New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of work along Chittning Pond in the town of Sangerfield, Oneida County, including rehabilitation of the dam that impounds the pond and the official grand opening of an enhanced fishing access site.
The 70-acre pond located on DEC’s Albert J. Woodford Memorial State Forest is home to a warm water fishery and provides habitat for a multitude of bird, amphibian, reptile, and mammal species.
Repairs to the 60-year-old dam bring the structure into compliance with State dam safety regulations. Work began in 2021 and was completed in coordination with the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). Improvements include:
- Removing woody vegetation from the upstream embankment slope and placing stone rip rap for wave erosion protection;
- Repairing a depression on the downstream embankment slope;
- Cleaning and lining the twin service spillway outlet pipes;
- Improving the service spillway intake structure stop log system;
- Replacing the non-operational low-level outlet sluice gate; and
- Cleaning and lining the low-level outlet discharge pipe.
DEC also replaced the existing fishing pier with an access site more accessible to people with disabilities. Combined with the project’s other improvements, the enhanced fishing access site will bolster Chittning Pond’s status as a regional fishing destination. Fish found in the pond include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, chain pickerel, golden shiner, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, white sucker, and yellow perch. The harvest season for largemouth bass began June 15th; bass measuring more than 17 inches have been reported at the pond.
The Albert J. Woodford Memorial Forest contains 2,664 acres, the majority of which is former pasture and cropland. Tassel Hill, located in the northern portion of the property, is the point of highest elevation in Oneida County. The State Forest was created for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection. For more information visit DEC’s website.
The projects were funded with $1.5 million from NY Works. Under the State’s Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies.
Photo of Chittning Pond Fishing Access Site courtesy DEC.