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Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area
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Location Wurtsboro, New York
Address Wurtsboro, New York, United States
Lat, Long 41.531983, -74.512022
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Phone Number 845-754-0743
Description This tranquil wildlife habitat and recreation area is located just south of Wurtsboro, between Route 209 and South Road. The Basha Kill valley was inhabited initially by Native Americans and then, beginning in the mid-1700s, by settlers from Europe. The area at the southern end of the Basha Kill Management Area, was first known as Basha's Land, then Bessie's Land, and later as Bashusville. It was finally named in honor of T. Van Keuren Westbrook, and a stone fort was built there in 1753. This was one of four forts built that year in the valley west of the Shawangunk Ridge. "Kill" is the Dutch word for stream. The Basha Kill was one of the famous streams of Sullivan County. In the early days, it was much wider and deeper than at present, and its course was much straighter. In 1825, records show that pine logs were rafted down the kill to the Neversink River, then to the Delaware River, and on to Philadelphia and the tidewater. The Basha Kill was known for the large number of fish it contained. Farmland on both sides of the Kill were regularly cultivated and planted in crops. Hurricane Diane, in 1956, changed that scene drastically. The Pine Kill, flowing down the ridge to the west of the Basha Kill, brought many large boulders in its wake. They were mostly deposited in the Basha Kill where the two streams meet in Westbrookville. A dam was formed and the Wetlands we now know were created north of the dam. It consists of over 3,000 acres of wetlands and uplands which were acquired by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) with funds from the 1972 Bond Act. The landscape offers scenic views and an unmatched natural setting for hiking, canoeing, birdwatching and fishing. Above all, it is a place to breathe deeply, to feel the beauty and peace of a unique, unspoiled place in nature. Within the boundaries of Bashakill you'll come across remnants of the old Delaware and Hudson Canal and New York, Ontario and Western Railway's Port Jervis to Kingston branch. The former towpath is suitable for wa
Keywords NY, Wildlife, Trails, Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Bicycling, Hiking, Canoeing, Birdwatching, Fishing,
Updated on 2014-05-28
Created on 2013-05-08
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