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.
**** Public fishing rights are permanent easements along quality fishing streams which have been voluntarily granted to the people of the State of New York by private landowners.
**** PFRs allow the public to walk along the stream banks for the sole purpose of fishing and they are normally 33 feet in width. Look for the orange NYDEC “Public Fishing Stream” signs posted on tree trunks.
**** The easements may be along one bank or both banks, depending upon what was purchased. RIGHT BANK and LEFT BANK are terms used to describe where the public has a right to fish, and they are identified as one faces downstream. There are some gaps upstream and downstream of the Eagleville Covered Bridge, but most of the Batten Kill banks have these easements in this area.
**** Fishing rights may also allow the public to park in designated parking areas and to access the stream via marked footpaths.
**** Public fishing rights DO NOT include public access for other purposes including trapping, hunting, camping, boating, or picnicking. These activities require permission from the landowner.
**** Landowners of public fishing stream areas may continue to use their property for domestic and agricultural purposes. They may NOT post the stream rights area against fishing, however they may legally post and prevent all other public use of the land.
**** An angler or other river user needs no landowner permission to walk in the river itself or to float on the river.
Contact BKWA or the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for more information.
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