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Beginner's KAYAKING on Wappingers Lake

 Leisure Paddle on Wappingers Lake.


We'll arrive at 5:45 for a 6pm launch time. The 88-acre lake abounds with wildlife and plant life as much as it does with the sounds and sights of Rt-9 commercialization.

Paddlers can get within sound of the falls that gave the village it's name or head north and paddle upstream as far as the light current will allow. Pack a fishing rod and camera.

Afterwards, head to Cafe Maya for some Mexican cheer.


Too Calm? Need more Excitement??

Test your lung strength by yelling THE ENTIRE WAY as you paddle beneath the length of the Rt 9 Bridge (aka the Screaming Bridge) where graffiti artists have told us "all the evil of in this town" exists... Believe me, it's harder than you think...



Challenge yourself to paddle through the Route 9 Spider Chamber....


Total Mileage: 3-6 miles
Estimated Paddle Time: 2-3 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Kayak, paddle, lifevest, headlamp.

Kayak or canoe rentals available (includes lifevest and transport of the boats to the put-in). Email [masked] for details.

Meetup Times and Locations:
5:45- Arrive
6pm - Launch

Directions: From I-84: Take Exit 11 and head north on State Route 9D into the Village of Wappingers Falls (about 6.6 mi.). Turn right onto Spring Street, which ends at the lake less than .25 mi.


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. AWAY Adventure Guide can provide additional attention if desired for a fee. Visit 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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  • Colleen C.

    Keeping an eye on the weather. Will decided if we're coming soon.

    July 23, 2014

  • Justin B.

    I'm going to cancel on behalf of the weather forecast. See you at the next one.

    July 23, 2014

  • alicia

    Doc is waiting another week to take the pin out of my foot, so I have to bail. Enjoy!!

    July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still unsure I can attend this event , due to a dentist appointment. Hope I get out in time to drive over and join the group. Mike I kayak with small dog and this event sounds like it would work. Is this ok with you? He has a dozen or more paddles under his life jacket and is Very well behaved and friendly. P.S. Teddy is a certified therapy dog.

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to know how much for Kayak rental ??
    I really want to join!!

    July 18, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Single person kayak rentals are $50 each. Reserve a boat at http://awayadventureg...­ or email [masked]

      July 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. I will think about that.

      July 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never kayaked before, would that be a problem? I have canoed before and took a SUP intro lesson last weekend, but kayak I have zero experience, would that be a problem?

    July 17, 2014

    • Mike K.

      This is rated as a beginner's paddling trip. The lake is quite calm and very shallow. Our pace will be relaxed. If you're comfortable on water you'll probably be fine.

      July 19, 2014

  • Johanna van G.

    Is anyone coming from NYC? If so, could I get a ride?

    July 5, 2014

    • Mike K.

      The put-in is about a five-minute drive from the New Hamburg train station on the Hudson River Line so it is also a possibility to take the train and then grab a ride from a local...

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bring my inflatable kayak?

    June 23, 2014

    • Mike K.

      Sure. Inflatables go slower than plastic kayaks as they are less aerodynamic but we will not be traveling fast in the first place so you should be fine.

      June 23, 2014

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