Via the NY Outdoors Blog:
The Hudson River Valley Greenway has announced the availability of an interactive Water Trail map
on the newly updated and re‐designed Hudson River Greenway Water Trail
website. The redesigned website features a map of the water trail using
Google Map, as well as information pages for water trail users and
current and potential site owners, a page on currently designated
sites, location and use of kayak storage racks, water trail grants, and
a chronicle of this year’s Great Champlain‐Hudson Paddle.
The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail is a small boat trail along
portions of the lower Hudson River and is a component of the Hudson
River Greenway Trail System. The Water Trail contains access points
(launches), campsites and day use sites (attractions) along 256 miles
of the Hudson River and Champlain Canal. The trail begins in Whitehall,
Washington County and in Hadley, Saratoga County and ends at Battery
Park in Manhattan. Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the
Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, “The interactive map includes a
comprehensive list of public access launch sites along the 256‐mile
Hudson River Greenway Water Trail. The map provides paddling
enthusiasts ready information about Water Trail sites and is a tool
they can use to help plan their river adventures.
Visit www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us for more information about the Greenway and its programs.
This makes it a heck of a lot easier to figure out where the launch point for canoes and kayaks are, as they are often not marked all that well. Kudos to all the folks at the Hudson River Greenway for making this happen.
Last night Jim and I decided to take advantage of the evening and do the 7.5 mile stretch of wappingers creek that runs near my house. There is only one put in, and one take out, between water falls, and it’s a one way trip down stream, so you need to plan with 2 cars.
For those that haven’t noticed, we’ve gotten nearly 10 inches of rain this month, so the river level is high, and thus pretty fast still. There is only one section of this that I think you could call white water, which occurs about a mile in. But it’s in a wide part of the river and very straight, so you just don’t let it turn you around. The real challenges of the trip were the whirl pools, which there are many. As we were in 14.5 ft boats, they are more susceptible to being turned around, which you want to avoid at all costs (my shoulder is going to be sore from a last minute recovery the one time I nearly got spun around). There are also 2 low trees that you need to get your positioning right on (failure to do that on the first one got me a little wet, though not out of my boat), and one log jam that I had to just bump up into then muscle over a log to get back into the main flow.
Over the course of the trip we saw Malards, and Wood Ducks, adult and babies. At one point we kicked up 40 or so wood ducklings that led us down the river for 2 miles until they finally figured out they could go to the shore to get out of our way. It was pretty cool to see that flock of wood ducklings splash away in front of us. We also managed to see a beaver swimming across, as well as a couple of great blue herrons hanging out in a large dead tree towards the end of the journey. A beautiful site at sunset.
I only got my arm wet as I dodged under the first low tree, but Jim did manage to get fully out of his boat right before put out, as he got a little close to a tree that took him out. Overall it was a great 2 hour evening boating adventure. We’ll definitely do it again, though it wouldn’t hurt to let the water level go down just a bit so the tree dodging isn’t so bad.
From our vacation last month. Something about the juxtaposition of muscle car vs. self propelled boat amuses me.
This is how I spent my anniversary, with my wife Susan on the Otter Creek in Vermont. A nice 4.5 hour kayak trip, totally 9.5 miles. We stopped about half way through for a picnic lunch which included the last of our wedding cake (lemon cheesecake with white chocolate frosting). And it was still mighty tasty!