"Far above the chilly waters of Lake Avalanche, at an elevation of 4,293 feet, is Summit Water, a minute, unpretending tear of the clouds, as it were, a lovely pool shivering in the breezes of the mountains, and sending its limpid surplus through Feldspar Brook and to the Opalescent River, the wellspring of the Hudson."
-- Verplanck Colvin, official surveyor, in his report to the New York State legislature, 1872.
Welcome to the Hudson River Watertrail
The Hudson River Watertrail Association is a coalition of small boaters, primarily human and wind powered, who are actively interested in the Hudson River as a treasure of natural and human history. The HRWA was formed in 1992 as an all-volunteer, non-profit environmental and recreational action group, with the specific goal of building a river trail from the Atlantic Ocean to Canada and promoting a low impact approach to the river. The group was born of the realization that the Hudson River was difficult to access or actively use by small car-top boaters, including those interested in multi-day trips on the river.
The Goals of the HRWA:
Developing a water trail from the mouth of the Hudson to the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence Seaway, providing a variety of overnight facilities every 10-12 miles. The trail is designed for limited-range boats. Paddlers currently have the use of a number of such facilities, some of which are available only to rivergoers.
Identifying, advocating for, and negotiating points of access to the river.
Maintaining the trail though local “river stewards” and other volunteers. The HRWA is always seeking additional volunteers to adopt specific sites.
Promoting an ethic of conservation and responsible, non-polluting use of the Hudson River and adjacent waters.
Promoting knowledge, access and recreational use of the Hudson River by car-top boaters.
Publishing the Hudson River Water trail Guide
Enjoying and promoting the river’s natural beauty, and its flora and fauna.
Purchase a Guide online today from our friends at NY Kayak Company.
Contributor Levels: $50 Contributor, $75 Patron, $100 and above Saint. You will receive all member benefits and be acknowledged as a contributor.
We have to, by law, notify contributors that their contribution is tax deductible only for that portion above basic membership costs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, any contribution above the basic membership levels is tax deductible.