Beacon Reservoir (Dutchess County, New York)

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Beacon Reservoir
Beacon Reservoir from Mount Beacon south peak.JPG
Beacon Reservoir from the fire tower on the south peak of Mount Beacon.
LocationTown of Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, US
Coordinates41°29′10″N 73°56′29″W / 41.48611°N 73.94139°W / 41.48611; -73.94139Coordinates: 41°29′10″N 73°56′29″W / 41.48611°N 73.94139°W / 41.48611; -73.94139
Primary outflowsDry Brook
Catchment area0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)[1]
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area20 acres (8.1 ha) [1]
Water volume125,000,000 US gal (470,000 m3)[2]
Surface elevation1,285 feet (392 m)

Beacon Reservoir supplies water to the city of the same name in Dutchess County, New York, United States. It is located at 1,285 feet (392 m) above sea level in a hollow between Beacon Mountain and Scofield Ridge, in the neighboring Town of Fishkill, very close to the Putnam County line. It was created in 1922[1] by damming Dry Brook, a tributary of Fishkill Creek.

It holds 125 million US gallons (470,000 m3). A publicly accessible dirt road, frequently used to climb the mountain, runs from the city past it to the summits. No boating or fishing or swimming is allowed in the reservoir. It is the highest lake in Dutchess County.

North Beacon Mountain and Scofield Ridge seen from across the reservoir


  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Beacon Reservoir". Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  2. ^ a b Signs located alongside reservoir.