Environmental Protection commissioner Carter Strickland announced Friday that the 2012 recreational boating season on New York City reservoirs was the most successful to date.

The expanded recreational boating access kicked off over the Memorial Day weekend and attracted hundreds of residents and visitors to the Neversink, Pepacton, Schoharie, and Cannonsville reservoirs over the summer.

The boating season, which ended on Columbus Day, saw nearly 1,000 boat tags issued, of which 45 percent went to individuals from outside of the watershed and 10 percent went to individuals from outside of New York State.

The Pepacton reservoir was the most popular launch site with over 650 permits issued, followed by the Neversink, Cannonsville and Schoharie.