What we're about

Welcome to Capital District Kayakers!

This group if for paddlers of all experience levels, from beginners to the diehards. We provide an almost full year of paddling and social events from Kingston to Lake Placid, with many being right here in the Capital District. Most trips are for just a few hours but others could be day trips or even overnight...camping and/or hotels.

If you are a beginner, we will recommend some local classes or post some here ourselves...don't be afraid to ask for help in learning and/or buying a boat to suit your needs.

We will strive to follow NYS boating laws and regulations as best we can, While we all look out for each other, we expect each person to accept responsibility for their own safety by realizing their limits.

Each event will have rules that are posted by the Event Host and each member attending must abide by those rules. Remember that the Event Host is inviting you to join them. Be respectful and be ready to launch at the scheduled time. If you cannot make it to an event, please remove your rsvp so people are not expecting you, or worse yet, you prevent someone else from attending. Repeated no shows will be held accountable and may be removed from the group for an extended time.

This group is focused on providing peaceful and fun events that could take you to places you have never been before...or maybe you will take us to one of those places. We also partake in paddles that are cultural, historical and knowledgeable...including benefits. While having fun, it is extra rewarding to give back to the community and the environment!

While we do not collect dues anymore, contributions made through the CHIP IN link are greatly appreciated and put to good use for the good of the entire group.

Upcoming events (5+)

March Madness 5.0 More adventures in Florida, our 5th year!

Once again Capital District Kayakers will be spending a week (more or less as your schedule allows) paddling new and interesting areas on and around the Dunedin/Clearwater waterways. All venues will have kayak rentals available. In the past, meetup members have flown in or driven down. Members have stayed in hotels, Airbnb’s, camped, or stayed with friends or family. You make all your own arrangements. Our planning committee will provide you with details of our many paddles in the coming months. Beach time, biking, exploring the area and of course adventures in eating can be part of the week too. In past years there have been 15-20 members participating. All are welcome to join in on this adventure! Hosted by the planning committee.

Paddle Brooker Creek

John Chesnut Park

Put in at the Chesnut Park Launch on Tarpon Lake, paddle about 1/4 mile to Brooker Creek. We should see many coastal birds, very scenic paddle. About 3-4 miles. Lunch to follow at the Varsity Club. If you need to borrow a kayak (no rentals on site), let Nanci know.

March Madness continues at Weedon Island Preserve

Weedon Island Preserve

This is a 4.5 mile kayak trail thru bays and mangrove tunnels. Lots of fun in the mangrove tunnels. Lunch afterward at Frenchy's, Dunedin! This is about 40 minutes from Dunedin.

Paddle Robinson Preserve

Robinson Preserve

We paddled this beautiful preserve exactly four years ago. This date has the most favorable tides of the week of 1.2 feet at 10 a.m. to 1.6 feet at 12 p.m. as predicted at nearby Anna Maria Key, City Pier. You might recall beautiful birds and jumping mullet, navigating a mangrove tunnel into Perico Bay, passing Meade Point and seeing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Tampa Bay. There's also an observation tower for those interested in a wide vista. Then, we began from Surfer Bus along a causeway and made a pit stop at the preserve's main entrance. This time, we'll try something different and begin and end at the main preserve, with all its nice amenities such as good parking, modern bathrooms and easy launch site. Rentals are available via Kayak Jacks for $30. Make your own arrangements at kayak-jacks.com, (914)[masked], [masked]. Following the paddle, and depending upon the weather and interest level, we could head out to the beach for a bite to eat and a toe-dipping at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe or the Seafood Shack. Or we can go back inland to the Alvarez Mexican Restaurant in Palmetto or Woody's River Roo in Ellenton.

Past events (558)

Holiday Celebration and Recovery Dinner

Recovery Room Sports Grill

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