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.

Paddle for A Cure Photo Gallery

Our 2016 event was a huge success and we raised more money for charity than ever before, paddling and partying on the Hudson River.



Visit our news-blog to find out what’s going on along the water trail.

NYC Kayaker List

The NYCKayaker email list is devoted to kayak, canoe, rowing, and swim events, activities and information of interest to those in the New York metropolitan area and the region.

River Keeper

Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.