Richardson Street, Glens Falls, NY
This unique paddling experience will take us right through the nitty gritty of downtown Glens Falls through the historic feeder canal. Don Seauvageau, one of our experienced paddlers and historian, will lead the way. We will end the day at a famous Glens Falls brewery/restaurant...Davidson Brothers.
Car pooling is a good idea...possible meeting spot would be Clifton Park Park N Ride.
To get to the launch, get off Exit 18 and go East 1/2 mile to Richardson Street. Turn right and drive another 1/2 miles to the end of the street.
This is a one way trip so we will be taking cars to the takeout spot before launching.
The Feeder Canal is steeped in history. It was built in 1824 to bring water the Hudson River at Glens Falls and carry it Eastward about 7.5 miles to the highest point on the Champlain Canal. This water assured adequate levels in the Champlain Canal, both North to Lake Champlain and South to its junction with the Hudson at Fort Edward. The first feeder canal and dam constructed in 1822 at Fort Edward were abandoned after a flood destroyed the dam. In 1824 a new dam was built across the Hudson River upstream from Wings Falls(now Glens Falls) and construction of a new feeder canal began; it ran seven miles Eastward to join the Champlain Canal guaranteeing adequate water at its summit between Locks 8 and 9. In 1842 the canal was widened and deepened to accommodate barge traffic. Mills and factories soon lined the banks and the canal became a major shipping route for the next 100 years.
The takeout is at Boat Basin Park on Martindale Avenue Hudson Falls. Martindale Avenue runs West to East between Main Street (US $) and Burgoyne Avenue (County Route 37) crossing the canal about .1 miles East of Main Street. Here, on the site of a filled in basin, there docks, benches and a small park, as well as room to park a number of cars.
After the paddle, say around 3ish, we will plan to go to the famous Davidson Brothers Brewery in downtown Glens Falls for some grub and brews....they have a great outdoor patio.
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