and general manager of SUEZ New York operations. “This is a terrific way for our customers to enjoy Lake DeForest and to appreciate the important role it plays in providing this county’s drinking water. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the lake and to recognize the need to protect this important natural resource.”

BOATING INFORMATION

Supervisor’s 200-Meter Kayak Competition

  • Race begins at 8:30 a.m.

Kayak Rentals

  • Select a 90-minute session at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
  • Rental fees are $30 per paddler.
  • Rentals are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Private Kayaks or Canoes

  • Launch a private kayak or canoe between 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Fees are $30 per private vessel.
  • All vessels must be washed at the registration area to protect the water supply.

Registration

The boats will be launched at the north end of the causeway and parking will be available at the New City Little League field on Strawtown Road.

FISHING DERBY INFORMATION

  • The fishing derby is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • The youth fishing derby will take place between 7 am and 10 am.
  • Boys and girls ages 5-13 will compete in four age divisions (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13) for awards for the largest fish caught.
  • The entry fee is $10 and all proceeds from the event will go to the Boy Scouts.
  • Registration is available online at www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org/SUEZfishingderby.

“We would like to thank Orange and Rockland Utilities, Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann and his staff, the Town of Clarkstown Police Department, the New City Little League, the Boy Scouts and the Congers-Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corp for their valuable assistance,” Graziano said.