LEWISTON – The fishing pier at the base of the Niagara Power Project will be open for the annual salmon run, but with restrictions caused by a construction project around the power plant, the New York Power Authority announced Wednesday.
The pier will reopen Sept. 5, but will be accessible only through a free shuttle service that will run to and from parking lot C at the Power Vista every half-hour between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The normal access road and the shoreline stairway remain closed to vehicles and pedestrians.
No alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the shuttle or at the pier, although small coolers will be permitted. If anyone leaves the fenced-in area, the Power Authority says it might close the pier again and end the shuttle service.
“We understand the tremendous public interest in using the fishing facilities during the late summer and early fall season, especially during the annual salmon run,” said Harry Francois, NYPA’s Western New York regional manager. “To balance those interests with public safety, the Power Authority will fund the operation of a shuttle to safely transport people during the course of the ongoing road and walkway reconstruction improvements that we’re undertaking by the pier.”