- Major Streams
- Caring for your Stream
- Stream Management Program
- Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative
The Upper Esopus Creek watershed covers a 192 mi2 area in the South-central Catskill mountain region of southeast New York State. The entire 26-mile course of the creek flows “clockwise” in a sweeping arc from the headwaters at Winnisook Lake on Slide Mountain to the Ashokan Reservoir.
Upper Esopus Creek and its tributary network drain some of the most rugged terrain in the Catskill Mountains. There are 21 peaks greater than 3000 feet above sea level (ft asl) that are drained by this network. Among them is Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills at 4,120 ft asl. The base elevation in the watershed at Ashokan Reservoir is 633 ft asl. The resulting streams are steep erosive forces as water and sediment make the quick descent from mountain top to the base of the watershed at the reservoir. The watershed includes at least 330 miles of stream.
USGS Gage Links
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains 11 continuous-recording stream gages in the Esopus Creek watershed above the Reservoir. These gages measure the stage, or height, of the water surface at a specific location, updating the measurement every 15 minutes. Click on the Station ID number of your gage of interest to receive real-time water surface data from USGS.
|Station ID||Station Name||Drainage
|Current Period of Record|
|01362200||Esopus Creek @ Allaben, NY||
|Sep 1988 – present|
|01362500||Esopus Creek at Coldbrook, NY||
|Oct 1931 – present|
|013621955||Birch Cr at Big Indian||
|Oct 1998 – present|
|01362230||Diversion From Schoharie Reservoir||Dec 1996 – present|
|0136230002||Woodland Creek above mouth at Phoenicia, NY||20.57||Oct 2003 – present|
|01362342||Hollow Tree Brook at Lanesville, NY||1.95||Oct 1997 – present|
|01362380||Stony Clove Creek nr Phoenicia, NY||31.5||Feb 1997 – present|
|01362497||Little Beaver Kill @ Beechford nr Mt. Tremper, NY||16.5||Oct 1997 – present|
Demonstration Restoration Projects
Click here for Esopus Creek Project Power Point (file size 9.6 MB)
Click here for Lanesville Demonstration Project
Stream Management Plans
Ashokan Watershed Action Plan(s)
Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Plan Implementation Funding
Mini Grant Program - The mini grant provides up to $5000 for education, training, community programs, small projects etc. in the Ashokan Watershed. Click here for application materials.
Matching Grant Program – The matching grant provides up to $100,000 or 25% of the cost of a project (whatever is less) to either match a grant or enhance a funded project that helps to implement stream management program recommendations. Eligible categories are research, community projects, training and education, and stream projects. Click here for application materials.
Ashokan Watershed Specific Studies and Publications
For information on the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program and the principal streams, contact Leslie Zucker, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Ulster County and/or Adam Doan, Ulster County Soil and
Water District at 845-688-3047. The NYCDEP project manager is Danyelle Davis who can be contacted at 845-340-7839. The program website is www.ashokanstreams.org.