The Best New Offer if You're a Park Lover

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Spend a lot of time at your local State Parks but wish you never had to pay the entrance fee again?  Here's the newest solution to your problem, offered from New York State.The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation is now offering a Lifetime Empire Passport!  Purchasing this will mean that you have access to most of the 179 state parks, 55 Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest preserve areas, as well as to boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves.  You could go everyday if you want!

For $750 feel free to explore Nature around you, make a bucket list to see all of the Parks in New York, or reach that resolution of exercising more by hiking at your local park, with no expiration date!  Previously offered was the Empire Passport, that allowed you to purchase a pass year after year for $65 and 3 year and 5 year denominations. 

Another cool feature to this program is that this can be added to your driving license, with a small Maple Leaf icon denoting that you have this lifetime benefit.  So no need for stickers on the window or forms to carry around!  And even better....when you sign up now you receive a free gift of a week of camping, game of golf, guided hike, or gift card. 

Avid hunter and angler and feeling a little jealous?  No need, there's an option for you too from the DEC!  You can also purchase a Lifetime Sporting License and have that put on your driving license as well!  See below for the appropriate icons and pricing. 


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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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