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A Personal Travel Guide to the Hudson River Lawrence Zeitlin, Cortlandt Manor, NY The relatively short Hudson River

, reaching from tiny "Tear of the Clouds" lake in the Adirondacks to New York City has a disproportionate importance in US hist ory. Many of the early battles of the Revolutionary War were fought for dominati on of this critical waterway. The Colonial forts at West Point, Garrison, Stony Point and Fort Montgomery were situated at narrow bends in the river to allow ca nnons to bear on British warships trying to maneuver in tight quarters. It can b e truly said that if the British had managed to wrest control of the river from the Colonials, we would all be playing cricket and drinking tea with our scones. In 1608 the Dutch East India Company hired English explorer Henry Hudson to fin d an all water route to Asia through North America. They provided a ship, the Ha lf Moon, and a crew of 20 Dutch and English sailors. Hudson landed on the coast of Maine in 1609 and traveled southward along the Atlantic coastline. He explore d both Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, eventually concluding that both were “dead en ds.” He thought he had found the desired route when he entered what is now New Yor k harbor and sailed upriver to Albany only to realize that the “River of Mountains” was a dead end as well. On a later voyage his crew mutinied and set him adrift i n Hudson’s Bay, Canada. The moral of this story is “be nice to your crew.” Hudson’s voya ge led to the lower Hudson valley being settled by the Dutch as New Amsterdam. T he lower portion of the Hudson is a tidal estuary, which broadens into Tappan Ze e, a brackish inland sea starting about 25 miles north of New York City. The Hud son estuary is among the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth. The c onstant exchange of salt and fresh water and the diversity of marine habitats ma ke it a prime breeding ground for over 200 species of marine life. Above Peekski ll, the gateway to the Hudson Highlands, the river narrows to conventional size but is tidal all the way to Albany. The river is part of the NYS Canal System ex tending up the Hudson from New York City to Troy just above Albany. There the ca nal system bifurcates, becoming a series of controlled water level rivers and ma n made cuts, one branch heading west to Buffalo with side spurs to the Finger La kes and Lake Ontario, the other north through Lake Champlain, to the St. Lawrenc e River. A trip up the river at trawler speeds usually takes an easy three days. With stops to visit the Hudson Valley’s myriad historic sites and scenic wonders, it can, of course, take much longer. A good source of current information on th e Hudson is a monthly free magazine called "Boating on the Hudson" published by Beacon Publishing Corp. in Verplanck, NY. Their web site is: http://www.boatingo The magazine has annual listings of the best anchorages, fuel s tops, and restaurants along the river. I have included an edited collection of t he listings in Appendix 1, “Dining Along the Hudson,” Appendix 2, “Fuel Guide to the H udson” and Appendix 3, “Hudson River Anchorages.” The editor,

John Vargo, might be willing to send you future issues containing updated inform ation if you will contact him. His telephone number is 845-401-2699. The best bo ok about the Hudson and its environs is the “Hudson River Guidebook” by Arthur G. Ad ams, published by Fordham University Press. While not specifically a cruising gu ide, it covers geographic and historic facts about the river on a mile by mile b asis. There is also a very good book, "Cruising Guide to Lake Champlain" which d escribes the waterway from Montreal through Lake Champlain to New York City. It is available from the Lake Champlain Publishing Co. in Burlington, VT. The web s ite is: If the Erie Canal will be part of yo ur trip, call (800) 4-CANAL-4 for a free set of charts and canal information fro m the NYS Canal Corporation ( Distances along the Hudson , like much of the ICW, are measured in statute miles with New York City’s Battery considered to be the mile zero starting point. On the other hand, tidal current s are usually described in knots. This is designed to exercise your mathematical skills. For those quantitatively impaired, a pocket calculator provides a usefu l support. New York State used to publish “The Northwest Passage” cruising guide to the Hudson and Lake Champlain, including a bound copy of river charts, but I hav en’t seen one in a long time. The name refers to Henry Hudson’s futile hunt for a sh ort cut to China. The guide was useful but the charts were exceptional. They wer e large in scale, each page covering only about 10 miles of river. They showed, in full detail, portions of the coastline that are often lost in charts of more moderate scale. New York State has published a new set of smaller charts as a co mpanion volume to the NYS Canal Corporation “Cruising Guide to the New York State Canal System.” It is currently available at marine supply stores in the Hudson Val ley or can be ordered from the NYS Canal Corporation. The state also publishes a Hudson River waterfront map and travel guide listing marinas, dining, attractio ns, and accommodations. A free copy is available if you call 1-800-232-4782 or l og on to Skipper Bob Publications offers excellent g uides to New York’s waterways in “Cruising the New York Canal System” and “Anchorages Al ong the Intracoastal Waterway.” NOAA charts covering the river are #12343 – New York to Wappinger Creek, #12347 – Wappinger Creek to Hudson, and #12348 – Coxsackie to T roy. The Maptech Chartbook “Hudson River and New York Harbor” has all the necessary charts. After Troy you enter either the Erie Canal or the Champlain Canal. Chart s are of little use in either canal but the NYS Canal Corporation guide presents valuable information on distances between locks and available facilities. The N orthern Edition of the Waterway Guide has a listing of marinas and facilities al ong the river and the Erie Canal. Local harbor charts are included. It is very i nformative but highly commercial. A full set of Richardson bound charts of the r iver and adjoining waterways costs $69. These charts cover the Hudson, the Erie and Champlain canals, Lake Champlain and the Finger Lakes. Serious cruisers shou ld certainly have a

set. All charts of the river must be used with caution. They are updated infrequ ently. Because the river bottom changes little by little, local knowledge is ess ential when leaving the big ship channel. If you are a member of the AAA or one of its associated automobile clubs, you can download a detailed TripTik from the AAA web site ( Just enter your starting point and the towns and ci ties near your route. The printout will contain lodgings, restaurants, attractio ns and scheduled events. This listing is useful for boaters in the New York and New England area since most cities and towns were established adjacent to naviga ble waterways. The bulk of New York State’s population lives within a few miles of Long Island Sound, the Hudson River, or the Erie and Champlain Canals. The Huds on can be done without charts if you keep to the buoyed big ship channel. Howeve r if you do that, you will miss many of the best sights and shore excursions. Pa rts of the upper Hudson are quite shallow outside of the channel but if you don t mind picking your way with a depth finder, most town docks are approachable. I n the early spring, rapid runoff from snow melt sweeps shore side debris and fal len branches into the river. Keep a sharp lookout for partly submerged branches. It is best not to travel at night. By June most debris has been swept out to se a. A tide and current chart is essential for sailing or trawler cruising. The ti dal range is only about 3 feet but the tidal flow generally overwhelms the fresh water discharge from upstate. Current runs in both directions following the ebb and flood of the tide. "Muhheakantuck", the Indian name for the river, can be t ranslated as "the river that flows both ways." The tidal current in the more con stricted portions of the river can reach almost 3 knots. The speed of the ebb an d flow currents are so nearly matched that it would take a bottle dropped in the river at Albany almost half a year to reach New York City, 150 miles downstream . If you time it right, you can get a tidal lift for several hours in either dir ection. Indeed, 18th century sailboats often used the tidal flow to make progres s against unfavorable winds. They would ride the current in the direction they w ished to travel, then anchor and wait until the next tide. The tidal crest moves up river at about 15 miles an hour, high tide at Albany occurring 10 hours afte r high tide at New York s Battery. Hudson River towns are located about 10 miles apart from New York to Albany. This was a convenient half working day s sail in the old Hudson River sloops. Old records show that given unusually favorable wi nd and tides the 70 foot long sloops could sail from Manhattan to Albany in 24 h ours. The towns generally have good waterfront access and many have public docks . The river and the associated Erie Canal and Lake Champlain waterways were the main avenues for commerce for the Northeast for over two hundred years and have a well established, if aging, marine infrastructure. Supermarkets, drug stores, welding shops, and marine chandleries are usually no more than a few minutes wal k from town docks. If you have bicycles on board you can roam several miles inla nd from each stop. This puts you within easy reach of a shoreline filled with an extraordinary concentration of National Historic Landmarks and romantic sites.




Because of access to water transportation, the Hudson Valley was the nation s in dustrial heartland until the middle of the 19th century. If you look at a map yo u will see that the Appalachian mountain range makes a formidable barrier betwee n the cities on the East coast and the nation’s interior. Transport of people and goods was possible only by horse and wagon. By a quirk of nature the Hudson Rive r cuts through a gap in the mountain range and enables water passage from New Yo rk City to Albany. The opening of the original Erie Canal in 1825 provided water passage from New York through to Buffalo and the Great Lakes and opened the int erior of the country to commerce. Many of the cities along the Hudson and Erie C anal were settled to provide venues for canal services and manufacturing. They a re old, dating from the early 1800s. Locals are fond of joking that the area rea ched its economic zenith during the Civil War and has been going downhill ever s ince. As far as appearance goes, they are right. Once you get a few miles north of New York City you have the feeling that you have sailed a century back in tim e. The main Amtrak rail line runs close to the water on the east side of the riv er. Just about every town is a stopping point. By a happy coincidence the town d ocks and most marinas are within walking distance of the stations. This makes it convenient for picking up and dropping off passengers who will accompany you on part of the trip. Albany and New York City are major rail junctions connecting with the rest of the country. Any point on the river is only a few hours distant from either location. Commuter trains travel the line hourly and much more freq uently during rush hours. Despite the beauty of the land around it, the Hudson w as one of the nation’s first ecological horror stories. The river was over fished to provide cheap food for New York City’s immigrants. Logging from upstate and man ufacturing activities from river towns polluted the water. With the advent of th e railroad, the river front was allowed to deteriorate as docks and facilities d ecayed. Rich folks built their houses on the heights away from the shoreline. Fr om a pristine waterway the river turned into an open sewer by the late 1800s and early 1900s. Fortunately a consortium of the wealthy saved it. Not out of publi c spirit but because they didn’t want the view from their hillside estates despoil ed. Upriver forests were purchased and the Adirondack region was turned into a “fo rever wild” state park three times the size of Yellowstone. Thanks to the Roosevel ts (Theodore), the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, etc. the river began its comeb ack. New state laws curbed pollution of the waterway. Many industries moved to t he South or to the banks of the Mississippi where a bit of environmental degrada tion was tolerated in the name of progress. My own region lost distilleries, che mical plants, smelting and brick making, and paint manufacturing. Even the Crayo la crayon company moved to Pennsylvania. Unfortunately as the river began its co meback, the riverside communities suffered economically. Towns like Newburgh, Pe ekskill, and Poughkeepsie lost their industrial base. The people remained but th ere was less work. Buildings and infrastructure deteriorated. However, it was no t bad for everybody. Technology and service based firms moved to the Hudson Vall ey to fill the vacuum left by manufacturing industries. IBM,


The visible evidence of the change is evidenced by the upscale housing d evelopments and marinas that dot the shoreline from New York to Poughkeepsie. Yo u are not likely to go hungry on a cruise in the Hudson Valley. Most homes in the Hudson V alley are heated by fuel oil. Summer boating on the Hudson is much like boating in the Br itish Virgins. specialty farms. never boat the Hudson without it. The surrounding mountains channel the predominantly westerly winds into unusual patterns. One justification is that water from the fresh wate r region of the river can be used to augment the New York City water supply in t imes of     . Every major bookstore can get you a copy for the price of a coupl e of Big Macs. cruising. Many of the rea l yacht clubs on the Hudson stopped selling fuel when the government required se parate tanks for commercial and recreational fuels. sometimes punctuated by viol ent short lived summer storms. When you stop to buy fuel t ake the opportunity to empty your holding tank. Diesel fuel prices tend to be high along the Hudson and the Erie Canal. I suspect that you may also be get ting a good portion of #2 heating oil added to the mix. Places that sell fuel identify themselves by a large oil company sign (Texa co. If you like to eat. Boat US members get a discount at many marinas. minus the accents and cheap rum of course. Fortunately there is a lot of commercial traffic on the Hudson and a number of fuel supplie rs remained on the waterfront since their supplies are generally delivered by ba rge. under either power or sail becomes interesting. Filling and satisfying but n ot the best that the region has to offer. I ve cruise d over much of the East Coast and find sailing in the Hudson Valley both attract ive and challenging. If the truth must be t old. Pepsico and others established administrative and research centers. This is particularly ironi c since dredging for PCBs in the upper Hudson and legally permitted municipal se wage discharge from riverside communities contaminate the river far beyond the c apabilities of marine heads. you probably will not get a Michelin’s four fork meal at any of the restauran ts associated with marinas along the waterway. seafood. A confluence of high quality agricultural land. and affluent d emanding customers has made the region a gourmet’s nirvana. When combined with the tidal flow and the occasio nal whirlpool. etc. If you buy your heating oil from a local supplier. Mobil. Steaks.GE. culinary talent. However within walking distance of man y of the marinas are some of the finest restaurants in the country. The process of transformation from blue collar to white collar is well un derway. The coup d grace was EPA rul es requiring tank certification to assure that there was no leakage. These generally serve generous po rtions of food that are popular with the weekend boating crowd. burgers. In 2004 the entire river from th e Battery to Albany was declared a no discharge zone. but your best guide to this culinary abund ance is a copy of the current Zagat’s Survey of Westchester and Hudson River Valle y Restaurants. I’ll mention t hose I found to be particularly good. Esso. just long enough for a day trip with at tractive destinations in most directions. fries and beer tend to dominate the menu. but my engine thrives on it. The rail road lines along the Hudson offered rapid commuter access to New York City and A lbany.) easily visible from the water. Cruising distances are comparable to those in the Virgins too. you also get a good discount on diesel fuel.

