2014 NYSDEC Canoe Program Schedule
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM - Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve offers FREE educational canoe trips at selected sites along the Hudson River Estuary. Learn about tidal marsh ecology, Hudson River research, and challenges facing estuarine habitats. Trips average 3.5 hours including orientation and paddling instruction.
DIRECTIONS and links to interactive maps are in right-hand column.
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To ensure access to as many people as possible, please limit your participation to one trip per season. If you sign up for more than one trip we will cancel all but the earliest reservation.
Ages six and up welcome. No more than two children under sixteen per adult.
- No experience necessary
One trip per person, reservation required
Canoes, paddles and safety gear provided
For safety reasons, we do not allow additional boats to join our group
Bring food, water, hat and sunscreen
Prepare to be knee-deep in water - wear old sneakers or sturdy water shoes - no flip flops!
Help us reduce the number of "no-shows" and ensure that as many people as possible get to experience the magic of these places. Please contact us as early as possible to change or cancel your trip at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 889-4745 x106.
Programs generally run rain or shine, but we may cancel a trip if high winds, heavy rain, or thunderstorms are predicted. Call (845) 889-4745 x106 to check on your trip's status. For a morning trip call the night before. For an afternoon trip call the morning of the trip.
Watch for herons and eagles as we explore Columbia County's Stockport Creek. Weather permitting, we paddle to an island featuring bank swallows and a great swimming beach.
Stockport Flats is the northernmost site in the Hudson River Research Reserve. It is located on the east shore of the river in Columbia County, a few miles north of the city of Hudson, in the towns of Stockport and Stuyvesant.
Tivoli North Bay
This fascinating tidal marsh in Dutchess County offers spectacular plants, interesting wildlife, and scenic views of the Catskills. Witness its unique sights, sounds, and smells as you wander through one of the most amazing protected sites on the Hudson. Paddle on winding tidal channels with Reserve naturalists. (Photo: Rebecca Houser)
Paddle through this marshy maze with Reserve naturalists. nestled in the Hudson Highlands adjacent to Bear Mountain State park, this wetland features flowering marsh plants, sunning snapping turtles, and soaring vultures.
NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve
For more info about the Reserve, click here or call 845-889-4745.
For more info about canoe trips or other estuary events, click here.
To learn more about NYSDEC, see: www.dec.ny.gov
Please limit your participation to one trip per season. If you sign up for more than one trip we will cancel all but the earliest reservation.
Scroll down below written directions for links to Google Maps for sites.
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This is on west side of Hudson River, just south of Bear Mountain Bridge. Travel to Bear Mountain traffic circle and turn right onto 9W south. About one mile south of turn-off for Bear Mountain Inn, the road flattens out. Look for and make left-hand turn onto Iona Island Causeway. This road cuts directly through tidal wetlands. Drive about ½ mile. Park just before railroad tracks near kiosk.
View Iona Island Map
(Columbia County north of Hudson)
From the south: Travel north on Route 9 through city of Hudson. After leaving the city, the road travels down long hill, then goes over Stockport Creek. After crossing bridge, take immediate left onto Station Road. Travel about one mile until road dead-ends at river.
From the north: Take Route 9 through town of Stuyvesant and make right turn onto Station Road immediately before bridge crossing Stockport creek. Travel about one mile until road dead-ends at river.
View Stockport Flats Map
Tivoli North Bay
(Dutchess County south of Tivoli)
From SOUTH of Tivoli: Take 9G north and pass Bard College signs and sign for route 103. Pass sign on left for NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area, then turn left onto Kidd Lane. Turn left at another sign for NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. Follow dirt access road down hill approximately 0.7 miles and park in second parking area on right (first parking area is at beginning of access road).
From NORTH of Tivoli: Take 9G south. Pass signs for Route 78 and town of Tivoli. Go approximately one more mile and turn right onto Kidd Lane. Turn left at sign for NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. Follow dirt access road down hill approximately 0.7 miles and park in second parking area on right (first parking area is at beginning of access road).
NOTE: Please do not park at the cul-de-sac at the bottom of the hill. With the exception of official vehicles, that area is reserved for loading and unloading only.
View Tivoli North Bay Map