Swimming Hole Becomes Magnet for People - and Trash

DENNING, N.Y. -- Blue Hole, a popular swimming hole in the town of Denning, Ulster County, is seeing the effects of having too many people.

With up to 700 people crowding into the area on a single day, which has led to an increase in glass bottles, other trash and human waste. There are now new state regulations in place to combat the issue, which include:

  • Restrict hours the area is open (except for the nearby designated camping area) to one half hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset;
  • Require the use of the portable restroom facilities for human waste disposal and the dumpster for all other waste;
  • Prohibit camping, all fires (including charcoal fires, wood fires, gas grills, propane stoves, or other portable stoves) and the use of portable generators at the Blue Hole. Limited use of the above will be allowed at the nearby designated camping area only;
  • Limit parking to designated parking areas (parking along the shoulder of the road is already prohibited by the Town and is a Tow Away Zone); and,
  • Prohibit glass containers, radios, and other audio devices.

DEC representatives said if the Blue Hole is at capacity, there are other places less than 30 miles away that allow swimming. A good way to know if that’s the case is if all the parking areas are full.

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