Well, first of all, until it started raining again in the last ten minutes, the Batten Kill water level was starting to come down.... But here are some project updates, and we will just have to hope that water levels will come down enough to do the in stream work at some point this season....
The text below is based on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation pamphlet “Batten Kill: Location of Public Fishing Rights (PFR)". Maps showing the locations of these areas are posted on the new kiosk put up at the NY public access park just downstream of the state line along Rte 313 in Shushan by the Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Here is a direct link to the NYSDEC PFR Maps for the Batten Kill.
During the winter I have such a different relationship with the Batten Kill. I am not in and out of it every other day or so, and the activities of fish and other wildlife that go on in the cold water and under the ice is closed off from me.
Author John Merwin has died. Having spent much of his life in Dorset, VT, he was an important writer and advocate for trout habitat in general and the Batten Kill in particular.