Cold Spring Kayak Club Launch Sites

Directions to Local Paddling Sites

Basha Kill aka Basher Kill

84 west to 17 west/north (Binghamton exit); 17 to exit 113 (Wurtsboro ); left turn to 209 south there are a few access points, the one with the most parking is as follows: From Rt 17, go 1.8 miles down 209, turn left on Haven Road (there will be a brown/yellow DEC sign) follow Haven Road 1/2 mile (over and past 1 lane bridge) to South Road. Make a right turn and take this 1.8 miles also. There will be a launch on the right (room for about 20 cars).

Chodikee Lake

A 63 acre lake set in a wildlife-rich marsh. Located about 3-4 miles east of New Paltz in the Town of Lloyd (Highland).

From the eastern shore of the Hudson ... Take I-84 to 9W North. Turn left onto Route 299 and go 1.3 miles to Chodikee Lake Road. Right onto Chodikee Lake Road and go 1.0 mile to a T. Turn left and go 0.9 mile to the boat access road on the right (brown-and-yellow DEC sign will be on the left).

From the western shore of the Hudson ... Take the NYS Thruway north to Exit 18 (New Paltz /Poughkeepsie). Take Rte 299 east 4.5 miles to Chodikee Lake Road, turn left, and continue as stated above.

Hint: Park sign is on left of road opposite launch site

Cold Spring - Foundry Cove

(kayak launch to paddle into Constitution Marsh)

Near the foot of Main Street in Cold Spring, turn left, then right to cross bridge over RR tracks. Turn left into Metro North parking lot. Launch site is to the right of the parking lot. Park in the lot on weekends, inside the launch area during the week.

Cold Spring Launch site. Next to the Cold Spring Train Station. Great place to start kayaking in Cold Spring. You can park for free on weekends at the Cold Spring Train Station, and launch in the Hudson River. If you want to go into Constitution Marsh, note you want to go close to low tide for starting and returning. Nice trips include general trip on the Hudson River. Scenic area that is the home base for CSKC.

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center

From the North: Take the Taconic Parkway south to Route 301 west. Continue on 301 west to the end at Cold Spring. Take a left onto Route 9D south. Approximately 2 miles down the road, take a right onto Indian Brook Road. Go down Indian Brook Road about 1/2 mile and look for the National Audubon parking area on the right hand side. Park and walk to your right. Walk through the gates and down the hill to the nature center.

From the South: Take the Taconic Parkway north, exit onto Route 301 going west to Cold Spring. At the Cold Spring traffic light, go left onto Route 9D and follow directions above from Route 9D.

Constitution Marsh Trip to Falls

about 4 miles round trip Drop in Point: Foundry Dock Park, Cold Spring Length of trip: approx. 3 - 4 hours Best drop in time: 2 hours before high tide, needed in order to get under bridge at launch/takeout site and to get to the falls in shallow creek and back under bridge at launch/takeout site.

Cautions: To get into Constitution Marsh, the tide can not be high since you need to duck under a train bridge. To reach the waterfall, the tide needs to be high to follow the small stream that reaches the waterfall. To get back, the tide needs to be high.

Constitution Marsh is often closed in winter during duck hunting season. Check and notice on web found for when marsh is closed to kayakers/canoers at . Once in the marsh: head south/east toward dike. Once through, paddle to the right (South) and head south again through channel following white buoys. The buoys head south again, (there are buoys that head toward the Constitution Marsh Visitor Center) on the left once in the larger marsh.

Going to the Falls: Follow the buoys south on the right side of the marsh past a trestle and hug the right side around the right to the "creek" that goes to the falls. There is a beach for picnicking, pictures and a dip (in heat of summer) also a hiking trail to the top of the falls.

Croton River

Take Route 9, exit at the Croton Avenue exit, toward the Metro North station. Turn left toward the parking lots on your right and left, but keep travelling south past the lots, past the storage barns, to the end. This is a public launch, and from here, one can paddle east into the Croton River or west into the Hudson. Watch the tides -- this is a shallow area.

Croton-Harmon Train Station Boat Launch

Excellent for taking a one or two hour trip up the Croton River, or if tide is medium or less, heading into the Hudson River under the train bridge. Note that you want to also return at less than medium tide if you head into the Hudson River.

I typically go for one or two hours if I head into the Croton River. You get a nice view of Van Cortlandt Manor on the left (North).

