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Wallkill River Watershed Alliance 2017 Boat Brigade schedule announced

Wallkill River Watershed Alliance Boat Brigade. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)

The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, in partnership with New Paltz Kayaking Tours, will host a third year of public paddles on the Wallkill River. Boat Brigades are kayak outings designed both to enjoy and celebrate the river, and to investigate and report any problems that are observed.

Please bring a small notebook and pen, a phone with GPS and camera if you feel comfortable (recognizing that you will be on the water, and are responsible for your own property). Also wear footwear that allows portage in shallow water. Be aware that you are responsible for your own safety.

The Ulster County, you may bring your own boat, or reserve one from New Paltz Kayaking Tours. Owner Craig Chapman, an Alliance member and supporter, can be reached at 845-594-6353. The schedule is as follows, with all events taking place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays:

  • Thursday, May 18: Popps Memorial Park, Wallkill (Town of Shawangunk)
  • Thursday, June 15: Sojourner Truth Park, New Paltz
  • Thursday, July 20: DEC Boat Launch, Springtown Road, Rosendale
  • Thursday, August 17: Popps Memorial Park, Wallkill (Town of Shawangunk)
  • Thursday, September 21: TBA (part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble)

In Orange County, all events are Bring Your Own Boat (unless otherwise noted), and will take place at 9 a.m. on Sundays. For questions about Orange County paddles, please contact Archie at ocboatbrigade@gmail.com. These are the departure points:

  • Sunday, May 28: Thomas Bull Memorial Park (Town of Montgomery)
  • Sunday, June 25: Thruway Shopping Center Plaza (78 Oak Street) in Walden
  • Sunday, July 23: Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge (Oil City Road/State Line Road, at the NY/NJ state line)
  • Sunday, August 20: Tire cleanup. Middletown boat launch (E. Main Street, near corner of Phillipsburg Road, near Crystal Run healthcare facility)
  • Sunday, Sept. 17: TBD (part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble)

 

Riverkeeper is supporting the effort by providing stream walk resources, assisting in reports of pollution concerns, and in communications.

To learn more, visit wallkillalliance.org or follow the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance on Facebook.

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