The last caviar processing plant on the river closed down i n the late 1940s but there is a going fish smoking industry near Kingston. Champlain and Mohawk Val leys. A large group of history buffs devote their summers to reenacting the Rev olutionary War events that took place along the Hudson. No individual fishing license is required on the Hudson River from New York Harbor to the dam at Troy. However a fresh wat er fishing license is required in the streams leading into the Hudson. You can use a Type 1 sewage treatment system in NY harbor below the Battery. Indeed there is a pumping station near Poughkeepsie which channels Huds on River waters into the NYC reservoir system. The Hudson Valley is a historian’s delight. As a result. it was excellent. The reenactments take place in a variety of settings. In the 1800s the region was one of the world s primary suppliers of qual ity sturgeon caviar. The no-discharge rule is very strictly enforced in the Finge r Lakes and in Lake Champlain. Moorings are relative ly cheap and dock space for the summer is less costly than in coastal areas. Unfortunately there are enough P CBs in the water that medical experts suggest eating no more than one or two mea ls of Hudson River fish a week.drought. The local police and sheriff s deputies can inspe ct on a whim and the fines are considerable. Long time river town residents consider the waterway to be a functiona l rather than a recreational asset. A cou ple of the old timers still remember how to process the caviar and every once in a while a pregnant sturgeon is caught in a snare. or place where George Washington spent the night. Thankfully this station has not b een activated in more than half a century and it is unlikely that it will ever b e used. In Lake Champlain the connection between the head and the discharge v alve must be entirely removed. Since the river has gotten much purer as industries cl eaned up their act or moved to less sensitive areas. You can anchor for extended periods along the shoreline as long as you don’t interfer e with boat traffic. usually on the origi nal sites where battles were fought. All sewage discharge facilities must be sealed or disabled. The br oad flat area of brackish water is ideal for spawning shad and striped bass. Ger iatric fishermen say that blue crabs once covered the river bottom from shore to shore. Until the PCB scares there was an e conomically viable fishing and crabbing industry in Tappan Zee and Haverstraw Ba y. the river is under utilized for recreational boating. It may well be. Except on major holidays or midsummer weekends we find on ly a few boats out and facilities are typically uncrowded. Every town has it s Revolutionary War battle. Several of the towns along the shore were originally fishing villages. The crucial campaign of the Revolutionary W ar was not Washington crossing the Delaware but the failed plan of British Gener al Burgoyne to move his army south from Canada to Albany     . the blue crabs have returne d and sturgeon are making a comeback. You are a llowed one striped bass per day over 18 inches. The few times I have samp led it. or hero. Holding tank pumpout stations in the less inhabited portions of river ar e few and far between. Pregnant women should probably avoid river fish entirely. In its day. Hudson caviar was said to rival the best Beluga caviar.

bridge foundations. vis it the 3 Valleys to Freedom website (www. It would be a very good idea to transi t the harbor during the daytime especially if you are not intimately familiar wi th the waterway. mere ly trying to reenact a moment in history. Once through the harbor and past the George Washington Bridge. Crown Point. and the generally accepted e ntrance portal of the river. two tunnels and several hi gh speed ferries cross the Hudson between NYC and Albany. and Ft. to the lands east of the river. There are so many lights that it is difficult to separate the n avigation markers from the neon lights and taxicabs for a detailed listing of the events. Almost all of the battle sites.and meet up with General Howe s army moving north from New York. the Erie Canal. eleven miles north of the Battery. ferryboats. br idges. Burgoyne’s defeat at Saratoga was the turning point of the war and brought the French in on the American side. New York harbor is an exciting experience for boaters us ed to more tranquil waters. Check with the USCG to determine current p leasure boat regulations for the harbor. Saratoga. Yonkers has several boat clubs that offer emergency ha ven but most travelers stay further north along the Hudson. the Palisade Cliffs border the west shore and the commercial boat traffic decre ases. Val cour Island. Most are spaced about half a day s leisurel y cruise apart at trawler speeds. or Lake Champl ain. Yonkers is known as the home of the Otis elevator. Usually 200 y ards is enough. Ellis Island and Liberty Island. That is if he (or she) can keep eyes on the water and not stare at the buildings. and Statue of Liberty. So don t be alarmed if smooth bore musket balls drop on deck or you see the fla sh and hear the boom of black powder cannons. If successful. It would be wise to ch eck by phone first to determine slip availability. Dockage may be avail able at the Yonkers Yacht Club (914) 9699325. Yonkers. This double deck bridge carries the bulk of vehicle traffic from the rest of the continental U. this plan would have cut off the belligerent New England colonies from the rest of the country. Stanwix are adjacent to the Hudson. Ft. The first bridge. Most of the exterior shooting was d one further up the river. or the Yonkers Corinthian Yacht Club (914) 376-3183.           . is a suburb of New York that would be the stat e s fourth largest city if it weren’t attached at the hip to the urban metropolita n area. Radar doesn t help m uch either unless you are a true virtuoso at the console. It is the also setting for "Hello Dolly” but don’t ex pect to see the scenes depicted in the film. An alert skipper should have little difficulty.TheNorthernCampaign. To view the reenactments up close. Whitehall. The bridges make conve nient navigational reference points. They are not shooting at you. on the east shore. Wave nicely to the 16 lan es of bumper to bumper traffic as you cruise tranquilly below. the device that makes high rise buildings possible. Ten bridges. Oris kany. is the massive and beautiful George Washington Brid ge. The navigation rules i mposed after the 9/11 attack require you to keep your distance from government i nstallations. the Palisade Boat Club (914) 737-9 515. Edward. Your summer cruise may well take you into the middle of a battle enactment. There is an enormous amount of traffic but there is also a lot of sailing room. Ft. S. It is wise to keep even further from Liberty Island since the wa ter depth is only 4 feet at low tide. Ticonderoga.

most of the area is free from big ship traffic.” This accounts for the frequent suffix to many local p lace names such as Catskill. The tab at Xavier’s will be high. It is extremely shallow and there are hidden deadheads. but if you want to treat yourself royally. but there is a clearly marked channel for de ep draft ships and barges.The Village of Hastings. drinking and arranging sailboat races. has excellent engine mechanics. Xaviar’s at Piermont (845-359-7007) is the best restaurant in the Hudson Valley if not one of the be st in the entire New York area. One favorite is the Tarrytown Marina (914-631-1300) on the east shore of the . A pocryphal as the story is. 18 mile long salt and tidal inland sea. dining. The Dutch word for c reek. Yacht clubs on the river a re primarily for socializing. and Fishkill. If. Westerly Marina (914-941-2203) in Ossining. Since they do not usually go outside of the channel. the Hudson widens out in to a four mile wide. or so. A mile south of the bridge. be sure to check out Hudson River Museum (914) 963-455 0 (www. at least th e pier area. Transient berths may be available at the Hastings Pioneer Boat Club (914) 4789702 or the Tower Ridge Yacht Club (914) a few miles north of Yonkers. connects Tarrytown and Nyack and marks the start of the real cruising area. The foo d is just as good.hrm. The Tappan Zee area has boat clubs and marinas along both shores capable of handlin g almost any service or repair. this is the place. Washington Irving said that Tarr ytown was named by irate Dutch farm women who complained that their husbands tar ried too long at the village tavern after depositing their goods at the wharf. there is no doubt that the influence of the early Dut ch settlers still pervades the Hudson Valley. Stay away from the southern side of the pie r. The average depth i s relatively shallow. Many of the towns bordering the sh ore and the creeks flowing into the river bear Dutch names. The museum is located in two classic 18th century mansions and features both modern art works and the works of Hudson River School artists. a spur of land sticks out from the western shore. The Tappan Zee Bridge. The yard is just north of the Tappan Zee B ridge and can be identified by the armada of boats anchored in the mooring area out front. The Tappan Zee Marina (845-365-1985) is seve ral hundred yards north of the pier. There are several ma rinas that cater to transients just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. the abandoned eas tern terminus of the Erie Railroad. has few amenities for cru isers. the prices lower. at the 28 mile point. connecting Nyack and Tarrytown. No surprise since they share the same kitchen. by chance. Above the Tappan Zee Bridge. at the 33 mile point and in the shadow of Sing Sing. you stay i n Yonkers or in Hastings. Xaviar’s companion restaur ant. Zagat’s rates it 29 out of a possible 30. the largest and best facility on the river is the Julius Petersen Boatyard (845-358-2100) in Nya ck on the western shore of the river. Piermont. Peekskill. and no reservations are required. The place is much less formal. however. incidentally. If you need any boat work done. The top New York City restaurants rank only a 28. This is the Piermont Pier. is “kill. The Freelance Café and Wine Bar (845-365-3250) is right next door. 15 ft. has become an upscale art and restaurant center.

This is one of the great private art museums o f the world. the Striped Bass (914-366-4455). the best seafood restaurant on the Hudson River. it is best to plan your arrival on a weekday. A half hour train ride takes you to Grand Central Station in midtown Manhattan. You can also stroll over the bridge at Sleepy Hollow followin g the footsteps of Ichabod Crane. For those with hardy appetites. 35 miles abov e Manhattan on the east shore. divides Tappan Zee from Haverstraw Bay. This marina is protected by a breakwater. A brief dinghy ride to the town dock gives easy access to Croton-on-Hudson s stores. and the Headless Horseman. a vast subsurface trench extending five hundred miles into the Atlantic. Eight feet of water covers a hard sand bot tom. the Croton Coloni al Restaurant. This tiny restaurant serves only dinner f rom 5 to 9 p. But if you really want a gourmet mea l. is festooned with the modern paintings and sculptures that Nelson Rockefe ller spent a lifetime collecting. The north side of the sheltering arm of the point provides th e best anchoring ground on the river. This spur of land is the terminal moraine marking the southernmost reach of the last glac ier to cover the area during the ice age. The bay south of the point appears inviting but   . or with teen aged children aboard. It is certainly much easier and quicker than renting a car and driving. The anchorage area on the north side of Croton Poin t is a favorite destination for weekend boaters. The specials change every day. all mem orialized by Washington Irving. and an extremely varied menu. from Tuesday though Saturday. and perhaps the entire New Y ork area. Rockefeller built for his f amily. restaurants. dep ending on what is best at the Fulton Fish Market. is the Ocean House (914-271-0702) on 49 N. Admission to the museum and grounds also entitles you to visit the Union Church of Pocantico Hills featuring stained glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. On major summer holidays up to 100 boats of all types are anchored or rafted together in this large protected b ay. Brom Bones. picnic areas. low prices. sells diesel fuel. about a block’s walk from the Croton landing features huge portions . The Ro ckefeller estate at Pocantico Hills is a short cab ride from Tarrytown.river. and has a go od attached seafood restaurant. marine chandleries and the commuter railroad to NYC. The park itself is free and offers miles of hiking trails. and a guarded swimming beach. Kykuit. Their relieved parents cruise their boats slowly alongsid e. This makes it ideal as a base for exploring the pleasures of Gotham. Riverside Avenue. It is a "must" stop for art lovers. If you like boating solitude. The main advant age of the marina is that it is next to the commuter train station to New York C ity. A paved footpath runs for several miles along the river in a picturesque wooded area. but one stable item on the men u is an appetizer of mussels in cream sauce – the most sublime I have ever eaten. The melting waters of the glacier carv ed out the Hudson Canyon. Extending about a mile and a half into the river. The downside o f the marina is the resident flock of geese that poop all over the docks.m. also abou t one block from the Croton town dock. We often see dinghy loads o f boat weary children being ferried ashore to work off their surplus energy by j ogging along the path. Croton Point. Zagat rates it 28 out of 30. the home John D. The Palisades Park Commission owns much of the l and on the western river shore north of Nyack.

a few miles upstream in the town of Ver planck. The oldest vineyards in the US were established in the Hudson Valley during Colonial times. it tends to vote Republican. The home and grounds have been restored to their 18th century splendor and serve as a living museum illustrating the life and times of the colonial landed aristocracy." lived in Croton. This dam is the third largest cut stone structure in the world. fuel stops. Many of our native born socialists and Communists. It was also a hotbed of pre-WWI radicalism. For those boaters diffident about anchoring out. The dam was built during the late 1800s to impound the waters of the Croton River and provide fres h water for the growing city of New York. When the work was completed. Daily Worker editor Robert Min or. T oday. the Half Moon B ay Marina (914-271-5400). has several very large marinas . Few are directly on the river but their excellent wines are available in riversi de restaurants and stores. There are no waterfront marine services at Croton Point itself since it is a b ig county park. on the other side of the river. and John Reed. Don’t c ut too close to Croton Point when heading for either anchoring area since underw ater rock ledges extend for about 100 yards at both upstream and downstream ends . has transient berths. Many brought their families with them or married local girls and rem ained in the area after the work was completed. a large capacity lift. Wild grapes grow plentifully on both banks. The Viking Boatyard (914-739-5090). and a well-stocked marine s tore. All the marinas. including Max Eastman. A gravity aqueduct carries the water 4 0 miles from Croton to the city.   . however. the largest on the Hudson. Van Cortlandt Manor is a 15 minute walk from the Crot on town dock. Haverstraw. This was the family home of the Van Cortlandt family. On the other hand. author of "Ten Days that Shook the World. including the Haverstraw Marina (845429-2001). Quite a few were closet sculptor s and too shallow for anchoring for boats drawing more than 4 . Italian stone cutters were hired enmasse to bui ld the dam. a modern marina attached to an upscale housing develop ment on the northern shore of the point. Cr oton Point was the site of the Underhill Winery. A thr ee mile hike or a short cab ride up the Croton Gorge will take you to the Croton Dam. a channel was blasted to the river and the bridge sections were barged to their final location. offers transient berths with full servi ces. this is the best fishing area in the entire river. Travel writers are fond of comparing the Hudson River to Germany’s Rh ine and like its European counterpart the Hudson has vineyards on either shore. The former quarry became a perfect protecte d marina location. exceeded o nly by the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza. There is local myth that the area might have been the Vinland of the Viking sagas. the first commercial winery in the country. The ruins of the stone wine cellars are visible on the south side o f the point. The Haverstraw Marina site was originally a large abandoned rock quarry i n which much of the structure of the Tappan Zee Bridge was constructed. the Dutch se ttlers that owned most of the land between Croton and Connecticut. Soon the village of Croton-onHudson acquired a reputation as an art center. and boat services are detailed in the publications ment ioned. if you are a fisherman.