A nice part of the trip is there is a mild current down river, so at the distance midpoint, you can basically drift downstream to return. In January and February, there are Bald Eagles to be seen. In the summer, people often swim, but note the water is cold regardless of time of year.

To get there: Go to Croton-Harmon train station, and keep driving all the way to the end. I have not heard of any tickets for boaters if you park next to the boat launch.

Seize the Carp. Carpe Carpio.

People also fish in both the Hudson River and the Croton River. The fishing can be excellent for striped bass, carp, and others. Carpe Carpio for those who prefer Latin.


Esopus Island Highland Landing launch.

The park is located on the west side of the Hudson, north of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and north of Mariner's Restaurant.

From the east: take Rte 55 across Mid-Hudson Bridge, take exit that splits to the right heading north. At first stop light turn right [Haviland Rd], take first left onto Mile Hill Rd and head all the way down to the river. Make sure you stay on Mile Hill Rd as the road splits a couple of times, especially near the bottom [always head downhill].

From the south: Take Rte 9W into Highland (you will pass Hannafords on the right), go under the Mid-Hudson Bridge. At first stop light turn right [Haviland Rd], take first left onto Mile Hill Rd and head all the way down to the river. Make sure you stay on Mile Hill Rd as the road splits a couple of times, especially near the bottom [always head downhill].

From the north: Take 9W south into Highland, past Rte 299, past the Hamlet of Highland, until you come to the light at Dunkin Donuts (on the left), turn left at this stop light [Haviland Rd], take first left onto Mile Hill Rd and head all the way down to the river. Make sure you stay on Mile Hill Rd as the road splits a couple of times, especially near the bottom [always head downhill].


To reach Emeline Park take the Palisades Parkway to Exit 12. Take Rt.202 E to 9W S to New Main St. Take left on New Main St., continue to the end, bear right at the park. Haverstraw Kayak Launch: From the Bear Mountain traffic circle , travel south on 9W , proceed south 2 traffic lights (do not count the firehouse blinker) ... at the 2nd " real " traffic light, make a left and take this east to the river... the road then turns south (along the river), before turning west briefly; continue, until you see the launch.

Great Swamp, Putnam County

Get map from NY DEC Friends Of The Great Swamp

*Patterson Environmental Park*

South St. across from the old One Room Schoolhouse in Patterson, which is on the grounds of the Carmel Central School District offices. From Interstate 84, take the Patterson exit. (This is east of the Taconic Pkwy and west of I-684). Follow Rt. 311 north into the hamlet of Patterson. Turn right onto South St. (Look for Burke's Pub on left.). Follow South St. to the Carmel School District Administration Bldg. on your right. Launch is across the street, across RR tracks and down a narrow bumpy road. Exercise caution when crossing the Metro North tracks.

*Green Chimneys *

1.8 miles east of Route 22 on Old Doansburg Road (Putnam Lake Road) at the Southeast/Patterson town line. Call for information: 845-279-2995. It is possible to launch from Patterson and paddle with the current to Green Chimneys. However, there are several downed trees necessitating portages, as well as beaver dams that are difficult to clear if the water level is low. If you wish to avoid the portages, launch at Green Chimneys and paddle to the right until you encounter the blockages.

Lake Sebago ACA Camp

From the NY Thruway 287/87, heading North from NYC or the Tappan Zee Bridge get off at Exit 15-A, the Sloatsburg exit. Note: this exit is only a few years old and may not be found on some maps, also, unless you have 18 wheels, there are no tolls yet in that direction, no matter what your map says. Continue North on Rt 17, turn right onto Seven Lakes Drive and continue 3.3 miles until on your left you see a small sign marked ACA on a one lane dirt road. Carefully continue up this road and bear to your right when you see the sign ADK on another locked road (that's the Adirondack Mountain Club, who also maintains a camp on the lake). You will then see an ACA sign; continue through the road down the hill to the main parking lot. If you are looking for the ACA road and find yourself on a little bridge (actually a dam) or a traffic oval, you have gone too far. Don't worry about it, almost everyone misses it the very first time. THIS IS IMPORTANT: The ACA camp rules require you to sign in at the HillTop Lodge/Al Musial Pavilion, next to the camp's only pay phone. There is usually an ACA day use fee, please pay this fee!!!! It is waived on Open House days. From the Bear Mountain Bridge area: Take Route 6 east to the first traffic circle. Pick up Seven Lakes Drive toward Lake Tiorati. The second traffic circle will be at Lake Tiorati -- continue on Seven Lakes Drive with the lake on your left. The third traffic circle will be Kenawauke -- again, stay on Seven Lakes Drive and follow the signs toward Lake Sebago. You will pass the Sebago beach, a number of group camps, and the Sebago boat launch. After the Drive crosses a small dam, start looking on the right for the one-lane road described above. If you reach the Visitors' Center on Seven Lakes Drive, you went too far.

