Esopus Creek

Esopus Creek, Photo: Dan Markel

Esopus Creek is a world renowned rainbow trout stream that runs through the heart of the Catskill Mountains before emptying into the Hudson River near Kingston, NY. For more than a century, the surrounding hills and crystal clear water of Esopus Creek have provided the ideal backdrop for generations of fly fishermen. Since the 1920s, the Esopus has also played a critical role in the New York City drinking water supply system, funneling water from the Schoharie Reservoir into the Ashokan Reservoir, where the water then travels through a series of aqueducts before reaching the taps of New York City faucets. Unfortunately, the creek’s important function in the New York City water supply has also served as the death knell to the creek’s rainbow trout fishery.



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