The river cuts through the App alachian range and the mountains border portions of both shores. 90 miles upriver. on the east sho re just south of the village. Fortunately the worst conditions are rare and don t last more than a day o r two. and Zeph’s (914-736-2159). It is relatively shallow and has a long north/south fetch so the waves build qu ickly. Sudden thunderstorms and occasional but short lived squalls may produce very localized winds up to 60 knots. Zagat’s rates the food as 27 out of 30. lies north of Verplanck. rivaling the Norwegian fjords. Art studios abound along the short main street and there are several very good restaurants. The best cruising area and the most magnificent scenery in the Hudson V alley extends from the Tappan Zee Bridge to Kingston. Because the river warms and cools more slowly than the surrounding shore. Be sure to give these locations a wide berth. It was visited by President Lincoln. When combined with the current. served as the site of the Fleischmann dist illery. and was the birthplace of Crayola crayons. at the 50 mile point.m. an offshore wind develop s every evening. Peekskill. and the picturesque towns of Garrison and Cold Sp ring. just past the I ndian Point Atomic Energy plant and the resource recovery (garbage burning) plan t. The wi nd can be quite strong at times but usually stops just about the time to drop an chor. Now Peekskill is trying to make a comebac k as an art center. The biggest of these is the aforementioned Viking Boat Yard. Verplanck. The Hudson Highlands are incomparably beautiful. and ending several hours later. Mysterious “phantom” waves seem to come out of nowhere. notably Susan’s (914-737-6624). The Appalachian Trail. It s no accident that the tallest peak in the area is named "Storm King". storms in Tappan Zee/Haverstraw Bay can be as violent as any place in the continental US. has several marinas t hat have berths for transients. is Dunderberg Mountain. one of the old fishing villages. Ask for directions when you call. Peekskill has a varied history. The dark clouds u sually give all but the most imprudent ample opportunity to batten down the hatc hes. Many have calle d it the most picturesque stretch of navigable waterway in the USA. Bear Mountain. These are waves reflec ted from the river bank by boat traffic which may be miles away. The cove shallows to 4’ in low tide so follow the buoyed dredged channe l. Holding is very good over the entire area. starting at about 5 p. These views were immortalized by the Hudson River School of p ainters. The Division Stree t Grill (914-739-6380). The latter can be hard to find. T eens of a couple of decades ago will remember it as location of the mythical gir l’s school in the “Facts of Life” TV sitcom. Just no rth of the Bear Mountain Bridge. An interesting weather phenomenon is the evening wind. The secret is to anchor your boat in extremely bad weather and wait it out.The Tappan Zee/Haverstraw Bay portion of the river gets choppy in certain winds.     . hosted the Peekskill riots. a former industrial town. At the top of H averstraw Bay. These are located in Green’s Cove. h ome of the legendary Dutch Goblin "responsible" for the infamous summer thunders torms of the Hudson River valley. It inclu des West Point.

At the end of the town’s two block long main street is a small marina and fuel dock attached to Guinan’s Country Store. Iona Island. Garrison was the site where “Hello Dolly” was actually fil med. stretch yo ur legs. Watch some of our tax dollars going up in smoke. a smaller and more intimate version of the Inn. and Kingst on with its restored waterfront and very hospitable attitude toward boaters. There is a good anchorage just south of the Bear Mountain Brid ge on the western shore near the Bear Mountain State Park. The hills ac tually start about a mile downstream at Stony Point on the western shore and Ver planck on the east. For years there was a ferry service here but it was abandoned after the Bear Mounta in Bridge opened. a large marshy area just south of the Bear Mount ain Bridge. A bit further upriver are the Vanderbilt Mansion. Garrison is six miles north of the bridge on the eastern It offers both fine and casual dining. If you plan to be in this area the weekend before the Fourt h of July.extending from Maine to Georgia. The view from the top of the peak is spectacular. The nominal entrance to the highlands is the Bear Mountain Bridge. you can see one of the se majestic birds swooping down to the river to catch an unfortunate fish in its claws. Despite the fact that the action allegedly took place many m iles to south in Yonkers. a ha lf mile walk uphill from the pier. Garrison is good place to stop. Bear Mountain Inn (845-786-2731). Many nineteenth century buildings still exist and the town has remained vir tually unchanged in looks since 1890.bearmountaininn. geese and ducks are the other avian residents of the marshland an d regularly patrol the anchorage area in search of handouts from moored boats. is one of the largest log buildings south of Canada. The Inn i s currently undergoing restoration but I have been told that the work will be co mpleted sometime during the 2009 boating season. and wander through the art galleries and antique shops that dot this ti ny town. www. At this point the river narrows to a width of 1500 feet. the Culinary Institute of America. a good meal is available at the Overlook Lodge (845) 786-2731. Swans. Gwendolyn Bounds lovingly . If you are lucky. the anchorage provides an unexcelled viewing location for the annual Palisades Park Commission fireworks extravaganza. Cru ising the river in the autumn is particularly rewarding since the shoreline is a blaze with trees in their finest color. The water shallows ra pidly from its 120 foot depth in the middle of the river and you can tuck into t he area near the old excursion boat pier. 20 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. I personally find the dining area of the Lodge more attractive since it offers an unimpeded view of beautiful Hessian Lake. is a dedicated bird sanctuary. the FDR home at Hyde Park. The island is one of the few nesting areas of Bald Eagles on the East Coast. crosses the river on the Bear Mountain Bridge. Rhinebeck with its antique aerodrome. While the carpenters are workin g. If you eat at either Bear Mountain restaurant take the opportunity to get rid of t hose excess calories by hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail to Perkins Pea k. L anding on the island is prohibited. On a clear day you can catc h a glimpse of New York City 50 miles to the south and see almost as far up the Hudson to the north.

so these concerts are certainly worth a ttending. . you can anchor at a nearby marina and take a cab. There is no charge. The price is right too. The transient berths in local marinas t end to fill up quickly. The huge West Point complex stretch es more than a mile along the river. not cadets. This barrier proved so formidable that the British subverted the fort’s commandan t. Devoted patrons hope that the f amily can be prevailed upon to reopen for the 2009 season. During warm su mmer months the Military Academy Band plays outdoor concerts at the Trophy Point amphitheater. the most interesting river town to visit on a H udson River trip. cannon mounted on these hills could sweep the river and prev ent British ships from sailing upstream. There is an inviting looking boat dock in f ront of West Point. Both are wi thin 100 yards of the waterfront. The band members are all accompli shed professional musicians. If not. Dur ing the Revolution. say in the 30’ range. has Italian-American specialties and the best brick oven pizza on the river. a boutique restaurant and bar seating about 30 patrons. the Ri verview (845-265-4778). Co ld If your boat is small .usma. The mile long main street is lined with antique shops. you may be able to stay for a time at the short fuel dock. My favorite is the Mexican pizza. A brief glance at the geography of the area explains why. It is so good that the memory of the taste makes my mouth water as I type these words. an iro n chain was stretched across the river to Constitution Island on the east shore. The town boasts several fine old restaurants. the fort was never again threatened.” Regrettably the store is now closed because of th e death of John Guinan. If you want to walk about three blocks. Two excellent ones are The H udson House (845-265-9355) and the Cold Spring Depot (845-265-5000). in June 2008. is notorious for its fab ulous Sunday brunch. at the entrance to West Point. at the 55 mile point and slightly to the north of West Point on the e astern shore. most with a view of Storm King Mountain on the opposite shore. The r iver makes a sharp dogleg turn to the west and is overlooked by rocky hills. For an up to date schedule of concert dates an d programs call 845-938-2617 or visit the website at www. Since 9/11 it has been closed to all visiting boats during h igh security alert periods unless you can assure the dockmaster that you are a r etired general. West Point has been called the Gibra ltar of America. Guests bring blankets and lawn chairs and lis ten to music while facing the majestic Hudson. The rest of the year there is no problem. To further impede their passage. General Benedict Arnold. If you intend to watch an Army football game in the fall be sure to make marina reservations early. and all manner of stores selling odds and ends to fill the empty nooks and crannies of your boat. However if you want to visit the Point or attend an Army sporting event. After Arnold’s plan failed. in my opinion. the owner. booksto res. anchoring close to shore is possible. The West Point military academy i s a bit further north on the western shore. to get him to hand over the fort. It is best to check with the dockmaster (845-938-4011) to determ ine if docking is permitted.described this miniscule convenience store and watering hole in her evocative bo ok “A Little Chapel on the River. is. The Thay er Hotel (845-466-4731).

Pollepel Island. You can visit the one most congenial to your politics although one ticket       . The warehouse was constructed to look like a medieval castle. at the 80 mile point and six miles north of the Poughkee psie (MidHudson) Bridge. He stored them in a warehouse in New York City and sold them o ut of a New York storefront. The Newburg h waterfront has been developed over the last few years and there are marinas wi th transient berths on both sides of the river. Resist the temptation to anchor in Foundry Cove. In the mid 70s my kids and I used to canoe the short distance to the island and hunt fo r Civil War memorabilia in the ruins. although a bit expo sed to wakes from river traffic. holds the romantic ruins of Bann erman s Castle. Located between the two bridges is the Mariners-on-the-Hu dson Restaurant (845-691-6011). Bannerman was an arms dealer who bought up much of the Union’s mil itary supplies left after the Civil War and all the military surplus of the Span ish American War. the attractive bay just south of town. The whole place is now being developed as a state park. C all for available space. The bay north of town is fine for anchoring. Eventually New York s city fathers became uneasy about having a munitions store in mid-town an d convinced Bannerman to move. There is a fairly good anchoring ground to the south side of the island but you need a chart to avoid a submerged stone ca useway to the shore on the north side. 60 miles north of the Battery . The Foundry Museum in Cold Spring memorializes the now vanished arsenal that made both the first iron ship in the U. Incidentally the town was given its name because Geor ge Washington found the cold water from the local spring to his liking. The Newburgh Yacht Club (845-561 -5255) and associated Nikola’s Restaurant are on the west shore near the bridge. marks the end of the Hudson Highlands area. but a more fortunate neighbor got a couple of single shot breech loa ding rifles and a small field cannon. Hyde Park. Transient docking i s available. He published a mail order catalog of the arms holdi ngs and became the Sears Roebuck of munitions. maximum size 30’.S. at the Cold Spring Boat Club (845-265-2465). The Newburgh/Beacon Highway Bridge. is the site of both the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Fran klin Roosevelt homestead. The riverbanks. There are a number of hidden deadheads below the surface. This is definitely a spot for local knowledge. and the Civil War’s Parrott cannons. a long time boater’s favorite. Unfortunately the area is no stranger to lightning and the wareho use was destroyed by a series of fires (and explosions) by the late 60s. although it was made of conventional brick and concrete. while still hilly. Most of the world s rebellions fr om 1880 through 1910 were fought with Bannerman supplied weapons. About a mile north of the highway bridge is the Poughke epsie Railroad Bridge.There is temporary dockage for smaller boats. All we found was a few belt buckles and mi nnie balls. are no longer bordered by the stony peaks of the Appalachian range. Bannerman and his famil y moved there. He relocated his warehouse to Pollapel Island. The southern part of the cove has the deepest water but check your depth finder carefully before dro pping the hook. about four miles north of Cold Spring. fi guring that the locals would be more tolerant of a few hundred tons of explosive in the basement.

the Hudson does not freeze lik e it did in the 19th century and good iceboating days are few and far apart. Both sell diesel. Andrew’s Café. Of course some get A s while others deserve Cs. In the cold 1800s the river would start to freeze at Thanksgiving and not thaw until Easter. After parking in one of the main lots visitors must stroll through the campus to reach their dining destination. serving traditional Italian dishes. advance reservations a re strongly advised (845-4716608). prov ides many of America s haute cuisine chefs. Meals are prepared and served by thi rd year students under the watchful eyes of their mentors. St. A stone lighthouse improbably situated in t he middle of the river marks this location. not the one with spies but the Culinary Institute of America. To the regret of many iceboating diehards. the architecture and surrounding landscape are beautiful. Three miles north of Hyde Park you will travel through a wide portion of the Hudson known as the Esopus Meadows. except they all dress in chef’s white coats and checked pants. If you have a chart and a good depth find er you can find a safe anchoring site on the east shore if you draw 5 feet or le ss. Iceboats were up to 70 feet long. The river shallows a long way from the shore and it is best to follow the marked channel. is the most casual of the CIA’s restaurants and takes walk-ins for lun ch. some weighing as much as 3000 pounds. Andrew-onHudson. Anchoring is not easy in this part of the river. and S t. It contains the midHudson s largest concentration of marine services and marinas. the capitol of New York State. the Hudson River trains to the next town. and often beat. on the Rondout Creek. The town of Kingston. Because of the CIA’s popularity. John Roosevelt. bustling with stude nts. another dozen miles north at the 90 mile point. Andrews Café emphasizing fresh seasonal ingredients wrapped with Asian inspirat ion. before it was home to the CIA the campus was a Jes uit seminary. along with the Cornell University School of Hotel Management. A stone l ighthouse on the     . The CIA is like any other school. The campus hos ts four restaurants: the American Bounty. Two fav orites are the Hyde Park Marina (845-452-3232) and the Rogers Point Boating Asso ciation. built at the turn of the last century.gains you admission to both. Whe n in Hyde Park. The CIA. specializing in various French regional c uisines. take the opportunity to have a gourmet meal at the CIA. creating a 100 mile long avenue of ice from Peekskill to Albany. The three gourmet res taurants all have top Zagat’s rankings. Th e campus outdates the school. The CIA is the only reside ntial college in the world devoted to culinary education. FDR’s uncle.070 s quare feet of sail. Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. the Icicle. You can be sure that the cooking and prese ntation are done right. often called the best diner in the world. St. founded the Hudson River Ice yacht Club in 1 869. Located on the banks o f the Hudson River. If you want to stop it is best to get a transient berth in a local marina. was 69 feet long and carried 1. Stay to the east of the lighthouse. was for a short time. It was alleged to have a top speed of nearly 100 mph in the proper winds and would race. It is there for good reason. Com modore Roosevelt’s personal boat. serving American and Hudson Valley reg ional meals: the Escoffier Restaurant. The student’s careers depend upon it. American iceboating likely began in this stretch of t he Hudson.

