Hinckley Reservoir Beach closed to swimming


(WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that swimming is currently prohibited at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area in Herkimer County. The beach at Hinckley is open to visitors but closed to swimming indefinitely.

In addition, beginning Saturday, July 3, use of the pavilions at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area will require a reservation. Additional recreation opportunities at Hinckley include picnicking and paddling. To make a reservation for a pavilion, call (315) 826-3800. For more information about the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, visit the DEC website.

DEC says that the change in policy is mainly due to a lack of lifegaurds for the site and that other state parks are fully staffed. Visitors are encourage to check out other nearby destinations at New York State Parks that are open for swimming when lifeguards are present (list below).  

Delta Lake




Verona Beach


Gilbert Lake


Whetstone Gulf


Green Lakes



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