The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of the Black River at Deer River Fishing Access Site, a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant fishing access site in the town of Denmark, Lewis County.
Improvements at the Black River at Deer River Fishing Access Site include a gravel parking area with ADA-compliant accessible parking spaces and an accessible single-lane gravel boat launch near the confluence of the Deer and Black rivers.
The parking lot includes one standard space and a space for vehicles with trailers. An additional three-vehicle parking area near the joining of the rivers can be used for launching car-top vessels. The site also features an additional 10-parking spaces for vehicles with trailers.
Development of this site provides anglers with access to public fishing on 0.35 miles of the south bank of the Deer River and approximately 0.66 miles on the north bank of the Black River. Popular gamefish species found in this section of the Black River include Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, and Chain Pickerel.
The $75,000 project cost was funded by Marks Farms Natural Resources Damages settlement funds stemming from an enforcement action after a manure spill in the river in 2005.