local boaters from up and down river often choose Kings ton as their weekend destination. in 2007 NY passed a law creating a ne w class of “Farm Distilleries. If you need other services.benmarl. fans. offering farmers a convenient way to mark et locally grown fruits and produce. The waterfront has been rehabilitated and gent rified. bolts. Distilleries are limited in production and the product must contain a minimum of 75% NY raw agricultural material. nuts. old electronics.   . yo u can reach Benmarl by a 2 mile hike or a short cab ride. Because of its halfway house location. Boaters view Kingston as the primary stopp ing point between NYC and Albany. are available at the town dock for a small fee. The new law permits tasting and retail sales on site. Benmarl has tastings d aily and hosts special events during the Fall season. Three favorite restau rants in Kingston are Mariner’s Harbor (845-340-8051).. Check the website for info rmation. the wines are good and are a fitting match for the locally produced farm products. Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant (845-339-5372). Incidentally. and screws. p umps. Ask any town r esident to direct you to the store.” This law supports the centuries old New York traditi on of agricultural craft wines and spirits. Turn left just before the lighthouse and follow the creek under the highway bridge. This part of the Hudson Valley has a number of boutique wineries located along the shore. The latter provides diners a free shuttle service to any of the mar inas on Rondout Creek. stay overnight at the dock. www. gorge themselves o n good food. Overnight berths. Summer weekends feature musical groups giving free concer ts in the park next to the town dock. In the pre-Prohibition era. The water is supplied at full town pressure so a pressure reducer is advisable. including electric power. Benmarl is locate d at 156 Highland Ave. Marlboro.north side of the breakwater marks the entrance to the Rondout Creek. There are water connection spigo ts on the shore but you need a fairly long hose to reach your boat. and the Ship to Shore Restaurant (84 5-334-8887). If you ne ed lengths of stainless steel at Slate Hill Vinyards. While not yet in the sam e league as the wineries in the Finger Lakes region. and return to their own marinas the next day. Most are not accessible from the r iver but the products are sold in local package stores. Kingston offers a variety of fine dining places just a stone s throw fro m the town dock and riverside park. Kingston has one of the best old fashioned military and industrial surplus stores I have seen. there are a half a dozen full service marinas on Rondout Creek. and electric motors you will probably find them here. This attractive community is exceptionally hospitable to boaters. While on the subject of potables. NY. The Hudson River Maritime Museum is just d own the street and is well worth a visit. hundreds of small stills dotted the landscape. offering steaks and seafood . Kingst on’s town dock is on the northern bank. One good one is Benmarl Winery (845-236-4265. If you stay at the Marlboro Yacht Club.

this is the place where we would lower our mast. The river seems to divide at Houghtaling Island at the 125 mile point. Actual ly it has been “ Just below the Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge there are sev eral shallow central portions of the river collectively called The Flats. 111 mil es above New York. The home i s open to visitors and the gardens are lovely on a nice summer’s day.tuthilltown. Several boat works were located on the banks of the Catskill River. The eastern branch runs for a mile or so then peters out. Catskill was also the hometown of Samuel Wilson .” This extraordinary whiskey is stored in charred oak barrels until ready to serve. on the east shore at the 102 mile point and north of the Catskill/ Hudson Bridge. If you have a reliable depth finder you can find decent anchoring locations near the shore or on the edges of the Fl ats. S. One. then landscaped the property to frame it perfectly. However this east ern branch is a fine area for anchoring out of the main stream of river traffic. border the river. The let ters U. And yes. privately labeled casks from 2 to 60 gallons are availabl e. If you an chor here make sure your insect screens are in place by 6 p. The base product is distill ed from either grain or apples. The to wn of Hudson.m. Uncle Sam wore striped pants. the Allied Boat Company. The Cats kill/Hudson Bridge crosses the river about 90 miles north of the Battery. The village has 150 feet of free dockage to allow visitors access to town shopping. Th e distillery sells whiskey by the cask as well as by the bottle.The Tuthilltown Distillery (845-255-1527) is one of the first of these farm liqu or producers to be opened. Th ere are several adequate restaurants adjacent to the Athens Riverside Park. the residue of the Hudson’s industrial past. T hese were distanced a convenient two hours apart for the 19th century paddlewhee l riverboats that offered luxurious transportation between New York City and Alb any.” The original distillery on the site near New Paltz dates to 1788 and operated continuously until prohibition. The town of Hudson itself is an antique shopper s paradise.     . Only the branch closest to the western shore continues northw ard. "Old Kinderhook. (www. Church maximized the esthetics of the location by picking a particularly beautiful view of the Hudson Valley a s his front yard. stamped on the beef barrels gave rise to his nickname as “Uncle Sam. Stay i n the marked channel from this point north. built the first fiberglass sail boat to make a circumnavigation. The quaint village of Athens is on the western shore. It is a good place to prepare for transiting the Erie or Champlain canals.” Unc le Sam’s house was so luxurious that President Martin Van Buren. If you have eno ugh room on your boat. the merchant who supplied meat to the military during the War of 1812. There are no fees at the dock but also no services. A local farmer has been induced to grow a specia l heirloom corn that is used to make the premier product “Hudson Baby Bourbon. When we owned a sailboat. It is located near the Hudson in Gardiner." was married in his living room. Small towns. Hudson River School artist Fredrick Chu rch s magnificent Moorish styled home and estate. is the location of Olana. NY. near the town of New Baltimore.

barely 12 feet wide and less than 6 feet deep. the futuristic ovoid state office plaza th at Nelson Rockefeller had constructed during his stint as governor. railroads paralleling the canal could carry heavier loads i n 1/3 the time. t he Erie Canal served as the first all water link between the Atlantic seaboard a nd the Great Lakes. The Erie Canal soon became the most important canal in the U. over the elevated ridge in the center of the state. the Troy Town Pub and Brewe ry (518-273-2337) is noted for its mini brewery and pub style food. w alking on a path alongside the canal. and mines. You have now traveled 150 miles upstream from the Battery. carrying up to 30 tons of cargo. Side canals go to Syracuse. If you are an art or architecture buf f. One. a connected chain of 524 miles of navigable waterways extending west to Buffalo and north to Lake Champl ain. Many boaters stay the night and fuel up at the Troy Town Dock an d Marina just above Albany. Once through the Federal Lock. There is a concrete bulkhead on the east side of the ri ver just before the Federal Lock. modified the route to include lakes and canalized rivers and built a series o f 57 locks to lift barges from the Hudson River. in an effort to restore the canal to economic viabilit y. you have entered the New York State Canal system.S. T he riverfront area is not scenic but. Marine se rvices abound although many are set up to meet commercial vessel requirements. The building s public spaces are hung with many of the valuable modern art paintings from th e Rockefeller collection that were too large to move to Kykuit. The first can al was a hand dug ditch. Mules. Canal boats could make t he trip from Buffalo (actually Tonawanda) to Albany in six days. It provided a convenient route for west bound manufactured g oods and settlers and east bound products of farms. One favorite is the Riverfront Bar and Grill (518426-4738) at the Corning Preserve Park a few hundred yards south of the Albany Railroad Bridge. The rebuilt Erie   . to the level of the Great Lakes. Many canal side communitie s got their start as loading depots and mule changing facilities. There are two restaurants on the marina site. New York. French/Continental. But the economic success of the canal was relatively short lived. because Albany is the state capitol. The more formal River Street Café (518-273-2740) offers a variety of Ita lian. This is the spot where Henry Hudson abando ned his northward exploration of the river in 1609 realizing that it was not a s hort cut to the Pacific. The Federal Lock at Troy marks the head of navigation of the river proper. Over the years the canal was enlarged and side canals were added to reach nearby communities. The name say s it all. the Finger Lakes. forests. Opened in 1825. You can tie up here while waiting for the ligh ts that authorize you to enter the lock. It sparked the growth of New York City as a major port and made New York the Empire State. you might want to explore the Egg. and Oswego. Mules were changed every six hours. and Thai dishes. The waterfront in the Albany area is busy and commercial. The lobbyists see to that. there are many good places to eat and drink. By the middle of the 19th century. There is 100 feet of complim entary dockage. This is a convenient spot to stop for an early start . pulled the boats. This lock was intended for ocean capabl e bulk cargo carriers and everything is sized to suit.North of Houghtaling Island the river narrows but is big ship navigable and tida l to Albany.

and then to Buffalo. After locking through t he Federal Lock. Rail traffic was faster and the St. Thin gs change. These balls are designed to survive children’s playg round abuse so they are nearly indestructible. At the end of the canal it was a tradition to give them to a boat er going the other direction. Once you are in the Erie C anal you will see much the same scenery as did the travelers 150 years ago." Bear in mind that what is smooth for a tanker may be quite rough for the fiberglass gloss of a trawler . The seasonal pass is cheaper than day rates if you intend to travel ten days or more in the canals or visit the delightful Finger Lakes. Man y cruisers decide to interrupt their trip for weeks at a time in either location . Passes can be bought for 2 or 10 days or for the entire summer. Lawrence and Canada. The Finger Lakes are long. To no avail. Commercial tra ffic dropped off to almost nothing. So much for history. Unfortunately this meant a l ot of debris and shredded plastic bags in the Canal’s waters. The “hay bales” either loved or hated by Erie Canal travelers are no longer allowe d by the Canal authorities. When you finish your cruise thoug h the canal. a re . Lawrence Seaway could handle bigger ships. The first is to turn west into the Erie Canal and continue across New York State to the Finger Lakes and ultimatel y to the Great Lakes. the cruiser has two choices. now officially known as the New York Barge Canal. Both the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain are desirable vacation destinations in themselves. Today it is run primarily as a recreational asset. The concrete walls of the Federal Lock once had cavities big enough to swallow a medium sized trawler but they were recently "smoothed. you can give the ball to a kid at dockside.Canal was regarded as a major engineering triumph. narrow and deep glacially carved bodies of water in the heart of New York’s wine country. up the Hudson to Albany. The two biggest lakes. Some bales made four or five trips though the cana l before disintegrating into their component parts. Most of the commercial shipping you see on t he canal today are oil barges. These were merely plastic feed bags stuffed with str aw and hung over the sides to prevent damage to the boat’s topsides from the walls of the locks. rivaling the Panama Canal. The balls are available at WalMart or A&P for less than $5 each but you have to supply your own sack. Fees for using the canals were reinstat ed for the 2008 season. A good substitute fo r the banned "hay bale" is a large inflatable plastic play ball stuffed in a clo th bag. delivering fuel to canal side towns. Th e canal. Cayuga and Seneca. Use the largest size you can find. but in upstate New York they change very slowly. In the 1980s the state constitution was amended to permit the canal to be turned over to the New York Thruway Authority. The second is to head up the Champlain Canal to Lake Champ lain and to the St. Be sure to have adeq uate fenders before entering the canal locks. a 300 mile long linear park with the mule paths transformed into bicycle and hiking trails. Eventually the canal received a Federal designation as the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. extended from New Yor k City.

Ez ra Cornell. The Treman Park is one of the largest inla nd marinas in New York State with 370 wet and 30 dry slips for seasonal occupanc y. A highlight of a visit to Cornell is a wal k through the Cornell Plantation. The Glen itself is a water carved canyon that is a nature l over’s delight. is at the southern end of Seneca Lake. The Hanger Theater. Watkins Glen. is at the foot o f Lake Cayuga. several miles north of Ithaca on the west shore of Lake Cayuga contains miles o f hiking trails and a waterfall taller than Niagara Falls. . Ithaca is also the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. and museums. This beautifully landscaped agricultural resea rch park contains specimen plants from all over the world. facilities for recreational and competitive rowing. New York vintners managed to crossbreed European grape stock with the hardier native varieties and produced vines that will live long and prosper in the frigid land of “lake effect” snow.. The town itself is quite ordinary except during race week when you have to cross the streets carefully to avoid getting run down by Lamborghinis o r Maseratis. theaters. Any yachts capable o f using the canal can be accommodated. Cornell University and Ithaca College. Ithaca is a g ood place to resupply. the prototypical college town. Transient fees are very reasonable and fu ll marine services are available in the area. is located at the southern end of Lake Cayuga.reached by the short Cayuga/Seneca canal extending south from the Erie Canal. If internat ional wine tasting medals are any indication. Transient slips can be reserved by a phone call to the park office (607-272-1460). are situated in bucolic su rroundings and resemble sets from a 1930s college movie. Like any major college community.S. The Taughannock Park. For those continuing onward. orchestras. It haca boasts cultural attractions. The park has a small marina with transient docking although many yachtsmen with larger boats choose t o anchor just offshore and dinghy in. The local ice cream is said to rival the best of Vermont’s Ben and Jerry’s. The land between Lake Cayuga and Lake Seneca is ideal for vinicultu re. founder of Cornell University. and a big marina. The park includes launch ramps. Many of New York’s best wineries are located in the narrow strip o f land between the lakes. adjacent to the Treman Marina has an excellent reparatory acting compan y that offers modern and classical plays throughout the summer season. The city of Ithaca. The seasonal slips are assigned by an annual lottery. Bo th lakes are about 40 miles long and up to 4 miles wide with deep crystal clear fresh water. With 55 wineries. a large state park dedicated to water sports. They are what you alway s imagined a college would look like. well known to motor racing fans. Take that France and Germany. In the U. The Treman Marine Par k. Harbor si de restaurants are available for any taste and pocketbook. New York white wines may be equal to the best in the world. Many boaters from New York and Can ada simply spend the entire summer in the Treman Park marina and treat it as a b ase from which to explore the Finger Lakes. the Finger Lakes are one of the choice wine producing area s in the world. New York is secon d only to California in the quantity of high quality wines produced. was a rich dairy farmer and stipulate d in his bequest that ice cream be available at every lunch and dinner served in college dining halls.

