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The Guide

The Hudson River Watertrail Guide is the definitive manual for quiet exploration of the Hudson River. The main section, “Places and Features,” is a mile-by-mile descriptive listing of location of use and interest to paddlers and sailors, such as where one can hand-launch a small boat, where to stop for a bite or a stretch, or where to pitch your tent for the night.

The second describes day and weekend trips from the New York City area, followed by a general list of tips and tidbits for the Hudson paddler. The fourth section offers some information about the natural environment from a paddler’s viewpoint, and the fifth a few words on the Hudson’s geology. The final section, written by Craig Poole, explains the river’s tides and currents. The Guide is updated periodically.

The 2003 edition of The Guide (the 6th Edition!) has been completely re-written from top to bottom. It still includes all the above information, but we have redone all of the charts to more accurately reflect the current state of the Hudson River. Guides can be purchased as several outfitters along the Hudson or online from the New York Kayak Company.


  • Preface
  • Places and Features - mile-by-mile descriptive listing
  • Day and Weekend Trips
  • Rivercraft
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Rocks and Relief
  • General References
  • Tides and Currents by Craig Poole
  • Updated launch and camp site listing
  • About the Hudson River Watertrail Association
Last update: Monday, October 06, 2014
@ 2010 Hudson River Watertrail Association