South access road remains closed to vehicles, pedestrians; free shuttle available
The New York Power Authority will reopen the popular free fishing pier and fish cleaning station at the base of its Niagara Power Project's Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, with restrictions, on Friday, Sept. 5. Access to the fishing pier will be by free shuttle service only, provided by the Power Authority, as the south access road leading to the fishing pier remains closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the reconstruction of the road and walkways.
Those who want to access the fishing pier must park in the "C" parking lot of the Niagara Power Vista, the Niagara project's admission-free visitor center. Parking is free of charge. From the parking area, a shuttle service will transport passengers, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to and from the fishing pier, running every half-hour. This will be the only way to access the pier. The shoreline stairway also remains closed.
"We understand the tremendous public interest in using the fishing facilities during the late summer and early fall season - especially during the annual salmon run," said NYPA Western New York Regional Manager Harry Francois. "To balance those interests with public safety, the Power Authority will fund the operation of a shuttle to safely transport people during the course of the ongoing road and walkway reconstruction improvements that we're undertaking by the pier."
The shuttle will transport passengers from the parking lot free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis, and will follow the same rules on the return ride from the fishing pier. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the shuttle or at the pier. Small coolers and fishing equipment will be allowed inside the shuttle vehicle.
Passengers must use the shuttle and wait for the shuttle at the designated pick-up locations only. For safety reasons, if any visitors to the fishing pier leave the fenced area and walk through the construction zone, the Power Authority reserves the right to close the fishing pier and terminate the shuttle service.
NYPA's fishing piers near the Upper Mountain Fire Co. at the Lewiston Reservoir and at the Niagara River intakes are not affected by the reconstruction project. Both sites are open daily from dawn to dusk and operate free of charge.
Because of ongoing renovations along the south access road, the road remains closed to public vehicles and pedestrian traffic. Hikers proceeding along the shoreline from Devil's Hole will not have access to the stairway between the former lower parking lot and the water's edge.
When completed this fall, the new redesigned, paved road will offer safer access to the fishing pier for vehicles and pedestrians. The new riverside walkway will include a protective guardrail.
For updated information on the road renovations and traffic restrictions, call 716-796-0135, ext. 45.