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Full Moon Paddle at Kinderhook Lake

Join us as we watch the moon rise over the Taconic Mountains and cast a reflection off this beautiful lake ....what more could you ask for.

We will meet at the DEC boat launch area on Route 28 in Niverville.

Please be cognizant of these invasive species that are present in Kinderhook Lake as posted by DEC and wash your boat after this outing.  Eurasian Watermilfoil, Water Chestnut, Brittle Naiad

A few facts about Kinderhook Lake:  shoreline is 7.7 miles and is 1.6 miles in length.  The maximum depth is 32 feet and mean depth is 15 feet.

There are many types of fish that make the lake their home, including:  Northern Pike, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Fourspine Stickleback, White Perch, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye and many more.

In the early 1900's, travelers rode the train for hours to play along the shores of Kinderhook Lake. Getting to the lake in New York's Berkshires requires much less effort today, but its lure is just as strong as it was then.

Electric Park opened in 1901 on the shores of Kinderhook Lake. Admission to the park was free for roundtrip ticket holders (40 cents) on the Albany and Hudson Railway. All other visitors paid ten cents for admission to the park. The Albany and Hudson Railway Company owned Electric Park and the third rail was actually used to power the park's lights and some of the attractions. There were two Ferris wheels - a steam powered one outside the park that visitors could ride for five cents and an electric one inside the park included with park admission.

A carousel on an island in Kinderhook Lake lured visitors to the lake. A bridge led to the island and there was also a bridge that crossed the lake. Young men escorted their dates to the middle of the bridge then made it sway from side to side eliciting squeals of mock terror and delight. Squeals could also be heard coming from the wooden slide known as the "chute to chute," which could be traveled by floating carts in the summer and toboggans in the winter. The roller coaster rose over the surface of the lake. The supports for the coaster were sunk through holes in the frozen lake and can still be seen sticking out of the water today. In the winter ice was cut from the lake and stored in the park's icehouse for summer use. Electric Park included a dance hall, vaudeville theater shooting gallery, bowling alley and restaurant. It was in a "dry part" of the county, however, and residents joked that fathers would drop their families at the park and "go fishing for beer." There were six saloons around Kinderhook Lake and rented boats carried people to "rest areas" on islands in the lake.

  • Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
  • Please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain (thundershowers will cancel this event) or shine
  • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Don't forget your kayak, PFD (required), whistle, white light2 glow sticks and paddle for an evening of fun

Directions: From LL Bean at Colonie Center or use Map Quest

Take the I-87 S/New York State Thruway/I-90 W exit, EXIT 1E-W, toward New York/Buffalo. (0.2 mi)

Merge onto I-90 E via EXIT 1E on the left toward Albany/Boston. (19.8 mi)

Take the US-9 exit, EXIT 12, toward Hudson. (0.3 mi)

Turn right onto US-9 S.  (2.3 mi)

Turn left onto Main St (Route 28). There is a stop light at this intersection (Kinderhook Transmission and Steiners is on the right side just before the light)

Follow Route 28 for about 1.5 you enter Niverville the parking area is on the right once you have crossed the bridge.  If you get to the post office you have gone too far.

If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Cell phone coverage is good. Look for my black Jeep Liberty!


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  • Rose B.

    Thank you so much Phil, Dorothy and Karen. Excellent co-operation when plans were adjusted! Thanks to Jim Haggerty for his kind hospitality during our forced landing! I'd do it all again with you guys!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Rose B.

    No moon~but a nice adventure!

    July 23, 2013

  • Jessica K.

    Beautiful lake, easy to get to, easy to launch. The group was fantastic - although our trip was cut short by the storm. Kudos to Dorothy and Karen for making the right decision to get off the water ... safety first! Would love to go again!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Ellen

    thank you all for pitching in . great team work by by everyone.
    especially Karen Dorothy phil...and all the paddlers. Kudos to our host who rescued his unexpected guests. turned into agreat event due to the peeps that made it turn out that way.

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Cate M.

    Exciting trip well managed by the leaders. It was a beautiful peaceful paddle prior to the storm. All is well that ends well. great time. Thanks...

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • MaryAnne

    great care by our leaders when the storm came in. wise choice to head for shore. luckily a kind soul transported us to our vehicles. A testament that there are still good people in this world - especially ones who live on a lake!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Marisol

    Thank you great people Karen Phil Dorothy for taking great care of us and making sure we were ok

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • Sharon

    I was thinking of you guys close to my house, but this girl is still got sea legs from being on a sailboat all weekend. :)

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Richard K.

    Something came up and I will not be able to attend .

    July 22, 2013

  • Gail M.

    I am so sorry to cancel last minute. A dear friend passed away over the weekend. Just not feeling up to it. Thanks and enjoy!

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    unhappy re forecast. Regrets.

    July 22, 2013

  • Jeannie T.

    family emergency :-(

    July 21, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    Not feeling up to it yet.

    July 21, 2013

  • Marian

    something else came up...hope we can go again.

    July 17, 2013

  • Sean H

    I didn't know I needed to own a kayak I don't have one YET, so I cannot go on this 1. Keep me posted...

    July 17, 2013

  • Mari-Lee S.

    I would really love to join you all on this trip. Please let me know.

    July 17, 2013

  • Cate M.

    Please put me on your waiting list, I would love to attend.

    July 15, 2013

  • Sean H

    Tell me what I can do...

    July 2, 2013

  • Sean H

    Problem: I don't have a kayak nor can afford 1 right now....

    July 2, 2013

  • Gail M.

    Here's to hoping!!!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yahoo Another try. What light do I need besides a head light?

    July 1, 2013

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