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Peekamoose Blue Hole

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The Peekamoose Blue Hole is located in Sundown Wild Forest, set within the secluded wilderness of the Catskill Forest Preserve. The Blue Hole is a depression in the streambed rock of the Rondout Creek, a unique natural feature formed by sand and swirling gravel in an ancient whirlpool. The creek is part of the New York City drinking water watershed. Over the last few years, the wilderness experience has been affected by the presence of large crowds on summer weekends.

Please keep in mind that parking is extremely limited and parking along the roadway is prohibited. Any vehicle parked along the roadway will be ticketed or towed.

The Morgan Duke Conservation Society has a volunteer stewardship agreement with the DEC Region 3 to help clean up litter at the Peekamoose Blue Hole. We are looking for volunteers to help clean up garbage around the Peekamoose campsites and The Blue Hole.

Volunteering season: April - October

Supplies: The Morgan Duke Conservation Society supplies volunteers orange trash bags, gloves, first aid kit and volunteer information packet.

Please Note:

A permit will be required to visit the Blue Hole on Weekends and Holidays between May 15th and September 15th of each year. Permits can be acquired from Reserve America at: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/.

Permits are free of charge, and must be acquired at least 24 hours in advance, but no more than a week in advance. Only advance registrations will be accepted. No walk-in registrations are available. Visitors will be required to list the names of all members of their party when making the reservation, but can change the names up to one day in advance. Each permit will be limited to 6 individuals. Visitors must have a permit with them at all times.

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

As volunteers in this Program, participants are provided with the same liability and workers= compensation protection as salaried state employees, as long as they are acting within the scope and terms of the Agreement and comply with the Department's guidelines for use of volunteers.




PO Box 632, WALDEN, NY 12586, US

Mission Statement

Here at Morgan Duke Conservation Society we restore and protect the natural wild forest setting that has been impacted by recreational use and large crowds, we seek to reduce the impacts to these wild forest areas by offering our assistance and to educate the public including those seeking to engage in destructive or illegal activities at these wild forest areas they too can do their part in protecting the wild forest settings so the public can enjoy visiting without impairing the wild forest atmosphere. We provide habitat for species that depend on the young forest through Wildlife Habitat Management-- conducting intensive nest box programs for wildlife including Wood Ducks and Bluebirds and ongoing manipulation of the habitats to maintain Habitat Diversity.


Our founder James Sullivan was camping in the Southeastern Adirondacks in early 2005 or 2006 at a place called Hudson River Special Management Area known as Buttermilk and Hudson River Recreation Area in Lake Luzerne, NY. While there, he saw the impacts the wild forest was facing. People were littering and vandalizing, which included painting on rocks. Seeing all of this was upsetting what to James. Eight years later, in 2013, Sullivan contacted the DEC Region 5 during the summer to ask if Morgan Duke Conservation Society could volunteer at the Hudson River Recreation Area. On November 29, 2013, Morgan Duke Conservation Society was founded and become a Corporate Not-For-Profit Organization in New York State.

Today we still work at the Hudson River Recreation Area in Lake Luzerne, New York, and in 2016 we signed a volunteer stewardship agreement for Peekamoose Blue Hole and Vernooy Kill State Forest.
Here at Morgan Duke Conservation Society, we do not get donations or grants from federal, state, or local government agencies; we rely on donations from the general public and businesses.



We'll work with your schedule.


Peekamoose RoadDenning, NY 12740



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Outdoor Recreation





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