The last time I visited the area I c ounted 16 wineries on the shores of Lake Cayuga alone. busy at mosphere. stops running in October.communitysailingcenter. You can find a wealth of information on Finger Lakes wineries at the Cayuga Wine Trail. It is not as publiciz ed as California’s Napa Valley tour but the wines are just as good. Currently.ferries. Most of the Fi nger Lakes area wineries are near the water and are easily accessible from a boa t. is fai rly close to the New York shore. But it is probably best to rent a car in either Ithaca or Watkins Glen. The Willsboro Bay ma rina comes highly recommended. which op en in the spring and close in mid-October. it is Vermont’s largest city. residences and businesses that keep the waterfront alive.A favorite summer pastime is the wine tour. New York State borders the west shore. With abou t 39. I was in no conditio n to count.000 residents. north of Burlington. although it is the focus of a lot of commercial lake traffic. you will be rewarded w ith one of the best cruising grounds in the country. Inc. outdoor food vendors and tour boats. not to mention an equal n umber on Lake Seneca. .org). This is the area where m ost of the country’s grape juice is produced. public transportation to the waterfront is limited but handy: a free bus with a route that shuttles f rom the lake to the Church Street Marketplace and on to the University of Vermon t. Historic Val cour Island. Ticonderoga up to the Canadian Border at Rouse’s Point. in season. not to worry. If you decide to c ontinue on through the Champlain Canal to Lake Champlain. You will cer tainly need one. Burlington is an excellent place to stop. Vermont on the east. the site of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Information on all the winer ies in New York State can be found at (www. Those whose own boats are too big to explore the nooks and crannies of the Ve rmont shoreline can. rent small sailboats and kayaks at the Community Sailing Center (www.Y. (www. The downtown municipal marina ha s been restored. boat rentals. Many of the amenities are seasonal. If yo u intend to take the wine tour be sure to have a designated driver. If you are a teetotaler. This enclosed bay resembles a Norwegian fjord. The island has several lov ely and secluded anchorages. One of the prettiest stopping spots on the trip up the lake is Willsboro Bay on the Ne w York side. including public facilities on the city’s three beaches. hopping from one winery to the next to taste the premier wine offerings and the gourmet foods. By the time I finished the wine tour. The lake is the largest bod y of fresh water in the United States other than the Great Lakes. It extends for a sparkling one hundred miles from Ft. The waterfront exudes a cheerful. but the boat running between Burlington and Port operates ferries to the New York side of the lake and back year-round. The Lake Champlain Transportat ion Company (www. But it is yearround shops. N.cayugawinetrail. The lake s widest point is between the cities of Burlington on the Vermont shore and Port Kent on the New York side. I ts major advantage is that it is within short walking distance of Burlington s v ery pleasant shopping and dining area.

V. Visit the antique boat museum at Clayton. This trip will give you just about every marine experience you can enc ounter but pirates. It reminds you of your Grandmother’s attic on super steroids.). is an entirely protected harbor.tasteofburlington. www.trappfamily. and lined with marine services. hurricanes. For those who can’t spare the time for an entire Loop voy age. Cruise amongst the Thousand Isla nds. Thi s tricky passage was the major escape route for runaway slaves fleeing to Canada prior to the Civil War. The bottom of Mallets Bay is covered with freshwater clams that look good enough to eat.shelburnemuseum. Lawrence. Retrace your steps on the Tren t-Severn or cruise down Lake Huron to Lake Erie and re-enter the Erie Canal near Buffalo. If Austrian cuisine is not to your taste. and salt water (except for the lower Hudson).quatorzebistro. is a favorite of mine (802-253-7773. There are s everal good reasonably priced restaurants near the waterfront. Lawrence River. the Oswego to Lake Ontario to the Trent-Severn Waterway an d the Trent-Severn to Georgian Bay in Lake The maritime museum has tea med with a local operator to offer shipwreck tours via a remotely operated vehic le (R. Mallets Then the Erie to the Oswego Canal. Th e museum features 150.skinnypancake. But looks aren’t everything.Scuba divers can. in season. I ve found the fo llowing to be more than adequate: Taste of Burlington (112 Lake Street.harrisonstowe. www. Skinny Pancake (Lake & College 802-5 40-0188. continue your drive up the winding Mountain Road over Smuggler’s Notch. This museum is a treasure tro ve of Americana located in 39 buildings set on 45 beautiful landscaped acres. www. www. they taste like mud. From there travel to Sackett’s Harbor and around Cape Vincent to the St. explore marked with buoys that are part of the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. 802865 -9700. Take the gondola up Mount Mansfield to the top of the highest peak in the state. a popular substitute trip is up the Hudson to the Erie Canal. Some of Vermont’s most dramatic scenery is within a s hort radius of Burlington.000 works of folk art. stopping at Montreal for a little R&R. Eat an Au strian inspired meal at the Trapp Family Lodge of “Sound of Music” fame (802-253-851 1.) from a boat on the lake’s surface (www. 802658-4 Harrison’s. Stowe boasts a number of other excellent restaurants. Continue up the St. and the Quatorze Bistro (30 Main Street. sheltered from occasional summer storms that hit t he area. One sight not to be missed is the Shelburne Museum j ust south of Burlington (www. in the middle of Stowe Villag e. Then the Erie Canal to the Oswego Canal. No matter how pre just a bit north of Burlington. www. Impressionist and American painting s and Americana. then time permi tting. Swimming is excellent although the wate r is cold until midsummer. Take   . rent a car and drive to Stowe a nd see what the premier ski town of the East looks like in the summer. If you have the time. A slightly shorter alternate trip would take you up the Hudson to the Erie Canal.shipwrecktour. Aft er cruising Lake Champlain you will appreciate the local’s desire to protect the p ristine purity of the water.

Years ago my son and I walke d almost across the ice covered river at Cold Spring.gc. This has been happening less a nd less frequently. Vermont.gc. . The less said about taxes. If you start now. Cruise the Lake until you tire of gorgeous scenery and crystal clear water. you can get a front row seat for the festivities. The nominal opening date of the New York State Canal System is May 1. My sincere thanks to John Vargo and the entire staff of that excellent magazine . Rideau Canal information is ava ilable at 1800-230-0016 or at http://parkscanada. Canadian Parks Service. Information on Quebec canals can be obtained at 1-450–477-4888 or on th e web at (http://parcscanada. listings of marine services. Remember that this is a guide not a contract. Before including a particular canal as part of your route it would be wise to check for any limit s on draft or overhead clearance or if there will be shutdowns for repair and ma intenance.state. and the province of Quebec will all commemorate the 400th anniversary Henry Hudson’s voyage and Samuel de Champlain’s first visit to the region.pch. It depends largely on the rate of snow melt in the hills. Travel through the canals may be subject to delays early in the season because of high water.. NY. Quebec. Most of this inf ormation is useful or entertaining and you can’t beat the and from: Superintendent. Boaters can expect waterfront activity in the Hudson Valley a nd Lake Champlain to increase dramatically in 2009. Both the NYS Canal Corpor ation and the Canadian Parks Service will send you free information packets incl uding charts. In cold winters northern portions of the river freeze over to the delight of ice fishermen and ice boaters. probably due to global warming. Finally. The only thing bad about this area is winter and taxes.qc. PO Box 189. Tren t-Severn Waterway information is available at 1-800-663-BOAT (http://parkscanada . Get more information from: The NY S Canal Corporation.risq. Albany. Chambly. The ice has usually melted aro und Syracuse by then. Telephone: 514-658-0681.a sharp right turn at Sorel and continue down to the Richelieu Canal and then to Lake Champlain. J3L 1Y4. Then down the Champlain Canal and you are back in the Hudson. and places to visit. Telephone: 1-800-4CANAL4 (www. counting the boats that ha d been swept away from upstream moorings and were frozen in the floes. I have personally verified most of the listings but.pch. 1369 Bourgone S t. The closing date is November 15. things change from year to year. of s. the Much of the information in the following appendice s was extracted from lists published in Boating on the Hudson and other Prime boating season for the Hudson River is from May through October although commer cial traffic continues until the river freezes in December. New York State.ny.

Chelsea Piers On The Hudson River and Surfside Three Marina. Lunch 11:30 to 3 PM. Free docking at the marina.. What i s interesting about this marina and the Liberty State Park complex adjacent to i t is the casual. As you approach the mari na you will be asked the purpose of your visit by the guard. Telephone 1-2 01395-0300. East Shore Located just so uth of the aircraft carrier Intrepid is a marina at the end of West 23d Street. Jersey City. Liberty La nding Marina’s headquarters is located on a large 1923 steel barge. S unday brunch hours are from 11 am to 3 PM. The kitchen is open daily from 12 Noon to 10 PM with the bar open later.Appendix 1: Dining along the Hudson Below the George Washington Bridge… Liberty Landing Marina at 1-201-985-8000 Located on the Morris Canal. Guest docking is available at the Newport Marina on an “as available” basis. West Shore. Closed on Monday. Chelsea Piers 1-212-336-6666 (This number will provide all information on the Chelsea Piers complex.. The Liberty House Restaurant is a few steps away from the docks. New Jersey. New Jersey. Pier 60 West 23rd St. Cafe Newport Restaurant at the Newport Yacht C lub and Marina. almost country atmosphere that prevails while at the same time you have the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline anywhere in New Yor k Harbor. and Sat. Tuesday through Thursday dinner hours are 5 PM to 10 PM while Friday a nd Saturday the hours are 5 PM to 11 PM. . Thurs. Channel 72 monitored. The marina is located AT 500 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City. Just tell him you a re going to the restaurant for dinner and you will have no problem entering the complex. VHF channel 72 is monitored .Manhattan. Telephone is 1-201-395-0300 there is free docking at the marina for the restaurant goers. Dinner hours are 4:30 to 10 PM. 1-201-626-7200 Cafe Newport is located in the Newport Yacht Club and Marina complex. Rita’s Burgers (located within Chelsea Piers) 1-212-604-0441 The B rewery (located within Chelsea Piers) 1-212-336-6440. Continental cuisine prevails. Surfside Three Marina 1 212 336 7873 (call this number to be assured of dock space) Dock and dine rate is $1. NY . You can call the marina at 201 626 5550 (marina office) or 201 626-5552 (Dockmaster) for reservations and availability. Surfside Three Marina within Chelsea Piers has temporary tie up for visitors. Sunday dinner 4:30 to 8 PM.00 per foot up to 4 hours.). “THE WINTER GARD EN” which was once a “lightship”. Live jazz Wed. It has been restored to immaculate condition. VHF channel 68. The lunch hours are 11:30 AM to 3 PM..

Ar thur’s Landing at the Port Imperial Marina. Saturday 5:00-11:00. Dinner starts at 5 :00pm nightly. NJ. It is an easy walk out of the Lincoln Harbor complex to next door. Lunch starts at 11 :30am Monday through Saturday. bright. Weehawken.863 5100. . Hours of operation are 5 to 10 PM Monday through Thursday. (3-hour limit) to keep your boat at Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club whi le visiting these restaurants. Complimentary docking is available for restaurant patrons c ourtesy of the Port Imperial Marina. These stands include: The Dog House. 1000 Harbor Boulevard Weehawken. The menu consists of appetizers and main course with an Italian flavor. Call them at 201348-6628 Ruth’s Cris Steak House.1-201-8670777 or in N. For further infor mation please contact the Marina at 201-902-8787. 5 to 11 PM on Friday Saturday and Sunday 5 to 10 PM. Thursday from 11:30 AM unt il 1 AM. 201 . It features 29 varieties of beers wi th ten of them available at all times. There is a Dock and Dine charge of $ 1. 1200 Ha rbor Boulevard. Call Arthur ’s Landing direc tly at 201-867-0777. and the Boogie Woogie Bagel B oys.West Shore (40°46’15”-74°00’48). The Golden Eggroll. There is even a brick oven where wonderful thin c rust pizza is made! Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club. and open at rium. Houlihan’s is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 AM until 11 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended.The Chelsea Brewing Company and Restaurant located at Pier 59 within Chelsea Pie rs. but expensive.800-835-6060. Houlihan’s is the place for c asual fun dining with steaks. This i s one of the best steak houses in the NYC area. Food Court. Weehawken. Arthur ’s Landing is located on the P rt Imperial grounds directly on the edge of the Hudson River. burgers. monster salads. seafood.. Weehawken. Houlihan’s. on Sunday a brunch is offered. New Jersey.Y. is the only brewery in New York Harbor. Third Avenue Deli. The G ourmet Chicken. The Chart House Restaurant… The Chart House Restaur ant is available by docking at Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club. lunch on Friday 12:00–2:30. Lite &Natural. Weehawken. New Jersey. New Jersey. 201-863-4000. 1200 harbor Boulevard. All of the stands are open from 11:30 AM to 5 PM. Slips are available on an ‘as available’ basis only and arrangements must be made with the Marina in advance. Monday through Friday. reopen for dinner at 5:00-11:00.00 per foot. There are a number of restaurants and grills that you can focus on within walking distance of dock ing your boat at Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club. Bravo Pizza. The views from the waterside dining of Manhattan are spectacular. Dinner is served daily Monday thru Thursday 5 PM until 10 PM. New Jersey The Food Court is a collection of seven mini-restaurant stands in a large.

. Striped Bass features an extensive selec tion of “top-of-the catch” seafood at their “Island Oasis” on the Hudson. Zagat’s rates it 29 out of a possible 30. Xaviar’s at P iermont (845-359-7007) is the best restaurant in the Hudson Valley if not one of the best in the entire New York area. Sunset C ve offers a selection of steak. Located on Piermont Avenue. New York.. To enter the Washington Irving Boat Club area by b oat look for Red buoy #2 marking the channel to Tarrytown. There are two docks available for boats to tie up directly in front of the marina. The patio grill is open Thursday through Sunday.73°52’03”)..(41°02’48” .73°55’00”). 845 3599852 or 845 359-0410. Boaters should follow he well marked channel starting 0. The Lighthouse on the Hudson at the Tappan Zee Marina. (41°04’17”.West Shore. and Italian specialties. Striped Bass Restaurant at the Tarrytown Boat Club. There are no fees.. Xaviar’s companion restaurant. the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.73°55’00”). The Tarrytown Boat Club will answer at 914 631-1300. For information on dining or docking please call 845-365-1986. New York. 845 365-1986.1 mile north of the bridge to the marina entra nce. grilled fish. Sunset Cove.. This entrance is marked with a flashing amber marker (2x per second) and a large Texaco sign that is lit at night. NY..(41°02’44 . West Shore. Ea st Shore. at the Washington Irving Boat Club. Piermont. but if you want to treat yourself royally. East S hore (41°04’28” -73°52’05”) 0. the marin a is found 0..3 mile North of the Piermont Pier. steaks. There is a very limited amount of dock space available for restaurant patrons. The restaurant also offers outdoor riverside p atio dining under a large white tent at their “Cornetta’s Cafe. Tarrytown. the Tappan Zee arina is found 0... No surprise since they sh are the same kitchen.” During their season A pril through November. this is the plac e. and no reserva tions are required. Located on Piermont Avenue. but there are attendants. however. The place is much less formal. Cornetta’s features fresh seafood. 914 3664455. The Striped Bass Restaurant strongly urges you to call ahead for dock space and reservation s on weekends. Cornetta’s Seafood Restaurant at Cornetta’s Marina. turn right at this bu oy and go straight to the club located nearest the eastern corner of the Tappan Zee Bridge. seafood.4 mile north of the Tappan Zee bridge. The food is just as good. pastas and a wide assortment of daily specials. There is guest docking for 14 vessels up to 34’in length. 914 366-7889. Above the Tappan Zee Bridge..North of the George Washington Bridge.. The Freelance Café and Wine Bar (845-365-3250) is right next door. 914-3664455. Piermont. Tarrytown. T he tab will be high. Docking with an attendant wi ll be available but it is mandatory to call ahead to make reservations for your boat. Reserva tions are requested for their dock. New York.2 mile North of the Piermont Pier. the prices lower. chops.

