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Summer Solstice Celebration at Kinderhook Lake

Summer Solstice and a  Super" Full Moon ....what more could you ask for.

Join us as we paddle Kinderhook Lake in the moonlight.

We will meet at the DEC boat launch area on Route 28 in Niverville.

Please be cognizant of these invasive species that are present in Kinderhook Lake as posted by DEC and wash your boat after this outing.  Eurasian Watermilfoil, Water Chestnut, Brittle Naiad

A few facts about Kinderhook Lake:  shoreline is 7.7 miles and is 1.6 miles in length.  The maximum depth is 32 feet and mean depth is 15 feet.

There are many types of fish that make the lake their home, including:  Northern Pike, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Fourspine Stickleback, White Perch, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye and many more.

In the early 1900's, travelers rode the train for hours to play along the shores of Kinderhook Lake. Getting to the lake in New York's Berkshires requires much less effort today, but its lure is just as strong as it was then.

Electric Park opened in 1901 on the shores of Kinderhook Lake. Admission to the park was free for roundtrip ticket holders (40 cents) on the Albany and Hudson Railway. All other visitors paid ten cents for admission to the park. The Albany and Hudson Railway Company owned Electric Park and the third rail was actually used to power the park's lights and some of the attractions. There were two Ferris wheels - a steam powered one outside the park that visitors could ride for five cents and an electric one inside the park included with park admission.

A carousel on an island in Kinderhook Lake lured visitors to the lake. A bridge led to the island and there was also a bridge that crossed the lake. Young men escorted their dates to the middle of the bridge then made it sway from side to side eliciting squeals of mock terror and delight. Squeals could also be heard coming from the wooden slide known as the "chute to chute," which could be traveled by floating carts in the summer and toboggans in the winter. The roller coaster rose over the surface of the lake. The supports for the coaster were sunk through holes in the frozen lake and can still be seen sticking out of the water today. In the winter ice was cut from the lake and stored in the park's icehouse for summer use. Electric Park included a dance hall, vaudeville theater shooting gallery, bowling alley and restaurant. It was in a "dry part" of the county, however, and residents joked that fathers would drop their families at the park and "go fishing for beer." There were six saloons around Kinderhook Lake and rented boats carried people to "rest areas" on islands in the lake.

  • Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
  • Please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain (thundershowers will cancel this event) or shine
  • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Don't forget your kayak, PFD (required), whistle, white light2 glow sticks and paddle for an evening of fun

Directions: From LL Bean at Colonie Center or use Map Quest

Take the I-87 S/New York State Thruway/I-90 W exit, EXIT 1E-W, toward New York/Buffalo. (0.2 mi)

Merge onto I-90 E via EXIT 1E on the left toward Albany/Boston. (19.8 mi)

Take the US-9 exit, EXIT 12, toward Hudson. (0.3 mi)

Turn right onto US-9 S.  (2.3 mi)

Turn left onto Main St (Route 28). There is a stop light at this intersection (Kinderhook Transmission and Steiners is on the right side just before the light)

Follow Route 28 for about 1.5 you enter Niverville the parking area is on the right once you have crossed the bridge.  If you get to the post office you have gone too far.

If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Cell phone coverage is good. Look for my black Jeep Liberty!


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  • Dorothy

    We are canceling outing.....too many thunder showers in the area.....see you next time

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Sharon

    Let me know if you would like to stop by my place instead, however I have no power...camping equipment time.

    June 24, 2013

  • Sharon

    No power in this area, Dorothy and Karen...and another round of tstorms on their way

    June 24, 2013

  • Marian

    T storm over new Lebanon now. I'm canceling maybe next time, thanks

    June 24, 2013

  • Nanci

    It takes me a about an hour to drive to Kinderhook, with the weather being so unpredictable, I think I will have to pass tonight. Thanks for organizing this!

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming from so far, I hear thunder here and do not want to risk the outing. Regrets and thank you! A great idea.

    June 24, 2013

  • Rose B.

    I'm not going! Thanks anyway!

    June 24, 2013

  • Rose B.

    I'm expecting to attend and I am not sure I can get back on a computer. I am borrowing this one at work since I don't have access. If it rains, I probably will not attend but I'll text you!

    June 24, 2013

  • Dorothy

    If there are thunderstorms at 7:00 PM the outing is canceled, otherwise we do go rain or shine. I will try to update later but since the showers do pop-up unexpectedly it is best to use your own judgement whether you want to drive to Kinderhook. Please update your attendance on meetup or send me email or text and let me know if you are not attending.

    Hope to see everyone later.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a bit concerned about the forecast. Will there be further updates during today?


    June 24, 2013

  • Gail M.

    Sadly, I don't must change my RSVP to no. Can't have my kayak on my car in the parking garage. Won't get home, and loaded in time to make it from Clifton Park. So sad. Enjoy everyone. I even had glow in the dark bracelets for us all.

    June 23, 2013

  • Terri

    Have to back out due to car problems. :-(

    June 23, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    Sorry I overbooked.

    June 23, 2013

  • Cathy Becker K.

    I would love to go but I don't have a kayak....

    June 22, 2013

  • Ellen

    Need to cancel unfortunately. Lost my glasses and too chancy to drive too far away especially at night.

    June 19, 2013

  • Eileen

    My schedule has filled up too much to make it. Very disappointed. But, I will see you at the next one! Have an awesome time!

    June 13, 2013

  • Gail M.

    hoping to get out of work early enough to join you. I will remove myself next wk if I am unable to make it.

    June 8, 2013

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