Each year, the SUEZ Watershed Recreation Program has opened company reservoir property to program participants for fishing, hiking and birding activities during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
The program, open through November 30, provides participants with access to more than 6,000 acres of watershed property in both New York and New Jersey, including Lake DeForest in Rockland County and Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Oradell reservoirs in Bergen County. This unique recreation program offers residents the ability to enjoy the beauty of local watersheds, and reflect on the importance of protecting local water resources.
This year, SUEZ is excited to introduce a number of enhancements that are designed to work towards making the watershed recreation participant experience more enjoyable. Two new trails have been established along the Oradell Reservoir and informational kiosks about the watershed have been erected in Haworth and Emerson, New Jersey. Program participants will also receive a “Reservoir Ranger” Junior Naturalist Activity Book for children between the ages of six and 12 that features interactive learning opportunities about watershed locations. Finally, a new family permit has been introduced so that everyone in a household can enjoy the program at a reduced fee.
Wheelchair accessible areas are located at Lake Tappan and Woodcliff Lake.
Permit holders who intend to fish must have valid New York and/or New Jersey State fishing licenses.
Those interested in purchasing a Watershed Recreation Program permit can apply online at www.suezwatershed.com. The website also features a downloadable Watershed Recreation Brochure, which details key information on watershed locations as well as the types of wildlife that can be observed throughout the properties.
Residents who wish to receive an application through the mail may call for assistance at 201-767-7300 x3208.