It offers casual dining in their large airy. Anchorage north of Croton Point is easy with eight fe et of water over a good holding bottom. NY. Verplanck. NY 1 0520. This boutique restaurant is about a block away from the Cr oton town dock. Bring your own wine. There is a breezy outdoor patio deck at the waters edge for ca sual dining during the summer season. If you are coming by boat the best landmark for this restaurant is the two smokestacks of the Bowline Haverstr aw Power Plant approximately a half mile to the north of the restaurant. Western Shore. Ea st Shore (41°14’53” . The lunch and dinner menu offe rs a selection of appetizers. The restaurant is small.73°57’16”) The Viking boatyard is fou d opposite the “SP”shore marker at Stony Point. Lunch and dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday with a lite menu a t the bar on Monday evenings from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. should provide a good landmark from the water as well. as well as a tavern menu.with dinner from 5:00 PM unt il 10 PM (11 PM on Friday &Saturday. seating only about 30 patrons. There is docking for at least 15 boats. Please note: there is a 2-hou r time limit on the dock. Civile’s is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM.73°57’16”) The Charles Point Marina is found on the northern side of ents Cove opposite green buoy #27. This rockpile is almost complete ly covered at high tide. Chef Brian Galvin serves the best seafood in the entire New York area. The Viking Boat Yard requires that all boats going to the Hudson Bist ro tie up outside the marina on the Northern dock. There is a straight shot in along the 110’of dock. Peekskill. Calling ahead is very important at 91 4 737-9092. salads. There is 6’ of water at the docks at low tide. Bayview Club at the Haverstraw Marina. restaurant with superb views o f the Hudson from almost every seat in the house. They are open daily from 11 AM to midnight (4 AM on Friday and Saturday) with full dinners served until 10 PM each evening . Haverstraw. meat and chicken entrees.73°57’53”) The marina is found 260 off red buoy #26. 606 Beach Rd. It is open only for dinner. 914-737-9092.. From here it is a short walk to the restaurant. Haverstraw.. I wholeheartedly recommend the Oc ean House. The Gin House Grill at Cry stal Bay Restaurant at the Charles Point Marina..Ocean House Oyster Bar and Grill. Over the pas t few years the approach to the marina and the marina itself have filled in so t hat there is approximately 3 feet of water at mean low tide. As you approach Civile’s by boat there will be a large rockpile on your right (starboard side) approximately 200 feet from Civile’s docks. NY 10927.m. foot of Main Street. 845947-1000. 914-737-8332.) Saturday lunch is from 12 noon with dinner from 5 PM to 11 PM. Tuesday through Satu rday. (914-271-0702).(41°11’43” . New York 10927. 845-429-3891.73°57’35”). It is usually uncrowded in the evening and there is no fee.Sundays the brunch is from 11 AM until 2:30 PM with dinner u ntil 9 PM. NY. pastas. and no reservatio ns are taken. The docks are well lit at night. Hudson Bistro at the Viking Boat Yard.. 49 N. as we ll as the gazebo. East Shore (41°14’53” . Dinghy to the Croton dock. West Shore (41°13’17” . Croton of Hudson. from 5 to 9 p. There are privately maintained green and red markers on the approach. Riverside Avenue. Low water on the approach to the marina at low tide is 4’. There are guest . The lar ge canopied dining area on the front lawn and the prominent sign (Civile’s). Civile’s “Venice on the Hudson”.

It is included in this l ist because devoted local patrons are trying to get the family to reopen in time for the next boating season. the harbormaster can. G wendolyn Bounds lovingly described this miniscule convenience store and watering hole in her evocative book “A Little Chapel on the River. Guinan’s Country Store. Lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Dinner from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. Christmas or Mother’s Day. Cold Spring Depot. Garrison is good place to stop. The Gin House is.Y. and numerous other restaurants are along the main stre et of Cold Spring on the east shore of the Hudson. anchoring close to shore is possible. first served basis. Telephone number at the Cold Spring Bo at Club is 845 265-2465. even if you’re planning on stopping on the weekends. have the docked boats removed. The restaurant is open Monday through . L ocated in the Cold Spring Railroad Station adjacent to the main track of the Amt rak Hudson River line. There is room for 7 to 9 boats on the outside of the floating docks. children. you may be able to stay for a time a t the short fuel dock. The only docking available in Cold Spring is at the Cold Spring Boat Club. every few hours. The Hudson House. the restaurant offers a wide selection of lunch and dinne r specialties both indoors in their rustic historic location or outdoors on thei r patio deck. N. No reserva tions are accepted and it is on a first come. If your boat is small. Since this is a mi litary facility. It is suggested that arrangements to stop at the West Point docks be made during the week. No fees are re quired.docks available for up to 8 boats with additional docks available by appointment . stretch your legs. If not. The Hudson House. The Sunday Brunch at the Thayer Hotel has made it world famous. NY. say in the 30’ range. the building where Fleischmann’s gin was distilled for several decades The Hotel Thayer at West Point 845-938-4011 (Ask for the Harbormaster. Crystal Bay Restaurant is open on Friday and Saturday night for bar trade only . 845-265-5000. It is crowded on ho lidays such as Easter. and those with an i nner child is the Adirondak Express that rumbles by. From the docks at West Point it is a half-mile walk up the hill to the Hotel Thayer. Friday night is seafood night Buffet. 845-265-9355 is the closest restaurant to the C old Spring Boat Club and probably the most elegant in Cold Spring. A special feature for railway buffs. 1 Railroad Plaza. indeed. Cold Spring. It features continental cuisine and has an extensive wine list. almost within touching dist ance. Breakfast is served from 7 AM to 10 AM. It is located in a 200 year old inn that was once a favorite stopping place for passengers ab oard Hudson River packets. Call ahead.) The Tha yer Hotel telephone number is 845-446-4731 There is docking available at the Wes t Point military docks at the discretion of the harbormaster. Garrison. and wander through the art galleries and antique shops that dot this tiny town. 30 foot maximum length on vessels. Cold Spring Depot.” The store is now closed because of the death of owner John Guinan in June 2008. There is a lounge menu available 5 PM –10 PM on Friday &Saturday. however the club asks that you register in the clubhouse before visiting any of the restaurants or shops in town. It is possible to anchor in the bay just north of town and dinghy in. at a moment’s notice.

Breakfast is served on weekends from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. It has excellent Italian-American specia lties. and the best brick oven pizza on the river. Open everyday 11 AM to 9 PM.Thursday for lunch and dinner from 11 AM to 10 PM. NY. at the “new” Newburgh Municipal Launch Ramp. The follow ing restaurants are close to each other on Front St. The launch ramp is found 1. Lunch 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Newburgh. The Newburgh Yacht Club is found on the West shore tucked almost in the shadow of the Rt. 40 Front St. Dinner 5 to 9 PM every day. Torches Restaurant located at the northerly p ortion of the newly renovated area has its own easy access docks for its custome rs. 845-565-0077. Newburgh. Newburgh. it is possible to anchor north of Cold Spring and dinghy ashore. NY Havana 59. a boutique restaurant and bar seating about 40 patrons. Ital ian cuisine. which ranges from nachos to swordf ish with a full menu of seafood specialties and steaks available all day long. 54 transient slips available. The Riverview is three blocks north of the Cold Sp ring main street next to the river. Nikola’s Restaurant & Bistro is at the Newburgh Yacht Club. 845561-5255. fine wines. 845-561-9444. 50 Front St. The River Grill. 845-562-7767.74°00’23”). Lunch weekdays 12 to 3 PM. (41°31’00” . On Sunday afternoon from 1 PM to 5 PM a live Dixieland jazz band plays in the outdoor gazebo. The Newburgh Waterfront Gully’s Restaurant. My f avorite is the Mexican pizza. 120 Front Street. Gully’s is really two restaurants in one location. Newburgh. For boats too large for the Cold Spring Boat Club. is my per sonal favorite in the Cold Spring area. on the Newburgh waterfr ont. The Riverview ( 845-265-4778). Nikola’s is open 7 days a week lunch begins at 11:30 AM and dinner continues u ntil 10 PM. 845-561-7676. 84 bridge . The upstairs open air deck is a super casual place for food and drink. West Sh ore (41°29’43” . Cena 2000. There is transit docking near the fuel dock. Gully’s features an extensive menu.. Reservations are accepted and are encouraged during the busy summer season. . Torches R estaurant. There is an outside patio as well to enjoy the cool summer breeze. NY. Call 845 561-5255 or VHF channel 68 for available dock space. 845-568 0100. The downstairs dining area is o pen from 5 PM until and the upstairs dining and drinking area is open for lunch and dinner. Nikola’s Restaurant is in the upstairs area of the cl ub. a great riverfront view.74°00’22”). T here is docking for about 10 boats right alongside the floating barge.4 miles south of the Newburgh/Beaco Bridge. Rich maho gany paneling is used throughout the interior. Cu ban/Mexican food. Dinner 5-11 PM. Contemporary American cuisine.

845-565-3939. . Open 11:30 AM to 10 PM daily. 40 Front St.. 845-565-1444. Telephone 845-691-6011. Brass Anchor Restaurant at the Hyde Park°56’26”). The marina is found 1. Many diners will feed the huge striper s and carp that come to the surface when bread crumbs are thrown to them.Café Pitti. 845-562-7111. New York. Open 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM weekdays.. What makes it unique is the deep water throughout Rondout Creek and easy acc ess to shore via the public docks located between the two bridges or from the ma rinas that are located on both sides of Rondout Creek. The Blue Martini. North of the Poughkeepsie Route 55 and RR Bridges.2 miles North of the RR bridge at Poughkeepsie). There is an outside clam bar and patio dining overlooking the Hudson.. Mariners has a huge open deck directly over the river. 50 Front. St. There is also a Sunda y Brunch from11:30 to 2:30 year round featuring “all you can eat!” Rondout Creek.. Trade Winds. 845 452-3232 or 845 452-3238. Restaurant hours 11:00 AM to 1 1:PM daily.. Highland. Between the Two Poughkeepsie Bridges. Th e restaurant features an extensive selection of seafood specialties. West Shore.. This area of the Hudson River is the number one destination for boaters. no ne. Eclectic American cuisine. Wood fired pi zza a specialty. Located on the west shore of the Hudso n River opposite Poughkeepsie and just to the north of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. Rondout Creek is found by locating Rondout Creek Lighthouse at the mouth of the Creek. Go slow. a sure hit with any child. The marina is lit at night. Mariners-On-The-Hudson Restaurant. Sushi a specialty.mariner’sonthehudson. Minimum water on approach is 35’.4 miles North of Red buoy #60 (buo is 0. 46 River Road.. There is approximately 200 ‘of easy docking. You MUST NOT CREATE ANY WAKE! On the Rondout Creek itself there is t he Kingston Municipal Dock.. From here it is easy walking distance to the followi ng restaurants. www. 40 Front St.... 11:30 AM to 10 PM weekends.. Mariners is open year round.. NY 12528. Open 11 AM to 11 PM Mon-Fri. E ast Shore (41°44’19” . Turn into the Cree k. There is an outs ide bar and a gazebo on the deck as well.

NY. Brunch starts at 9 AM Sunday. NY.. Tuesday through Saturday.– Sat. Kingston. Fri. NY. NY. 845 340-8051 Mari ner’s Harbor Seafood Restaurant is located next to the Kingston City dock on the c orner of Broadway and West Strand. Docking available. The eight over eight windows reflect the historic ambiance of the area a nd can make for an enjoyable leisurely dinner or quick bite. Casua l waterfront dining located in the historic Rondout District of Kingston.. NY. The dock area consists of a length of wooden floats adjoining the c oncrete bulkhead of River Front Park. Kingston. Strand. Sunday noon to 9 PM. 845 331-3221 The Golden Ginza. Eddyville. 5 to 9:30 PM. 10 AM to 10 PM. NY. New York Times. at Ron dout Bay Marina. Athens. New York. directly on the water on Rondout Creek. The indoor bar is open until 2:00 am and has a limited menu. High ratings from Zagats. Enjoy live jazz every Saturday from 7 PM-12AM and wine lover s Wednesday. NY. 15 West Strand.-Thur. Kingston . The restaurant combines Old New York Steak House atmosphere and progressiv e American cuisine. Th ere is a free shuttle service with dinner from any of the marinas located along the Rondout. 845 3348887. NY! The Village of Athens offers over 150 ft of dock t o allow short-term visitors access to the restaurants and shops in the downtown Athens area. Athens Riverfront Park.-Sat. Open 7 days a week. Garden Terrace. Sun. 1 West Strand. 845 339-8132 or 845 339-8134 Ship to Shore Restaurant. North of the Catskill/Hudson Bridge. . Rondout Bay Restaurant. Kingston. Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant. 845 331-5904. Broadway and West Strand. 86 E. 11 AM to 10 PM. Kingston. The menu has traditional and gourmet Mexican and International specialties plus daily pasta. In the hi storic Mansion House. a dining room and a bar indoors. Downtown Cafe. Open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM with a late night bar. 845-339-3917 Located at a private marina. The An chorage Restaurant at the Anchorage Marina. Eddyville. NY. 4 to 9 PM.Mariner’s Harbor Seafood Restaurant. West Shore. Home st yle food. One Broadway. Rosita’s is open 7 days a week from 11:30am to 10:30pm for dining. It also has an outside patio on the Rondou t that seats 200. 845 339-5372. Kingston. Dinners Tues. a few steps away from the Kingston Docks. The re staurant features a large open dining area separate from the bar and other dinin g area. seafood and steak specials. 845-338-9899. Mondays 4 PM to 10 PM. There isn’t a quainter area on the River than Athens. It is the largest building in the area. 10 AM to 11 PM. The newly renovated building has a banquet r oom. There are no fees or services available at dockside.. Open Mon. Rondout Golden Duck. 24-28 Broadway.

