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Paddle Wappingers Creek -- Pleasant Valley to Poughkeepsie

Paddle Wappingers Creek: Pleasant Valley to Poughkeepsie

This is an 6-mile downriver paddle on a narrow, winding and scenic creek. It is a very pleasant paddle, but it is a creek so there are times where the water is shallow, rocky, ripples (one set of rapids) and there can be branches or fallen trees in the water. Note that this same section is used as the Pleasant Valley Water Derby on April 27th and that volunteers go through and clean out branches and brush before-hand, but don't take this for granted.

We will start at the Pleasant Valley Recreational Center at Cady Park on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley (behind Town Hall).

We will plan to take-out at the Overlook Road underpass for a six mile paddle on a weeknight.  It is possible to continue ahead a mile to the Greenvale Recreational Park at Rt 376 in Poughkeepsie, or two miles to the Best Western Inn in Red Oak Mills (note this final section is not used in the derby and will likely have fallen trees that may be encountered in the dark).

The goal is Pleasant Valley to Overlook Road, but as we need to shuttle cars anyhow we can decide at the put-in if participants want to take a longer route. Either way pack a headlamp, so you don't get stuck in the dark.

Kayak Rentals Available.

Contact Mike at [masked]

Meetup times:

5pm - Meet up at Cady Park Rt. 44 Pleasant Valley, shuttle cars

5:30pm: Launch.

Distance - 6 miles

Time - 3 hours (headlamps might be needed)

Class I-II (low water levels possible) Mainly calm, gentle flowing water, one set of rapids. Possible debris / short portages.

Special Gear / Requirements: Kayak, lifevest, drinks :), headlamp


NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps, tide charts and route features carefully; have confidence in your swimming and self-rescue ability and know where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. In keeping with club philosophy this is your adventure, organizers organize the event but are not tour guide or trip leaders.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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  • John

    Picturesque paddle, fun little rapids, not so fun rocks and nice people...

    May 15, 2013

  • Sue

    I had a really nice evening. Thanks!

    May 14, 2013

  • Lori B.

    A great paddle down Wappingers Creek with fun people! Thanks Nelson for making this happen.

    May 14, 2013

  • marie

    Sorry to cancel late. It's just not going to work.

    May 14, 2013

  • Larry A

    So very sorry to cancel last minute. I totally scewed up on my timing. Hope to catch y'all next time.

    May 14, 2013

  • Charles J.

    Sorry guys, got to work late today. Have fun yaking!

    May 14, 2013

  • Dorothy


    May 14, 2013

  • josefa R.

    Sorry have to cancel, still recuperating from a cold.

    May 14, 2013

  • Mike K.

    My plans changed and I have to back out, but Nelson agreed to lead this trip. I will still meet everyone at the put-in and help to shuttle cars, but then will need to jet to a meeting. It's a good paddling trip.

    May 14, 2013

  • Matt H

    Wapp Creek is almost at flood stage in Pleasant Valley ... which is the perfect conditions for this paddle (limited rapids, plenty of maneuverability). Everyone will have a blast!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Mary-Ellen

    have to be out of town

    May 11, 2013

  • Jenna D.

    I can't go because I have court from a ticket I got 3 years ago and they are just getting back to me now! So, rich Iuele will be brining my granola bars! The flavor will be almond/blueberry/cranberry/white chocolate. They will be $4 a bar if anybody wants one!

    May 10, 2013

  • Matt H

    Looks like I'll be in Toronto then

    May 8, 2013

  • Johanna van G.

    Is anyone coming from NYC or could I get a ride from the train station of your choosing :-) Obviously, I'll chip in for travel costs..

    May 6, 2013

  • Debbie Q

    Gonna be out of town for most of May.

    May 5, 2013

  • Lori B.

    Can you send me your info again for renting a kayak? I'm gonna try Paypal this time if that works for you.

    April 22, 2013

  • Dorothy

    maybe :).. last yr this was a fun obstacle course

    1 · April 2, 2013

    • Dorothy

      oh yeah and we definitely needed headlamps

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • Debbie Q

    This sounds awesome and is really close to home for me. I'm just a little confused on how we get back to our cars?

    April 2, 2013

    • Mike K.

      We're going to shuttle cars when we meet at 5pm, so that there will be cars at the finish and then we'll drive drivers back to the cars at the put-in to retrieve whatever cars are left behind.

      April 2, 2013

    • Debbie Q

      that sounds like a good plan, thanks!

      April 2, 2013

  • Johanna van G.

    Depending on transportation

    April 2, 2013

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