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Upper Hudson River in New York

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

A great day trip in the Adirondacks on the clean, pristine waters of the Upper Hudson River. I estimate about 5-6 miles of navigable water, with additional miles of whitewater if so inclined.

I spent about 2 hours covering most of the wooded shoreline at a fairly relaxed pace. There are dams both North and South of the boat launch, the northern trip (+/- 4 miles) has state owned undeveloped shorelines and a large marshy area you can bird watch and explore. Great views of Gore Mountain. Lots of sites where you can pull out and enjoy a picnic or short hike.

The South leads to another dam (+/- 2 miles) and includes a public launch in Queensbury and alot of camps/homes. The river is very wide at points and there is some boat traffic on weekends but there is enough room for everyone. Probably quieter on weekdays before 4PM.


Picnic table; separate fishing dock; boat launch dock...porta johns available.


Free to public


Exit 18 on NYS Northway, if from North Bound, exit to right and take an immediate right (100 yards) onto Big Boom road, public park/launch about 2 miles at end of road.
From Southbound, take left off exit, go over northway bridge.

Trip Details

  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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