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Paddle Around Peebles Island and Beyond

We will be paddling around Peebles Island.  This spot allows us unique views of the cliffs, from the base up.  If we are lucky we may see eagles and other wildlife, such as the deer of the island coming down to the water for a drink.

We will start at the Waterford Boat Launch area, paddle the Hudson River a short way then go up one side of the island and back down, around the east side and up the other side to see a remarkable natural phenomenon, for lack of the appropriate geologic term, a huge glacial pot hole carved out of the running water.  We will paddle as far as we can go on both sides of the island to the falls.  If time permits we can paddle north on the Hudson River to explore that part of the river.

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 light, glow sticks and paddle for an evening of fun


The access road to the boat launch area is just before the Waterford side of the entrance to the Peebles Island State Park (do not go over the bridge).  Take South Street to First Street and the boat launch is at the end of First Street.

If you have any trouble finding us, Karen's cell is[masked] and Dorothy's cell is[masked], feel free to call or text.  Cell phone coverage is good.  Look for a black Jeep Liberty and white Jeep Patriot!

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  • Marisol

    Great. Thanks Karen and Dorothy.

    1 · July 2, 2014

  • Karen

    Hi Group, We have a weather advisory for tonight's paddle. The winds are gusting to 30mph with white caps and swells. Depending on what the conditions are at 6:00, we may have to cancel. If it calms after the passing storm we will paddle, but Dorothy & I wanted you all to be aware of the conditions.

    1 · July 1, 2014

    • carol

      I am going to turn around while I have the chance here in Clifton park
      Hope to do this paddle again as it is a great one

      July 1, 2014

  • Margaret Finn H.

    I'm bummed but i have a sick baby at home. :(

    July 1, 2014

  • Terri

    Uggh! Not making tonight either. Enjoy!

    July 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see that I am off the waiting list - I will not be attending since I had made other plans. I will watch for the next time.

    July 1, 2014

  • Deb

    Sorry to cancel. Not feeling very well. I will catch you the next time.

    June 30, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    So Sorry I will have to miss this Paddle. I look forward to meeting the group next time.I hope someone else will fill my spot.

    June 30, 2014

  • Nanci

    Just found out I'll be working until 6 pm in Albany...unable to make this paddle.

    June 30, 2014

  • Tina M.

    Sorry, I have to back out. I fell and hurt my shoulder & arm. Not up to paddling.

    June 30, 2014

  • Mike K.

    Just a heads up. If you click on the link for directions, you will be taken to the wrong "First St." in Waterford, which has no water in sight. It seems to me that the place to actually want to go is here: 42°47'08.6"N 73°40'39.6"W

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • Karen

      Thanks Mike, it's fixed now. We will be at the boat launch at the end of 1st Street off Broad Street. (a left if heading away from the river, right if heading towards the river.)

      June 30, 2014

  • Karen

    Kate, if you look at the map you will see that the launch is at the end of First St. This area is called the Waterford Wall/Visitors Center/ Battery Park, cruisers & sail boats can tie up for an overnight stay. We will be at the confluence of the Hudson and the Mohawk rivers. From Broad Street(the main street in the Village of Waterford) if you are heading towards the River it will be a right turn, away from the river a left turn. Go to the end of the street to a paved lot w/ launch. That's where we'll be!

    June 30, 2014

  • Mike K.

    Does anyone know where we cab get glow sticks? Will a flashlight satisfy the "white light" requirement please?

    June 30, 2014

  • Margaret Finn H.

    I missed all the kayaking last year because I had a new addition. Can't wait to get out this year! :)

    June 11, 2014

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