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Fishkill, New York, a small village located in the southwestern part of Dutchess County. As of the 2017 census, the population of the town was 2,119 spread out over the 32 square miles of land within the town. Many people question the name with one resident saying “it’s a friendly place that doesn’t want to kill fish”. The name Fishkill is derived from the two Dutch words “vis” meaning fish, and “kil” which means stream or creek. According to the Village of Fishkill website, In 1714 Dutch immigrants chose the area to settle and prosper.
During the Revolutionary War, the Village of Fishkill held one of the largest Colonial military encampments. General Washington’s aide-de-camp where Alexander Hamilton is said to have taken residence. Thus, as you can imagine, the Village has a lot of history within its 32 square miles. Historic homes, and museums are present in Fishkill today to rediscover the past. Today, whether it’s history you’re looking for, waterpark thrills, or peaceful lakes and mountains, this small village offers it all!
Fishkill is located just over an hour drive from Manhattan which makes the village, and Dutchess County in general, a popular tourist destination. One of the main attractions of this little village is its water park. Splashdown Beach calls itself “America’s biggest little water park” that draws visitors from all over the region to cool off in this beautiful section of New York. Summer in Fishkill also offers a youth summer camp, Camp Moriah, named in honor of Mariah Carey who serves as a Board member of the camp. For three and a half weeks each summer, the camp offers students from 7th to 9th grade classes like film and photography, culinary arts, debate and international relations.
Along with the exciting attractions, Dutchess County houses some of the Hudson Highlands, filled with state parks and natural beauty. The Village of Fishkill is home to the highest point in the Hudson Highlands, Beacon Mountain. The peak of the mountain sits at nearly 1600’ along Fishkill Ridge and draws thousands of visitors each year. Hiking the mountain is said to be strenuous but worth it. If you’re looking for something easier, there are endless opportunities for trail walking, bike riding, and swimming in the area.
While the village has much to offer, locals say it’s not crowded or noisy though the village itself is growing. Fishkill is a desirable place to live with the quiet serene atmosphere and exciting hiking, and amusements nearby. Homebuyers are also drawn to the lower prices available in the area which is causing an increase in new home construction. Many homes in the area are single-family and due to the rural-ness of Fishkill, properties often have an on-site wastewater system (septic system). Maintaining a septic system is a crucial part to protecting the environment and conserving money.
In Dutchess County, the County of Behavioral and Community Health has sketches of all locations within the County and the location of the Septic Systems on those properties. You can simply go to the county website to find the location of yours. Wind River Environmental understands the importance of septic system maintenance which is why we have become experts in the industry! We’ve made it our job is to keep your septic system operating at its highest potential while protecting you, your family and the environment.
Wind River Environmental is Fishkill’s grease, septic, and drain cleaning expert. After all we pumped 120,083,237 gallons from septic tanks last year alone! We’re open 24/7 and well prepared to come to the rescue for emergency service or regular maintenance. Contact us to learn more about our services in the Village of Fishkill, NY, schedule service online, or visit our website and check out our blog to find out more about industry news and preventative maintenance!