Outdoor Recreation & Fishing
The Albany Water Department (AWD) offers outdoor recreation and fishing at two of its properties. This includes Six Mile Waterworks Park located in Albany, and the Basic Creek Reservoir located in Westerlo. AWD also recently "daylighted" a section of Patroon Creek located in Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve.
Patroon Creek in Tivoli Lake Preserve
During 2019, the green infrastructure practice of "stream daylighting" was used in Tivoli Park Preserve to restore a 1,500 foot portion of Patroon Creek to a more naturalized condition. The section of Creek previously flowed underground through a large pipe. During the process of "daylighting," the pipe was removed and a naturalized stream corridor was constructed in its place. The new stream corridor will help reduce flooding, increase water quality through aeration, and create important habitat for various species of aquatic life and pollinator species; all the while providing a unique natural resource for the surrounding community.
About 6 miles long in total, the Patroon Creek begins in Albany's Pine Bush Preserve and flows through Albany before entering the Hudson River at the Corning Preserve. The "daylighted" section of Patroon Creek includes a series of pools, riffles, and small waterfalls through Tivoli Lake Preserve.
The Creek has much higher flow during wet weather than dry weather; and any overflow during wet weather will enter Tivoli Lake to help prevent localized flooding.
Visit Patroon Creek
A trail (consisting of a wide gravel path) is located just west of the intersection at Park Road and N Manning Boulevard. Street parking is available and the path to the Creek is less than ¼ mile. The trail also features educational signs about aquatic life, green infrastructure and the history of the creek.
By October 2020, the path near Patroon Creek will be connected to another newly improved trail within Tivoli Park Reserve.
Six Mile Waterworks Park & Rensselaer Lake
Six Mile Waterworks is located on Fuller Road, just north of Interstate 90 (I-90) in the Albany's Pine Bush Preserve. The park has abundant shoreline as well as two fishing platforms. Row boats/canoes/kayaks can be launched from shore, but no gasoline or battery operated motors are allowed.
The park also features picnic tables, a playground, a parking lot, and restrooms operated seasonally. No swimming or wading is permitted.
A permit from AWD is not required to fish at Six Mile Waterworks. However, a NY State fishing license is still required. Learn more about fishing at the park by visiting the NY Department of Environmental Conservation's Rensselaer Lake page.
Basic Creek Reservoir
The Basic Creek Reservoir is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, throughout the year. It is located in the Town of Westerlo, NY.
The reservoir has much to offer for outdoor recreation. Shore fishing is the main attraction, which is stocked with:
- American Eel
- Black Crappie
- Chain Pickerel
- Northern Pike
- Walleye and other species
- White Perch
- Yellow Perch
Shoreline fishing is accessible from the parking areas and trails, as well as areas that are handicapped accessible.
Birdwatching is another popular attraction, with bald eagles and many species of migratory waterfowl and songbirds in the vicinity.
Access Permit Information & Guidelines
A permit is required for all access to the Basic Creek Reservoir lands. Photo ID permits will be issued at the AWD main office, located at:
10 N Enterprise Drive
Albany, NY 12204
Due to current social distancing guidelines, applicants must make an appointment before visiting the office, by calling 518-434-5300. Payments must be made by credit card or check, cash will not be accepted.
A Basic Creek Reservoir information packet will be supplied to each permit holder. The information supplied in this packet will include the rules and regulations of the reservoir, a map of the recreation area, and information regarding fishing, invasive species, carry in-carry out, and other items of interest.
Permit for Fishing & Regulations
If the permit will be utilized for access to the Basic Creek Reservoir for fishing, a valid NY State Fishing License is also required.
All permit holders should look over the information and familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of the reservoir as any violations to them will result in the forfeit of their permit for at least two years and they will not be reimbursed for the permit fee.
The Basic Creek Reservoir is a "Carry In - Carry Out" facility. Ice fishing, swimming and wading is not permitted. Pets are never allowed in the water.
Fees for 2 Year Permit
- City of Albany Resident: $10 (with proof of residence)
- Non-City Resident: $20
- 16 Years and Under: Free
For More Information
For information and to obtain the Basic Creek Reservoir Access Permit please call 518-434-5300 or by email.
Patrol of the Basic Creek Reservoir
The Reservoir will be patrolled from dawn to dusk on a daily basis throughout the year. Guards check permits daily. The guards are required to document all persons checked and note:
- Date of permit expiration
- Full name
- Reason for recreating
- Valid or expired permit
If a permit holder has been found to violate any of the rules or regulations, they will be given a warning for the first offense and asked to leave the premises immediately. If the permit holder has had a previous offense, their permit will be taken, they will be asked to leave the premises immediately and informed that they have forfeited their permit for two years. Offenses include, but are not limited to: not having a current Access Permit, overfishing and littering.
The guards patrolling Basic Creek Reservoir will be supplied with an updated permit list weekly, including any violators.