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Hudson River Day 2012

Hudson River Day
Hudson River Day
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July 21, 2012

Hudson River Day is an annual event organized by multiple organizations that celebrates the Hudson River with a variety of entertainment, from kayak paddles to sails, from music to museum exhibits.

Following the model and success of the Riverkeeper Sweep, we are partnering with a diverse set of businesses and organizations from Manhattan to Albany to provide the public with a free or discounted river-based experiences. (See below.)

Riverkeeper volunteers will also visit about two dozen locations from Brooklyn to Troy to educate the public about water quality. And, Riverkeeper will be part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Clearwater’s festival on the Kingston Rondout waterfront, featuring music, historic vessels, art and more from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


  • Free seining at the Cohotate Preserve in Athens from 6-8 p.m. as part of the Hudson River Estuary Program’s Great Hudson River Fish Count. See what lives in the Hudson River, with Cornell Cooperative Extension‘s Agroforestry Resource Center and Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District. Please register with Liz LoGiudice (a Riverkeeper water quality volunteer) at 518 622-9820 x 0, or email her with questions at [email protected].
  • Free Hudson River Lighthouse Kayak Tour (bring your own kayak, or rent one from Kenco for half price) with the Kingston Paddle Pals kayak social network. Meet at 10 a.m. at Sleightsburgh Park, in the Town of Esopus, and paddle the Rondout Creek to Kingston Light House (novice) or the Hudson to Esopus Meadows Lighthouse (expert). Please bring paddles, drinking water, sunscreen, snack or lunch and a swimsuit if you would like to swim. Join Kingston Paddle Pals for more details.
  • Free seining at Flywheel Park in Piermont from 12-2 p.m. as part of the Hudson River Estuary Program’s Great Hudson River Fish Count, with Riverkeeper partners Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Contact Margie Turrin (a Riverkeeper water
    quality volunteer) at 845-638-3217, or email her with questions at
    [email protected].
  • Free Kayak Trip on the Rondout Creek (bring your own kayak and PFD) with the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Trip includes a crossing of the Hudson River, and is suitable only for experienced kayakers who know how to wet exit and self-rescue. Kayaks must be a 13.5-feet or greater with dual bulkheads. Pack lunch, water, bilge pump, paddle float and other necessary gear. Register for details by calling leader Mike Pettigrew at 845-489-5620.
  • Free Bannerman Island Kayak Tour (bring your own kayak) with Hudson River and Beyond Kayaking Club. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Cold Spring train station for this seven-mile trip suitable only for experienced paddlers. Join the meetup group for all the details.
  • Free Sailing with the Ossining Community Sailing Club, at Louis Engel Waterfront Park in Ossining. The Ossining Community Sailing Club will host free sails, leaving from the public dock, at 10 a.m. and noon, on Saturday, July 21. Space is limited. First come, first served.
  • Free Kayak Polo Introduction with New York Kayak Polo, at the Pier 66 Boathouse inside Hudson River Park at West 26th Street. This special introductory session starts at 11 a.m. and lasts about two hours. No experience necessary, but you must be able to swim. For information or reservations, email [email protected].


  • Half Priced Kayak Rentals, Guided Tours, Lessons, and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Programs with Hudson River Recreation at various Westchester County locations. Call 914-682-5135 for information.
  • Half Priced Kayak Rentals from Kenco, 1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston. Call 845-340-0552 for information.
  • Half Priced Kayak Rentals, at Eastern Mountain Sports, 2521 South Road, Poughkeepsie. Call 845-463-3207 for information.
  • Buy One, Get One Free Bannerman Island Kayak Tour at 10 a.m. with Storm King Adventure Tours in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Riverkeeper Outreach Coordinator Dana Gulley will be there. Will you? Call 845-534-7800 to reserve your spot.
  • 25% Off Weekend Sailing Courses with Hudson River Community Sailing, at Pier 66 Boathouse inside Hudson River Park at West 26th Street. Hudson River Community Sailing is offering 25% off to the public on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, for its weekend sailing courses, including Introduction to Sailing, Mixed Level Sailing, Taste of Sailing, and Sunset Sails. To take advantage of the discount, call 212-924-1920 and claim the Hudson River Day discount.


  • Hudson River History Sunset Kayak Tour with Atlantic Kayak Tours departs from the Annesville Paddlesport Center in Peekskill at 5 p.m. Explore the “southern Gate of the Highlands” with local folk historian Scott Craven. Learn about topics like the American Revolution as well as the Native American and Dutch influence in the area — plus everything from molasses, amusement parks, crayons, mothball fleets and massive explosions to The Wizard of OZ, Joe Namath and Pee Wee Herman. The cost is $60, and one-third of the price benefits Riverkeeper. Call 914-739-2588 for more information.

If you are interested in partnering with Riverkeeper, please contact Dan Shapley at [email protected] or 914-478-4501 x226.

Check the Hudson River Day website for a full list of Hudson River Day events.

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