The Pepacton Reservoir, also known as the Downsville Reservoir or the Downsville Dam, is a reservoir in Delaware County, New York that was formed by impounding over ¼ of the East Branch of the Delaware River. New York City purchased the valley in 1942, displacing 974 people, destroying four towns (Arena, Pepacton, Shavertown and Union Grove), and submerging nearly ½ of the Delaware and Northern Railroad in the process. The dam, located at Downsville, was finished in 1954, and the flooding was completed in 1955.
Peapackton is a Lenape Native American term meaning "marriage of the waters".
The reservoir is 12 miles (19 km) south of the village of Delhi and is 101 miles (163 km) northwest of New York City. The reservoir is a narrow, winding reservoir that is 15 miles (24 km) long and about…