Win a Kayak or SUP 
your paddlesports destination

Hudson River in New York

Trip Overview

The warm winter made me decide to try winter Kayaking and Wappinger Falls creek was my choice. The creek is only about 2 1/2 miles long and towards its beginning on the edge of a restored factory district is a boat ramp provided by the town with plenty of room to park.

There were still some ice patches with ducks and pigeons on them. I went all the way to the beginning of the creek and then out to the Hudson River. The weather was calm so I proceeded across the Hudson and explored the west side of the river a little before having to head back to my car.

The Hudson River was a little rougher than the creek and I went across several distinct different currents and surface patterns. The freight trains along the west side made a surprising amount of noise. Although I live ten miles away I often hear these trains rumbling along the tracks. Going in and out of the Hudson required going under a very low railway overpass.

The temperature was about 60 and although it was cloudy I was quite warm and enjoyed my two-hour trip. I was surprised that I never saw another boat either on Fishkill Creek or the Hudson. It gave me a chance to know what swells and waves were created by the winds and currents and not boats. I found wearing boots made getting in and out of my Perception, Acadia DT Kayak a lot easier than trying to avoid stepping in the water. All in all it was an enjoyable trip and a good workout.

Directions:

Wappingers Falls is in Dutchess county located to the west of routes 9 and 9D.

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip

Win a Kayak or SUP