The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has heralded the completion of $1.5 million in improvements to Chittning Pond in Sangerfield, a popular fishing spot in Oneida County.
The 70-acre pond is located in the DEC’s Albert J. Woodford Memorial State Forest and is home to a warm water fishery and provides habitat for a multitude of animal species.
Chittning Pond is a popular destination for fishing because there is ample and easy access to the water for everyone, the DEC said.
The pond is known for largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, chain pickerel, golden shiner, pumpkinseed, white sucker and yellow perch.
It is up to the angler to know what seasons are open in their area, the DEC added.
The pond is limited to electric motors only. Anglers can fish from the shoreline or the newly constructed pier.
“Chittning Pond is a regional asset for anglers and improvements to the dam, and fishing accessibility will help attract more visitors who enjoy largemouth bass and panfish, as well as those just looking for a place to experience Oneida County’s natural surroundings,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said in a statement.
The Chittning Pond improvements include the rehabilitation of the dam that impounds the pond, the DEC said.
Repairs to the 60-year-old dam bring the structure into compliance with state dam safety regulations. Work began in 2021 and recently was completed in coordination with the New York State Office of General Services (OGS).
“OGS is proud to have partnered with DEC on a project that will enhance recreational opportunities in Oneida County,” said OGS Commissioner Jeanette Moy in a statement.
Other Chittning Pond 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
- Cleaning and lining the low-level outlet discharge pipe
- The DEC also replaced the existing fishing pier with an access site more accessible to people with disabilities.
The projects were funded with $1.5 million from NY Works. Under the State’s Adventure NY initiative, the 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 recreation.
Ed Harris is the Oneida County reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Ed Harris at [email protected]