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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 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)

June 25th: We’ll launch at the Walden Hannaford and travel to Popp’s Memorial. Bring waders because we expect some walking.

July 25th: State Line launch to a tbd takeout prior to the long straight away in Black dirt. Researching a place.
Aug. 20th: Tire clean up. Launching across from Orange Regional and taking out either at Thomas Bull. Limited parking at the launch site so coordinating car pools is important. We’re working on a flyer that covers all the minutiae.
Sept 17th: Depending on the weather, we’ll likely launch in Montegomery down to the dam and back to launch site.
These are all 9 am meet ups. I still need to get specific details about some places.  The email I’m using is for contact and info. What details would you like to include?


Riverkeeper is supporting the effort by providing stream walk resources and other tips.

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

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