Use of popular Blue Hole swimming area in Denning might require permit, NY state says

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A no-cost, day-use permit could be required for people who want to take a dip in the increasingly popular Blue Hole swimming area in this western Ulster County town, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday.

The system, if instituted, would mandate that visitors obtain a permit before using Blue Hole — part of the Rondout Creek in the Sundown Wild Forest area of the Catskill Park — on weekends and holidays from May 15 to Oct. 15 each year.

Up to 40 permits would be issued per day, and each permit would allow entry by up to six people.

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