- Experienced paddlers, high traffic area
- 14 foot or longer boats
- 6-8 miles, 2-4 hours
Come join us for a scenic paddle around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! We will launch from Liberty State Park (in Jersey City, NJ), and make the short paddle out to Liberty Island, and paddle around the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island and then down to the Tear Drop 9/11 memorial.
The water within 150 yards of the Statue and Ellis Island are both restricted, so we won't be actually going TO the islands, just around them (you can be arrested and your boat impounded if you wander into the restricted area).
The paddle should take about 2-4 hours if we keep a leisurely pace, possibly longer if we decide to explore more. After the paddle we can have lunch at Liberty State Park (bring your own lunch). This is an open water paddle in an area with heavy boat traffic (ferrys, cruise ships, barges, personal watercraft, small boats, sail boats, etc) and is tidal water. This paddle is NOT suitable for beginners, you must be able to control your boat in wakes and waves, you must be able to move quickly to stay out of the paths of other boats, and most importantly you must be able to follow the instructions of the organizers.
We will meet at car-top boat launch near the Park Office at Liberty State Park. This is NOT where the ferries are located, but instead on the south side of the park. This is also NOT the trailered boat launch (which requires a permit). To get to the park office, take the NJ Turnpike to exit 14B, make a left immediately after paying the toll, and proceed straight. The Park Office will be on your right shortly after you pass the trailered boat launch.
There are no fees for entering the park, or for using the car-top launch. As this is an open water paddle, boats 14 foot or longer are required. A spray skirt is also recommended. You must wear a PFD for this paddle. The launch area is gravel, but had some broken glass when last visited, shoes are recommended.
The address for the park Office at Liberty State Park is: 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ.
Jason can be reached the day of the paddle at[masked]-7047.
In the event of poor weather (winds, rough seas, thunder), the paddle will be rescheduled. Change of schedule will be posted by 6:00am on the day of the paddle.