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SUNSET KAYAKING: Lower Wappingers Creek into the Hudson & short waterfall hike

Paddling Wappingers Creek Mouth

Paddle the creek as it enters the Hudson & short hike to Wappingers Falls



This is a short paddle that explores the terminus of the Wappinger Creek as it drains into the Hudson River. The water will be tidal as it meets the Hudson.

It's a nice little paddle that offers nice views of the creeks' steep bank that has prevented development. We'll paddle as far north as we can on the creek passing by the old bleachery which in its heydey almost a century ago employed over 1,000 people but then was abandoned for decades and only recently is starting to see a rebirth. Just past here we'll disembark briefly for a short scramble to take in the views of the falls that gave the village its name and then return to our boats and try to time it to watch the sunset over the Hudson River from under the Train Bridge.



 

Many birds and wildlife reside here, including the invasive species the water chestnut, which may make paddling difficult along the shore (the current carves a nice paddling stream in the center). We'll paddle downstream, into the Hudson and circumnavigate an island with interesting development and then turn around for the return paddle.

Located at the confluence of Hunter Brook and the Wappinger Creek Estuary, Reese Park consists of 30 acres of woodlands, fields, and streams. It is a prime observatory for many species of woodpeckers, native herbs, and New York’s native trees. Reese Park is also home to a small pond teeming with life. Aquatic insects, frogs, fish, turtles, and even duck and the great blue heron can be observed while visiting Reese Park.



Meet at the Put-In at 5:30, Launch by 5:45pm.




Total Mileage: 4-5 miles roundtrip.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
Estimated Paddle Time: 2-3 hours.
Special Gear / Requirements: Boat, paddle, lifejacket, headlamp, water, camera.

 

Wear sturdy shoes as the walk to the waterfall, while short is also rocky.

 

Join us at Cafe Maya after the paddle.

 

This is NYC-Friendly. It is short distance to the New Hamburg Train Station on Metro-North.


Kayak Rentals are available from AWAY Adventure Outfitters.

www.AWAYAdventureGuide.com

Email [masked] for rental information



Directions: From I-84, take exit 11 onto SR 9D North. After 5 miles turn L onto CR-28 also known as New Hamburg Rd. After about a mile, turn R onto Creek Road (don't go over the creek). Pass the entrance to Reese Park on your R. On your L is a parking area and ramp down to the creek.

Google map link to the trail head: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl




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. This is not a guided trip. In keeping with club philosophy this is your adventure, organizers organize the event but are not tour guides or trip leaders. Even if you rent a kayak, you assume full responsibility for your preparedness, welfare and well-being. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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

    No rain!! Perfect night to be out on the water.

    May 28, 2014

  • Akim E.

    Sh. I though that was tomorrow. I'll see you Friday Mike and the rest of the crew. Cheers.

    May 27, 2014

  • Sarah

    15 minutes away

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Colleen C.

    I'm going to pass on tonight. Starting field work tomorrow. Should be responsible and rest. I'm down for the next trip to this spot though.

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregg

    GP etA 5 30

    May 27, 2014

  • Mike K.

    If I know ur coming well wait

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregg

    my number is[masked]

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregg

    No eta yet

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregg

    I am stuck in very heavy traffic in CT and will be late

    May 27, 2014

  • A.(Toni)Aurora

    I'm out Kelsey see you Friday and Saturday !!!

    May 27, 2014

  • Judy T.

    I am so bummed, but I am going to bail too. It's a long drive, and the probability of tStorms is pretty high. i hope I'll have another opportunity to join you kayaking.

    Gregg, thank you for your generous offer to let me use one of your kayaks. I hope we get to meet another time.

    May 27, 2014

  • A.(Toni)Aurora

    Not sure what to do !

    May 27, 2014

  • Kathi

    I'm bailing due to potential t'storms. Hot as heck so going to hit the local lake before they roll in. For those who go....Enjoy! !!!!

    May 27, 2014

  • Judy T.

    I'm coming from lower westchester. I will decide at 3 if it's a go or a no go. (fingers crossed!)

    May 27, 2014

  • Colleen C.

    On the fence. Will watch the weather and decide a little closer to launch time. I'm only in Newburgh, so not too far.

    May 27, 2014

  • Mike K.

    As noted there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms during the hours we plan to paddle. This trip is still on as planned. Use your own judgment if you decide to bail. I know some of you are planning to travel far. I'll schedule this route again in late July or early August, but for the risk-takers amongst us this trip is still a go for tonight.

    May 27, 2014

    • Kim

      One forecast model is showing 30%, the other 60%. Hopefully we will get lucky. I live 3 minutes away so Chris and I will be there...if it looks bad we can just go get a drink :-)

      1 · May 27, 2014

  • strangelizard

    I bailed...because of the t-storm forecast...I'll kick myself later if it's a go'...as I'm in the P' town area today...now kayakless...enjoy if you do go, though.....

    May 27, 2014

  • Judy T.

    Weather forecast is not so good. Do thunderstorms cancel?

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregg

    If anyone is interested in doing this paddle and does not have a kayak, I have a few more, similar to the one in my profile picture that I can lend out. Contact me in interested in using one. (I have all safety gear, too.)

    2 · April 2, 2014

    • Judy T.

      Hi Gregg, I am looking forward to the paddle on tuesday! I will not be able to get there by 4:30 but will try to be there by 5. Thanks again for offering to let me borrow one of your kayaks (I'm still in, right?) I have a headlamp, but not a waterproof one. Should I go and get one? See you tomorrow!!

      May 26, 2014

    • Gregg

      The aft deck lights I have meet the safety requirements. For visibility, you should be fine with that. I'm sure we won't be out when it gets very dark so you should be okay with visibility over the bow.

      May 27, 2014

  • Mike K.

    This trip is fast approaching. From the put-in we'll paddle upstream, beach the boats and walk to the falls. We'll spend a little time here and then return to the put-in. Anyone who wants to call it quits here can do so, the rest of us will continue the paddle down to the Hudson, paddle beneath a metro north railroad bridge and around a nicely landscaped island adjacent to the marina and then back into the creek to the put-in. Anyone who did not want to paddle around the island can either start the return or hang out under the railroad bridge while we encircle the island (it only takes ten minutes). Since we are arriving at 5:30 (starting at 5:45 or soonthereafter) we should have plenty of daylight to complete this schedule. See everyone on Tuesday.

    3 · May 22, 2014

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