Kingston Point Beach

From the NYS Thruway: Take Exit 19 (Kingston). From the Kingston Thruway Traffic Circle, take Route 587 (Locally called Colonial Chandler Drive) towards Broadway/Kingston. At the stop light, proceed straight onto Broadway. Follow Broadway to the Eighth light. Take a left at Stewart?s onto Delaware Avenue. Follow Delaware Avenue over the Route 9W overpass and veer to the right. Continue to follow Delaware Avenue down a series of hills until you reach the Hudson River. Kingston Point Beach and Boat Launch will be on your left.

Malden Mini-Park

Just north of Saugerties, turn right into Malden. Head for the Malden mini park. Launch site:

Norrie Point

Route 9 north to just past Hyde Park in the town of Staatsburg. You'll see the sign for Norrie State Park on the left. Signs will lead you to the marina where there is a launching ramp and restrooms. North/South Lake From South: NYS Thruway (I-87) Exit 20 at Saugerties. Follow Rte. 32 north for approximately 6 miles to Rte. 32A to Rte. 23A west. Stay on Rte. 23A to the village of Haines Falls. Make first right turn in Haines Falls onto County Rte. 18, campground entrance is 2 miles to the end of the road. From North: NYS Thruway (I-87) Exit 21 at Catskill. Left on Rte. 23 east to Rte. 9W south. Follow Rte. 9W through Catskill to Rte. 23A. Follow 23A west to Haines Falls. Make first right turn in Haines Falls onto County Rte. 18, campground entrance is 2 miles to end of the road.

Norwalk Islands, CT

Directions - take Exit 16 off I-95 East Norwalk. Go south on East Ave. 0.05 mile to a small cemetery on left. Go left at south end of cemetery then make a quick right onto Gregory Blvd. Follow Gregory through traffic light. Turn right on Second St. (first street after the light). Follow to the end of street. Launch on beach at end of street. Park on surrounding streets. Onteora Lake

Plum Point

Take the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge west to exit10S bear right,make a right at 9W south. Second left at the Historic Newburgh sign, straight thru the light and bear right onto Water St., nice views of the Hudson. Go to 9W south, left lane and make a left between Newburgh Toyota and Bowling Time into Kowasee/Plum Point. Hint: Pay attention to the signs: go to the portion of the park that does NOT require permits.

Poughkeepsie Boat House

Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary Rt 84 west to 87 north (NYS Thruway ) to exit 21. Take Rt.23 east , this turns into Main Street, for 1 1/2 miles. Dutchman's landing will be on the left, just before the river; plenty of parking , cement boat launch. We will paddle south from Dutchman's (rivermile 112.4 w ) to Ramshorn Creek (111.6 w ), then into the sanctuary. Rider Park/Ryder Park On 32 just South of the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge turn East (Roberti?s Boat Supplies is on corner) on Ulster Landing Road. Ryder Park is just North of Post Park. Hint: It is spelled ?Rider? on google maps, but ?Ryder? from signs on the Hudson.

Rondout Creek, Kingston

*Freer Park Launch Site* Just South of the 9W Bridge over the Rondout Creek: Continue pass the stop light to Canal Street. Turn East down to the park. Hint: Shallow Beach?best to launch only near high tide unless you like muck. *Rondout Creek Boat Launch (often referred to as ?Creek Locks Launch*?) Take Abeel Street West from the Rondout area of Kingston. Turn right onto Creeks Lock Road, just before the blue bridge. Go 0.3 miles then vear left at the ?Y?. The launch is 0.7 miles ahead.

