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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Short description:

  • Experienced paddlers, high traffic area
  • 14 foot or longer boats
  • 6-8 miles, 2-4 hours

Long description:

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.

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  • Denice

    AWESOME!! Thank you Jason!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a treat. Thanks Jason. You did and awesome job planning this. Great way to hang out with with friends.

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great paddle. I want to thank everyone who paddled this morning for a truly great time. Afterwards, I got to drive my kayak through the Holland Tunnel. What a day!

    June 29, 2013

  • Joe H

    One of the best days on the water. Thanks jason, cris and jim. One of the best paddles I have been on.

    June 29, 2013

  • Jason P.

    Forecast for Jersey City says 20% chance of rain/thunderstorms, winds from the south at 6-11mph in the morning, higher in the afternoon. Seas less then 1 foot. The wind might be stronger then they say due to the direction, but I am going to give the paddle a try. Hope to be off the water before it really picks up. Hope to see everyone there by 9am, but of course keep in mind your comfort level for paddling in the wind/chop.

    June 29, 2013

  • Ann

    I hope you all have a good day but I will wait for better weather --still calling for thunderstorms and winds to 14.

    June 28, 2013

  • Meri

    Change of plans. :(

    June 28, 2013

  • John M.

    Unable to make the trip, I have made other plans

    June 28, 2013

  • Amedeo D.

    Sorry but I have a family commitment.

    June 27, 2013

  • Paul

    Jason, I have to leave the wait list. I have an opportunity to get ACA River Instructor certified this weekend. I look forward to the next one.

    June 27, 2013

  • Nikki

    6:00am is late for me for a weather cancellation. (I will be in process of loading and leaving.). Any chance of calling it Friday night if the weather is as predicted (60% chance of rain)?

    June 25, 2013

    • Jason P.

      I can do 5:30am, that is about as early as possible. The weather forecast is so borderline there is a good chance the call is going to be "lets see how things when we get there, and adjust accordingly." Summer weather can be so annoying.

      June 26, 2013

    • Ann

      I will watch for your post at 5:30 am I have a two hour drive also. So far, Thunderstorms, 60% chance of rain and and winds up to 14 in the forecast this morning for Saturday.

      June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got injured last trip and Doctor's got me out 2 weeks. ENJOY

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry made other plans, hope next person on the wait list can go?

    June 25, 2013

  • Denice

    This adventure looks so good !

    June 21, 2013

  • Dave C

    Enjoy!

    June 18, 2013

  • Dave C

    Question: After kayaking on and off for over 20 years on lakes, rivers, bays and channels to open water with heavy commercial fishing boat traffic , I consider myself an advanced beginner - intermediate and would feel comfortable doing this trip. However, I currently only own a 12' kayak. I'm in the process of shopping for a bigger boat but not sure it would be prudent to be on this trip with a new kayak that I'm not as familiar with. My concerns are more about keeping pace with the rest of the group.

    Thoughts?

    1 · June 12, 2013

    • Dave C

      Victor, I appreciate the feedback. I'm borrowing a friend's longer yak this weekend to see if I like how it handles in some Raritan bay chop and some high traffic wakes out of Cheesequake creek. I'll then make a final decision if I should attend.

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dave. Good. I would say your limitation is the yak, not yourself and I hope you find yourself comfortable with the new kayak. 14 feet kayak is the minimum for open water such as coastal trips and big bodies of water such the Hudson river.

      June 13, 2013

  • Elizabeth D.

    I have two 15.5 foot boats, 1 plastic and 1 fiberglass. I'd like to take the glass boat on this trip, is that appropriate for this venue?

    June 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      fiberglass will do fine

      June 12, 2013

    • Elizabeth D.

      I wouldn't be opposed to lending, but it is a Necky Eliza 15.5, designed for women. We can discuss if we both make it to the "go" list.

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome. Can't wait to see Miss Liberty!!

    June 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What happen to your dentist appointment ???

      June 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is worth the aggravation of changing my appointment,

      June 12, 2013

  • Sheldon L.

    I will be on vacation and not even close enough to swing by. Have fun and be safe.

    June 12, 2013

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