DEC opens boat access area to the Susquehanna River in Windsor

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There’s a new place for anglers and paddlers to get in and enjoy the Susquehanna River in Windsor.

The Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with the Village, has opened an access site just south of the Route 17 bridge.

It’s located along Route 79 directly across from the 17 East exit ramp and next to a village public works facility.

A small parking area and driveway to the riverbank was constructed with the DEC providing material and equipment and securing the permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The village also contributed material and has agreed to maintain it.

Windsor Mayor Ron Harting is himself an avid kayaker, canoeist and fisherman.

“Having made this trip many times from Nineveh to here, this is a beautiful section of river.  Having done other rivers in Broome County, I don’t find any finer.  But this one had been underutilized because of the limited public access here,” he said.

Harting says he also knows of a number of excellent fishing spots in the river, but would not divulge them.

The access site does not include a boat launch and that area of the Susquehanna is typically not suitable for motorboats.

Harting says it will provide a convenient place to exit for paddlers who put in at access points upstream in Nineveh and Ouaquaga.

Warning to those headed downstream, your kayak or canoe must be registered in Pennsylvania if you want to exit the river using the P.A. Fish and Boat Commission access point just across the border.

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