*Sleightsburg Launch Site*

Just South of the 9W Bridge over the Rondout Creek. Turn East at the stop light onto North Broadway..Signs may be down due to construction. Pass by the River View Condos. Right onto 1st Avenue. Left on Everson and follow signs to launch (1 lane road, so look aheadunless you are good at backing up)


Directions to the put-in at Tivoli, NOT to be confused with the Tivoli Bays put-in! From the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge: Follow route 199 to the intersection of 9G. Turn left (north) on 9G and go about 5 miles to county road 78. There is no traffic light at this intersection and you have to be careful and look for signs. Turn left (west) onto county road 78. From Taconic State Parkway: Turn west onto route 199 and follow it all the way through Red Hook to the traffic light at the intersection of route 9G. Turn right (north) onto route 9G and go about 3 miles or so to the intersection of county road 78. Turn left (west) onto CR 78. Again, be careful and look for signs as there is no traffic light at this intersection. To continue for both bridge and parkway routes: Follow route CR 78 all the way through the village of Tivoli and down a long hill. The put-in is at the bottom of this hill, on the left. Look for a little road that crosses the railroad tracks. If necessary, unload your boats near the water, then drive back over the tracks to park your car.

Tivoli Bays

Tivoli Bays is located on the East side of the Hudson River North of Poughkeepsie by about 26 miles > /From the South/ If taking Route 9 (it's about 26 miles from the north end of Poughkeepsie), you can either take 9G at its beginning just north of Poughkeepsie (access from Route 9 - nice and scenic) and follow it all the way up, or continue north on Route 9 until it intersects with Route 199 (in Red Hook). If on Route 9, you will turn left onto Route 199 to go West 1.8 miles. At the intersection of 199 and 9G, you will turn right to go north on 9G and travel for 3.5 miles. You will pass a DEC park sign for Tivoli Bays on your left - BUT THAT IS NOT THE ENTRANCE you will be taking. The road you will be turning onto is another 8/10 of a mile north. You will turn off 9G onto KIDD LANE, a left turn. There is brown wooden fencing on your right, and a red barn-type building on your left at the corner where you turn. * Travel on Kidd Lane for a half mile and the park entrance will be on your left. Once in the park, you will travel down the dirt road for a mile to a cul-de-sac where we will take our boats off our cars and hopefully there will be room for us to leave our cars parked there. If there isn't any parking, once we unload our boats, the closest parking area is a half mile back up the dirt road (you will have passed it -- it's where an old, white broken down barn is). > /From the Taconic State Parkway/ Exit at Route 199 and travel West on Route 199 approximately 9.3 miles to the 199/9G intersection. You will right through the town of Red Hook. * Continue as detailed above. > /From points North of Tivoli/ Take 9G South. Pass signs for 78 and town of Tivoli. Go approximately one more mile and turn right onto KIDD LANE. * Continue as detailed above. >From West Shore (Glasco Landing): From Route 199 (the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge Road) take Route 32 north 5 miles to Glasco Turnpike (Route 32). Turn right at the red brick house. Half mile to the river, turn right at the water treatment plant. Ramp launch; temporary toilets. />From East Shore (traveling from Kingston):/ East Across Rhinecliff Bridge (199), north on 9G IF launching from DEC launch site directly into North Bay... turn left onto to Kidd Road (Lots of stairs; difficult) BETTER TO continue North on 9G pass Kidd Road just over another 1/2 mile. Left onto Broadway (78) into Tivoli, left onto Diana Street to the end, crossing the RR tracks to unload & park Paddle South... North Bay is behind Magdalen Island (2 entrances under RR bridges) South Bay is just South of Cruger Island (3 entrances under RR bridges)

Wappinger Creek

Launch at Reese Park. From Rte 9-D turn onto CR-28 (New Hamburg Road) for almost a mile. Just before the creek, make a right onto Creek Road. Continue for a mile. Just past the entrance to Reese Park (on your right), you will see parking and the launch site on your left.

Walkill River, New Paltz

/Plains Rd Launch East on Route 299 in the Village of New Paltz. Follow Main St/299 all the way through village to the last street on the left before the bridge over the Wallkill. This is Water St. Turn left onto Water St and go to the stop sign. Bear to the right onto Plains Rd. Go approx. 1/4 to 1/2 mile on the right. You will see the launch on the right and you can pull down to the water to launch./

*Perrine?s Bridge-Walkill River


White Pond

Route 301 east to Farmers Mills Road (Route 42). Turn left, continue to White Pond Road. Turn left, travel a short distance to pond on your left.