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July 4th Esopus Meadows Lighthouse Paddling Trip


Explore Norrie Point, Hudson River, Mills Mansion,

With breath-taking views of the Catskills

Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, Esopus Island  

A very pretty stretch of the river, an island and a lighthouse.

Offering 4-6 miles of paddling in and around Norrie Point, Bard Rock, Mills Mansion and the Esopus Lighthouse.

Meeting at the Norrie Point Kayak Launch

Arrive by 10:30am

Launch: 10:45am

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Total Mileage: 4-6
Estimated Yak Time: 3.5  hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Kayak, lifevest, sense of adventure :)

Note the water is tidal and can be choppy. D pack an extra set of dry clothes in case you accidentally flip. 

Kayak Rentals Available.

Contact [masked] for details.


Following the cove out into the Hudson River, the island directly to the west of the Environmental Center is Esopus Island.

North of Norrie Point lies  Mills Mansion on the eastern shore and beyond the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse can be seen. The  Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, also known as the Maid of the Meadows, was dark for nearly 40 years until it was re-lit as a private aid to navigation along the Hudson River on May 31, 2003. We will dock on the lighthouse and enjoy the steps. The lighthouse itself is locked preventing us access inside.

The lighthouse was originally built in 1838 to warn mariners of the dangerous shallows and mud flats between the lighthouse and west shore of the River.  The lighthouse is currently owned by the Save Esopus Lighthouse Commission.  


Launch Area Information: Follow the Norrie Point State Park signs from Route 9 (Staatsburg, NY) into the park and follow the signs for the Marina.  There is a hand launch in the cove east of the Norrie Point Environmental Center, look for the stone steps.


NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review maps and tide charts carefully; understanding these is key to knowing where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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  • Mary

    It was good. My first trip with the group. It was a bit choppy and being a beginner, I was a bit nervous but made it back!

    July 5, 2013

  • Jerry L.

    Nice chop on the Hudson. Fun group

    July 5, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Launch time might be closer to 11am as some members had traffic trouble getting out of the city. Please plan accordingly.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly no transportation :( Can't make it.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I still need a ride from the city if I don't hear back from John. Please let me know if you can offer a ride! Thank you!!!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please someone give me a ride from the city! I'll contribute for gas and tolls!

    June 26, 2013

    • Nie,weiwen

      ok~~~~~then I find another backup plan.

      June 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey John, did you get my message? I haven't heard from you. If you didn't will you email me with your number so I can contact you? Thanks!

      July 1, 2013

  • Jo

    Are the kayak rentals from the point in which we will be meeting or do we need to transport them?

    June 26, 2013

    • Mike K.

      I transport the kayaks to the put-in.

      June 26, 2013

  • angelica

    How much is the kayak rental?

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Mike K.

      Single person kayaks rent for $50, canoes rent for $75. All rentals include life jacket, paddle, and transport of the boat to and from the put-in.

      June 26, 2013

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