New York. 518-465-9228.and Sunday Noon to 10 PM. comfortable spot features a selection of burgers and sandwiches at lunch time and pasta specialt ies for dinner. At the south end of the barge the re is dock space for over 100 feet of complementary docking or dock at the City of Albany Docks and walk north through the park. seafood. Renssela er. salads . Open Tuesday -Friday 11 AM to 9 PM. The Albany Yacht Club. The Boat House Restaurant. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday noon to 10 PM. Consult your up to date charts before entering the area. NY (between buoys 185 and 187). For guests of the Albany Yacht c lub there is the very popular Friday evening dinner at the club’s restaurant. grilled chicken & jalapino jack quesadilla. At Shady Harbor Mari na. beverage and dessert for a r elatively low price.Closed Monday. Located just across the street f rom the public dock at the Athens Riverfront Park.2 mile south of he Albany Railroad Bridge at the bulkhead of the Corning Preserve Waterfront Par k. Albany. Restaurant 518-756-7033.73°45’00”). Light fare offerin gs include seafood chowder in a French bread bowl. Yanni’s Too at Coeymans Landing Marin a. East Shore (42°38’16” . West Shore. You can call the marina at 518 272 5341 or check with the dock personnel who are available 2 4 hours. crab cakes. Riverfront is an imaginative floating restaurant and club. Located 0. Troy Town Dock and Marina. the multi-story Troy Pub & Brewery offers a r ange of pub style cuisine from light appetizers and finger foods through complet e sit down dinners. Marina 518-756-6111. burgers. Riverfront Bar &Grill at the Corning Preserve Par k.Ursula’s Riverside Diner is closest to the docks. In addition there is an operating boutique brewery right on the premises producing a selection of full flavored beers. Overlooking the Troy Town Dock. Saturday 8 AM to 9 PM and Su nday 8 AM to 8 PM. New Baltimore. NY. (Friday and Saturday until midnight). From May 1st to Septem ber 31st. Satur day Noon to Midnight. There is dockage for restaurant patrons through the marina. Steaks. Troy. Dinner is served from 6 PM to 8 PM with the lounge open fro m 5 PM to 11 PM. The marina is found 0. NY 518-273-233 7.4 mile South of the Dunn Memorial Bridge.3 mile south of the Federal Lock in Troy. salad. New York.There are guest docks available for dine rs at Coeymans Landing Marina. NY. grilled sirloin steak. 518-445-9587. Coeym ans Landing Marina is located between Hudson River markers 189-191. just south of the Green Island Lift Bridge. They are open daily f or lunch a dinner starting at 11:30 AM and serve dinner until at least 11 PM eve ry evening. Coeymans. . The dinner is a limited menu affair with entree. or call the marina o n VHF channel 16 for further assistance. The club is f und 0. this casual. West Shore (42°39’49” . 518-426-4738. There is an extensive ground dike directly across from the marina on the western side channe l. Ita lian specialties.73°44’42”). Troy Pub &Brewery at the Troy Town Dock and Marina Troy. Free docking while dining.

The restaurant is open for dinner at 5:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday. 518-2732 740. The River Street cafe offers a variety of cuisines including selections of Italian. on the Troy Town Dock and Marina Troy. and Thai.The River Street Cafe. French/Continental. . New York.

Hess unleaded gasoline (93 Octane) an d Hess diesel are available. Western Shore. Days and times of operation are 8 am to 6 pm seven days a week with extended summer hours are from 8 am to 8 pm from Memorial Day t o labor Day. Englewood. MasterCard. Unleaded ga soline (89 Octane) and diesel are available. Jersey City. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) is available.) F or further information call 1-201-902-8787 or 201-902-8788 Contact on VHF Channe l #88A. Western Shore. Port Imperial Marina . Visa. 40 ° 52’ 42” -73° 56’ 45”. Minimum water on approach is 20’ with 20’ at the dock. Tappan Zee Marina.3 miles south of the Tap pan Zee Bridge. 40 ° 46’ 15”. Alpine Boat Basin. For further information call 201 386-7500. NJ The marina is found on the north side of the Morris Canal.) Expanded hours for the summer season (May 15th to October 15th) are daily form 8 am to 8 pm. Englewood Boat Basin. (Hours are extende d into the evening during the summer season). Western Shore. Days and times of operation are dai ly from 8 am to 4:30 pm all year. The marina is located 1. Da ys and times of operation are 9 am to 6 pm seven days a week. For further information call 1-201-894-9510.Appendix 2: Fuel Guide to the Hudson Liberty Harbor Marina. Days and times of operation are 10 am to 5:30 pm Monday throug h Thursday and 9 am to 8:00 pm Friday through Sunday and holidays. (Note: the facility is a BoatUS cooperating marina. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and dies el are available. New Jers y The marina is located 1. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) is available. (Closed Saturday and Sunday from the end of No vember to mid-April. Visa. Opening day i s May 1st and closing day is November 1st. Opening day is May 1st and closing day is November 1st. Minimum water on approach is 6’ with 5’ at the dock. Days and times of operation are 9 am to 5 pm Monday t hrough Thursday and 9 am to 8 pm Friday through Sunday and holidays. Minimum water on approach is 6’ with 4’ at the dock.74° 00’ 48” Weehawken.) Minimum water o n approach is 4’ with 3’ at the dock. (Be certain to go well outside of the north side of the pier on approach. MasterCard. The facility is open all year. Discover and Ameri can Express are accepted. American Express and Discov er are accepted. Western Shore 40 ° 02’ 48” . Alpine. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.6 miles north of the George Washington Bridge.73° 55’ 11”. New York.73° 55’ 00” Piermont. 40 ° 5 6’ 47” . Opening day is . New Jersey The facility is found dire tly across from the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid (42nd Street in Manhattan) Minimum water on approach is 25’ with 6’ at the dock. Along side of the pier there is a sunken steel barge. New Jersey The marina is located south of the repositioned g reen buoy #5. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. F or further information call 1-201-768-9798.

73° 57’ 56” Stony Point.May 15th and closing day is November 1st. ice and beverages. (Sometimes referred to as Croton Point). For further information. Days and times of oper ation are 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. Eastern Shore. discover are accepted. The facility is located 0. NY. Visa. Western Shore.73° 57’ 53” West Haverstraw. Eastern Shore 41 ° 04’ 28” -73° 52’ 05” Tarrytown. Open 7 days. Opening day is April 15th and closing day is November 1 5th. MasterCard. American Express and Discover are accepted.) For further information call 845 429 9120 or 800 477 4OIL (477-4645 ) Contact on VHF Channel #9. Texaco unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and Texac o diesel are available. Minimum water on approa ch is 12’ with 5’ at the dock. Western Shore 41 ° . Minimum water on approach is 12’ with 12’ at the dock.1 mile north of the Tappan Zee Bridge to marina entrance. Panco Ma rine Fueling. NY. Min imum water on approach is 10’ with 8’ at the dock.) the gas doc k is closed on Tuesdays. MasterCard. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel (40 cetane) are available. For further information call 845 429 2001 (office). Look for the sixty-foot long sixtee n-foot high red sign on the side of the white fuel tank. Contact on VHF Channel #68.359-5522.73° 52’ 15’ Ossining. New York. Contact on VHF channel #9 & 16. 8 to 8 Visa. Discover and all o ther major cards are accepted. Tarrytown M arina. (During the summer season these hours are extended fr om 8 am to 8 pm) Visa. Please note: (If you call ahead they may be able to accommodate you even though the posted hours say closed. For furthe r information call 914 941-2203. Panco unleaded gasoline (89 & 93 Octane) and Panco Pr emium diesel are available. 41° 09’ 42” . Discover. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. The facility is located oppo ite red buoy #26 on the west shore. Days and times of operation are Wednesday thr ough Saturday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily (Sundays until 9 am to 4 pm. Days and times of operation are 8 am to 6 pm seven days a week. MasterCard. For further information call 914 631 1300. NY. Haverstraw Marina supplies ValvTect brand products. The marina is located opp site red buoy #18 at Tellers Point. Visa. American Express. call 845.3 mile north of red buoy #26 along the southern shore of Stony Point Bay (adja cent to Pennybridge Marine) at Grassy Point. 41 ° 13’ 07” . Wester ly Marina. Follow the well-marked hannel starting 0. During the winter months the fuel dock is opened by appointment. Ship Store. Haverstraw Marina. Minimum water on approach is 25’ with 9’ at the dock. The entrance to the marina is marked with a flashing amber marker. . MasterCard. Open all year.

Th marina is located 0.3 mile north of red buoy #26 on the north side of Grassy Point. launch ramp. For further information call 845 786 8767. (clo sed Monday). 41° 31’ 00” . Minimum water on approach is 40’ at the dock. (Call ahead for extended hours) ice. and American Express are accepted. Minim um water on approach is 5’ with 8’ at the dock. Contact on VHF channel #9 & 16. All major credit cards are ac cepted. NY. For furth er information call 845 565 3920 (bar) or (fuel dock) 845 562-0371 Whites Hudson River Marina. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.73° 00’ 23” Ne burgh. Opening day is April 1st and closing da y is October 30th. Motor oil. Marlboro. Opening day is April 1st and closing day is October 31st. American Express.6 mile north of the red buoy #58. Visa.2 mile north of RR bridge at Poughkeepsie). soda.2 mile south of the Newburgh Beacon Bridge. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel are avail able. Days and time of operation are 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. 8 am to 8 pm 7 days a week. (Hudson River Marine Services.73° 58’ 09” Stony Point.) Western Shore. For further information cal l 845 236 4486. Gulf unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) a nd Gulf diesel are available. Opening day is May 1st and closing day is October 15th. Visa. 2-cycle oil. ships store. MasterCard Visa and personal ch ecks with driver’s license ID is accepted. and clean restrooms are available. Days and times of operation are 10 am to 8 pm seven days a week from May 1 5th to October 15th. Saturday. 41 ° 35’ 08” . additives and ice are available. Mini mum water on approach is 12’ with 6’ at the dock. Hyde Park Marina. 41 ° 44’ 19” . . Contact on VHF #9. NY. Eastern Shore. NY The club is located 0. Newburgh Y acht Club.73° 57’ 44”. West Shore Marine Services. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel are available. The marina is located opposite D amond Reef red marker #56. Days and time of operation are daily. 41 ° 36’ 17” . Discover and Citgo gas card are accepted. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel are available . and 9”30 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Western Shore. NY. Sunday & Holidays from 8 am to 8 pm.73° 56’ 26” Hyde Park. The marina is located 1.73° 57’ 08” New Hamburg. Minimum water on app roach is 35’ with 8’ at the dock. Opening day is April 15th and closing day is November 15th. Days and times of operation are Tuesday throug h Friday from 11 am to 8 Pm. Days and times of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunda y 10 am to 5 pm. MasterCard. Citgo unleaded gasoline (89 Octane ) and Citgo diesel are available. For fu rther information call 845 473 8283. NY. Minimum water on approach is 22’ with 12’ at the dock.4 miles north of red buo #60 (buoy is 0. For further information call 845 297 85 20.Minisceongo Yacht Club Western Shore 41 ° 13’ 33” . MasterC ard. Inc. The club i located 0.

MasterCard. evening hours is sometimes extended. Discover and American Express are accepted. Days and times of operation are 7 am to 8 pm seven days a week with extended hours during the summer season. Kosco Fuel Dock. Minimum water on appr oach 15’ with 15’ at the dock.) Opening day is April 1st and closing day is December 1st. Memorial Day to Labor Day.) Visa. MasterCard. (Rondout Creek) 41 ° 54’ 42” . Connelly. Dis cover. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel is avai lable. Opening day is May 1st and closing day is October 31st .73° 58’ 16” Kingston. Minimum water on approach 18’ with 15’ at the dock. Minimum water on approac h is 15’ with 12’ at the dock. Unleaded gasol ine (89 Octane) and diesel are available. Mobil gas card. Sunday and Holiday s. For further info rmation call 845 331-0210. Days an d times of operation are 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week. South Shore. NY. American Expres s. Days and times of operation are 8 am t o 8 pm seven days a week. Minimum water on approach 15’ with 14’ at the dock. Power Test unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and Power Te st diesel are available.5 miles west of the Rond out Creek marker. (Rondout Creek) South Shore 41 ° 55’ 22” . The f cility is located on the south shore of Rondout Creek 0. MasterCard. Contact on VHF Channel #9 & 16. Lou’s Boat Basin#1 North Shore (Rondout Creek) 41 ° 54’02” . Visa.4 miles west of the Rondout Creek marker. NY. Contact on VHF Channel #9 & 16. Days and times of operation are 10 am to 7 pm seven . The marina is located 1. (During the summer seas on. The marina is located on the south shore of Rondout Creek 1.73° 56’ 52” Hyde Park.5 miles west of the Rondout Creek marker. Inc.Roger’s Point Boating Association. South Shore. American Express and Bank Debit Cards are accepted. visa. (Kingston) NY. For further informati on call 845 331-7061. and most major gas cards are accepted. Visa. Eastern Shore 41 ° 46’ 24” . MasterCard.) Opening day is during the second week of April and closing day is during the last week of October. For further information call 845 229 2236. Opening day is May 1st and closing day is November 31st. Rondout Yacht Basin. The marina is located on the north shore of Rondout creek 2. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) is available. . (Fu el is available from March 15th on an irregular schedule. Lead substitute for marina use is premixed into the gasoline. Certified Marine Service. Minimum water on ap proach is 14’ with 14’ at the dock.74° 0103” Eddyville (Kingston) NY. Mobil unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and Mobil diesel are available. For further information call 845 339 3060. Discover. (Rondout Creek) 41 ° 54’ 44” -73° 59’ 19”.8 miles west of the Rondout Creek marker and opposite the west end of the Gumear Island. (There are irregular hours on weekend’s based on the availability of club perso nnel. The club is located at Crumb Elbow at the 50’ “RP” shore marker. Days and times of operation are 8 am to 7 pm Saturday.73° 59’ 35” Connelly (Kingston). and New York State personal checks w ith drivers license ID are accepted.

