PLATTE KILL SUB-BASIN
The Platte Kill watershed is located within three different townships in Delaware County: Middletown, Andes, and a small portion of Delhi. New Kingston is the only population center in this sub-basin. The drainage area of the Platte Kill is approximately 35.36 square miles and the mainstem is 12.1 stream miles from the headwaters to the confluence with the East Branch Delaware River mainstem.
The Platte Kill mainstem is a fifth order stream. There are 7 major tributaries that enter the mainstem in addition to the unnamed tributaries: Jones Hollow, Canada Hollow, Bryants Brook, Weaver Hollow, Sanford Hollow, Winter Hollow, and Thomas Hollow. The Platte Kill is primarily a C stream type with some B sections in the headwaters. The confinement ratio shows that the valley is generally broad to very broad with a few sections that are narrow. The land is predominately forested with some agricultural fields. The average annual rainfall in the watershed is predominately in the range of 35-30 inches/year with a couple of areas in the headwaters that experience 39-41 inches/year.
EXISTING RECREATIONAL ACCESS
NYCDEP owns/maintains many access points along the Platte Kill (between New Kingston and Dunraven). It is up to us to do a better job promoting them!
Access the Palmer Hill Trail website!