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Kayaking and Sandbar BBQ - Hudson River Valley

This is the perfect place for a day of paddling and BBQ fun with friends!  The majestic Hudson River is the venue for this trip as we explore the coastline near West Point with awesome views of Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Ridge and Bannerman's Castle.  There is no better place to go paddling for the day than this particular area of the Hudson River. This is a must do trip for any kayaking enthusiast or anyone wanting to give it a try as no experience is necessary. Then kick-back, relax and enjoy a sandbar BBQ.

Please note that you must register and book this trip on the Outdoor Connections website to reserve your spot. See link below ....

Click for website and to Register - Kayaking & Sandbar BBQ

Before starting our trip we will go over basic safety guidelines and learn correct paddling techniques. Just like riding a bike, you will get the hang of it before you know it and we’ll hit the open waters.  Along the way we will be treated to constant views of the massive Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mountain to the south.

We will paddle around the infamous Bannerman's Castle, long since abandoned but steep in lore and mystery, and hear a bit about the history of the island and the castle itself.  We then circle the island and head across the river towards Plum Point to our own private sandbar for a BBQ.  Plum Point affords great landscape scenery, rugged mountain views, and wildlife spotting (eagles?) in the nearby creeks.

Now, the party is just starting!  The sandbar, your refuge on the river, hosts the BBQ which is complete with boiled shrimp, marinated chicken skewers, hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetable pasta salad, corn on the cob, cold soda and water.  Yummy!  Guides will set up everything in advance so when our group arrives the grills are going, food is cooking and the tunes are playing.  We will also have kites, frisbees, horseshoes, jarts, etc to keep us busy.  You'll love it!

Then we'll pack up and paddle a short distance back to where we started - lots of great kayaking, scenery and food!  Not a bad way to spend the day!

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date. For trips that list multiple dates, please e-mail us at [masked] to let us know which date you prefer after you have registered and paid on-line.

About this Adventure

Trip Date: July 6 (check-in at 9:30am)

Departure: See departure times above for each date - 8th Avenue between W31st and W33rd streets - on the steps of the US Post Office and across from Penn Station.

Return: Approximately - July 6 (at 6:00pm)

Trip Rating: Moderate – We will paddle and BBQ for approximately 3-3.5 hours and paddle about 4 miles in open river and back water environments.

What's Included: Trip includes all transportation costs, equipment rentals, guides, snacks/breakfast in route, and sandbar BBQ.

What to Bring: Wear clothing appropriate for getting wet, preferably quick drying fabrics. Dress appropriately for the season and in layers - this means have the ability to take tops on/off as needed to keep you comfortable. Rain jacket/pants are strongly suggested if the weather is uncertain. Wear water shoes, secure sandals, or sneakers. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick and bug spray are recommended. If you are not sure, bring more clothing than you think you need – extra items can be left in the van or carried in your backpack/drybag. Bring a small daypack/drybag to carry your stuff – extra clothes, snacks, water, camera, our provided picnic lunch, etc. – Ideally, you should use something that is waterproof or use large zip lock bags. For the ride home, bring a small towel, change of footwear and perhaps a change of clothes for non-modest types.

Trip Cost:
Membership/Meet-up Price with Transport - $119
Membership/Meet-up Price Self-Drive - $99

For trips that list multiple dates, please e-mail us at [masked] to let us know which date you prefer after you have registered and paid on-line.

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.

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    Great guides - Jim and Darian! Perfect day and good to slightly challenging conditions on the water. My first time kayaking and after the initial coordination rhythm, very smooth. The kayak guides were super nice and very helpful as well. I wished we could have stayed on the water or on the sand bar for the BBQ a little longer - the day was too beautiful to end.

    July 7, 2014

  • Peter F.

    Thanks Jim. Good to know. Have a good time tomorrow.

    July 5, 2014

  • Jim K.

    Hi Peter-

    Tomorrows trip is closed now...but for reference it would be $119pp that includes transport from NYC...

    Thx, Jim

    July 5, 2014

  • Peter F.

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I actually live close to Philly. I'm not sure of timing with train. What is cost? Thanks.

    July 5, 2014

  • Jim K.


    Meetup members would pay $119 with transport or $99 without transport. There might be swimming opps but that will depend on the day...tides, speed of group, etc....Thx, Jim

    June 26, 2014

  • Juliet

    what is the difference between member and nonmembership price? I would be providing my own transportation, so is my price $199?

    June 26, 2014

  • Juliet

    is there swimming opps?

    June 26, 2014

  • Jim K.


    Don't forget to sign up on the website. Currently have 6 or so signed up. Thx, Jim

    June 10, 2014

  • Craig

    Sounds great will register and come as self drive. Live in Stamford, CT

    June 10, 2014

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