. Inc. Hop-O-Nose Marine Inc. For further in formation call 845 331 4670. and Mobile gas card are accepted. Minimum water on approac h varies from 7’ to 14’ with 14’ at the dock. American Expr ess and Mobil Gas Card are accepted. NY.16 & 68.73° 56’ 16” Saugerties.5 mile in from Hudson River.days a week. Ma sterCard and personal checks with driver’s license ID are accepted. Mobil unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel are available Days and times of operation are f rom dawn to dusk seven days a week from April to the end of October. NY.2 mile north of g reen buoy #91. Days and times of operation 9 am to 9 pm seven days a week. an d 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday.73° 351’ 50” Catskill.7 mile west of green buoy #119. Openi ng day is April 15th and closing day is November 1st. pump out. Visa. Days and time of operat ion are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. 8 am to 7 pm Friday & Saturday.. Pumpout station available. For further information ca ll 518 943 4640.7 mile west of green buoy #119. Days and times of operation are 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. The marina is located on the north side of Catskill Creek 0. Minimum water on approach 12’ with 12’ at the dock. American Express . The marina is located on the north ide of Catskill Creek 0. Discover. ( Catskill Creek) 42 ° 12’ 48”-73° 51’ 58” Catskill. Mobil unleaded gasoline (89 octane) and Mobil diesel are available. Visa. MasterCard. The marina is located on the south side of Esopus Cree k 0. MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel are available. (Hours may vary at the beginning and the end of the season. Discover. Ice. Fuel servic e can be arranged at other times of the year. Riverview Marine Services.8 mile west of green buoy #119. MasterCard.) Visa. Visa. For further information call 1 5 18 943 5311. Visa. NY. Opening day is April 15th and closing day is November 1st. For further information call 518 943 4170 o r 800 747 2720. North Shore. NY. Minimum water on approach is 25’ with 16’ at the dock. Contact on VHF Channel #9. Saugerties Marina. South Shore (Esopus Creek) 42 ° 04’ 11” . MasterCard. (Catskill Creek) 42° 12’ 52” -73° 51’ 50” Catskill. Catskill Marina North Shore. Minimum water on approach is 12’ with 10’ at the dock. transient docks. Opening day is April 1st and closing day is December 1 st. short walk to villag e. The marina is located on the south s de of Catskill Creek 0. For further information call 845 24 6 7533. and Mobil gas card are accepted. Mobil unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and Mobil diesel are available. South Side. (Ca tskill Creek) 42 ° 12’ 52” .. American Express. Discover. Entrance to Esopus Creek is 0. Opening day is Ma y 1st and closing day is during the last week of October.

Ice and Pump out. Minimum water on approach 8’ with 14’ at the dock. Western Shore . The club is located on the east (main) channel of Middle Groun d Flats opposite green buoy #133 just north of the Athens Lighthouse.) Opening day is during the month of May and closing day is during the month of October. 42 ° 15’ 32” 73° 46’ 43” Hudson. This rock wall extends for about 900 yards along the whole length of the Coeymans waterfront area. NY. Unleaded gasoline (87 & 92 Octane) and diesel are available. Minimum water on approach is 7’ with 7’ at the dock. (Hours of oper ation can vary due to the availability of club personnel. South Shore. For further in formation call 518-756-8001. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) is available . 16 & 68. 42 ° 26’ 44” . Western Shore. Call 518-828-9023 Coxsackie Yacht Club.73° 47’ 21” Coeymans. MasterCard. Unleaded gasoline (89 O ctane) is available. Shady Harbor Marina. Opening day is during the fi rst week of April and closing day is duri ng the last week of October. and 8 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday. Visa. Days and times of operation are 9 am to 7 pm daily (8 pm on Friday). 42 ° 28’ 30” . Access from the south side of the channel is very limited due to a sand bar on the east side and rocks/old car s close to shore. The marina is locat d opposite red buoy #190. Special Note: There is a new set of . Eastern Shore.Catskill Yacht Club. New York. non-channel side of Cox-sac kie Island. NY. Coeymans Landin g Marina. Personal checks with drivers license ID are accepted. New York. Cash only at t he dock.73° 52’ 06” Catskill. The club is located on the west. New York. Please note the fuel dock usually stays open until n ightfall. Unleaded gasoli ne (89 Octane) is available. Opening day is April 15th and closing day is Octobe r 15th. Sunday and Holidays with sales limited to club and Mohawk Council members on ly. opposite the south end of the island. Cons ult your NOAA charts before approaching or leaving the area. For further information call 518-731-9819. Minimum water on approach 12’ with12’ at the dock. For further inform ation cal 1 518 943 6459. (Catskill Creek) 42 ° 12’ 54” . There is limited weekend daytime operation based on the ava ilability of club personnel. The club is located on the south side of Catskill Creek 0. Days and times of operation are 6:30 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Days and times of operation are 9 am to 5 pm Saturd ay. Minimum wa ter on approach 22’ with 22’ at the dock.9 mile west of green b uoy #119. The marina is located opposite green uoy #185. Cash only at the doc k. Hudson Powerboat Association. American Express. Opening day is May 15th and closing day is October 1st. Discover and Ne w York State personal checks with driver’s license ID are accepted. Contact on VHF Channel #9. Boate rs are cautioned that there is an extensive rock wall (silt control dike) and mu d fl ats directly across from the marina in the channel. 42 ° 21’ 37” .73° 47’ 18” New Baltimore. Minimum water on approach 12’ with 12’ at the dock. Western Shore.73° 43’ 48” oxsackie.

Troy Dock and Marina Inc. 31. Albany Yacht Club Days and times of operation are 8 am to 6 pm seven days a week. Eastern Shore. MasterCard. Lead substitute for marine use is premixed into the gasoline. T he club is found along the eastern shore. Gulf unleaded gasoline ( 89 Octane) and Gulf diesel with high speed pumping is available. (Hours can vary on the availabi lity of club personnel. . Eastern Shore. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) is available. Government cards and New York State per sonal checks with drivers license ID are accepted. American Express.privately maintained buoys (11 in all) marking the inside of the Coeymans Harbor Channel. and Mobil Ga s Cards are accepted. (Note that marina personnel are available around-the-clock for emergency fuel service.73° 45’ 28” Caslteton. Contact on VHF Channel # 9 & 16. Contact on VHF Chann el # 13 & 16. New Y rk. The club is located 1. Opening day is during mid-Apri l (subject to high water) and closing day is during the third week of November. For further information ca ll 518445-9587 (Dock Master) or 518-465-9228 (Clubhouse). New York. Minimum water on approach is 12’ with 12’ at t he dock.) Opening d ay is April 1st and closing day is November 15th. Eastern Shore North Troy. Visa. D ays and times of operation are 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. miles north of the Castleton Bridge. MasterCard and American Express are accepted. The facility is located 0.) For further information call 518-272-5341 Ext. MasterCard. For further information call 518-756-6111. Castleton Boat Club. U. Visa.4 miles south of the Route 4 Bridge opposite the red buoy.73° 41’ 20” Troy.. Visa. New York. Troy Motorboat & Canoe Club. Unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and diesel are available. 42 ° 44’ 16” . Days and times of operation are 8 am to 10 pm seven days a week. 0.S. Mobil unleaded gasoline (89 Octane) and Mobile diesel are available.) Opening day is May 1st and closing day is October 22cnd .3 miles south of the green buoy # 229 between mark ers T2 and T4 (privately maintained) and just north of the Green Island Lift Bri dge. 42 ° 31’ 57” . (Note: Members of Nautical Mi les and BOAT/US receive a ten cents per gallon discount on their marine fuel pur chases. Minimum water on approach is 16’ with 16’ at the dock.

mud or hard clay but there are some shallow spots wi th a grassy cover. It is just disturbing. There is little danger from the wake. use dual bow anchors set in a 45° configuration or use a stern anchor. Bear in mind that the river is both tidal and has both ups tream and downstream current flows. Several permit easy access to shore facilities. There is no real advantag e to using an all chain rode since there are few rocks to abraid a nylon line. When not anchoring over grassy bottoms. Not as sharp as a razor but sharp enough to cut butter. If your main anchor doesn’t rese t easily. You never know what lurks beneath your boat. Admittedly the sharpening process grinds off some of the protective galvanizing but I can afford to replace the anchor e very 20 years or so. and natural hazards. The exceptions are in the Hudson Highlands where the river cuts through the Ap palachian Range and the industrialized portions of the river near New York City and Albany. Keep a sharp lo okout during mealtimes and put away breakable crockery before retiring. The worst offenders are the rotting remnants of old pier pilings that emerge at low tide. The worst offe nders are tugboats without a tow proceeding at high speed to their next assignme nt. abandoned piers. be sure to add three feet to the d raft of your boat. I hav e had success using a Danforth HT anchor with sharpened flukes. The good anchoring zone is quite narrow and there is us ually little protection from waves generated by river traffic. M any of the anchorages are listed as having grass or weed covered bottoms. The reversing current flow means that your boat will swing ar ound at least once during an overnight anchorage.Appendix 3: Hudson River Anchorages Introduction: Anchoring along the Hudson is fairly easy along most of its length . . the Danforth serves as a stern anchor. As you progress northward. most of which are uncharted. The brighter. The river is 15 0 to 200 feet deep where it cuts through the Appalachian mountains but shallows abruptly near the banks. Use your charts and d epth finder to pick a suitable spot. it is easy to anchor near both shores. Most offer some protection from strong winds and river traffi c. Use caution when anchoring at high tide near long estab lished communities. old construction. It is often difficult to get an anchor to set and several tries may be required. The bottom near t he shore is generally sand. The average tidal range is three feet so whe n selecting an anchoring spot near high tide. In the Tappan Zee/Haverstraw Bay area. Local boat owners typically use Danforth or Fortress anchors althoug h there is no reason why other types won’t work as well. The river has been used as an avenue of commerce since Colonial times and the bottom is rich with 300 years o f wrecks. the river gets n arrower and the wash from boat traffic becomes more of a problem. The river shallows a long way from land. the better. I f you have a reliable depth finder you can anchor next to either bank along most of the river length. Don’t forg et about your anchor light after dusk.

Black Beach 41°10’17” – 73°55’ 3” This popular spot is on the western shore just north of the flashing green mark er. Unprotected from river traffic wakes with a strong current. Sou th of Croton Point 41°11’26” – 73°53’41” The bottom is soft mud and has excellent holding p r but the bay is shallow. Ossining is a hal f mile by dingy to the east. was originally collected by Michael Zydiak and published in 1995. . Hook Mountain 41°07’36 – 73°54’14” On the western shore of the Hudson. You can dinghy to some of the park areas. The area i s wide open and there is no wake protection from larger river traffic. When in doubt. Don’t be shy. This ver y inclusive list of anchorages. You can swim here but there is a strong river current.73°53’44” The Palisade tern shore of the river provides shelter from prevailing westerly winds. Other boaters will only be too happy to help. Avoid cutting too close to the southern tip of Croton Point (Tellers Point) sinc e an underwater rock ledge runs south for 1/4 mile. I’ve modi fied his recommendations and updated GPS locations where appropriate. However co nditions do change from time to time. pick up your VHF and ask for local knowled ge. Swimming is excellent. The area is reputed to be the best fishing ground on the Hudson. several mi es north of Nyack.W. 40°51’19” – 73°57’27” to 41°02’30” . It is a good spot for overni ghting for boats with less than 4’ draft. There is protection from north. There are several rocks vi sible at low tide about 150 yards north of the marker but it is possible to anch or quite close to the shore. the bottom is primarily silt and has excellent holding power. His efforts have been appreciated by a generation of yachtsmen. buoy numbers change. Several small beaches can be reached by dinghy. Bridge to Piermont. The area is exposed to w akes from the main channel and the current is strong. The river is never static. northwest and west win ds. Access to shore is relatively easy by a short dinghy ride. T here limited access to shore. Phillips e Manor Beach 41°05’32” – 73°53’22” Day anchoring is feasible in the cove just north of Kin and Point. There is no wake protection from the main channel of the river and no protection from northwest and southwest winds. The bottom is soft mud with good holding. Under the Palisade s from G. based on the collective knowledge of experienced Hudson River boaters. The bot tom near the shore provides good anchoring along this 9 mile stretch.The anchorages described in this appendix have been used for centuries. There is protection from south and southwest winds. and grass grows. Small cra ft activity is minimal. There is good protection from river wakes.

There is an underwater rock ledge extending several hundred yards north of the upstream end of Croton Point. There is little protection from north or northwest winds but the hook of the point provides some protection from westerly winds. Swimming is excellent. The bott om is clay and rock with grass. South of Con Hook 41°20’47” – 73°57’54” Located on the western shore. The bottom is hard sand with an average d epth of 8’ until quite close to shore. Because of the strong and reversing current. This is a very small anchorage area and has room for only a couple of boats South of the Bear Mountain Dock 41°18’46” – 73°59’00” and 41°19’03” – 73°59’12” (two he river shallows abruptly as you approach the western shore. T e is a clay bottom with good holding ground. Ac cess to Croton-on-Hudson facilities and the Metro North commuter railroad to NYC is available by a short dinghy ride to the town dock at Senasqua Park. N orth of Jones Point 41°17’44” – 73°57’50” A clay bottom offers very good holding on the wes n shore in the cove between Jones Point and Iona Island. It offers protection from north winds. Croton Point is a large county park with mi les of hiking trails and recreational facilities and can be reached easily by di nghy. South of Georges Island Launch Ramp 41°14’01” – 73°56’30” The cove nex o the Georges Island launch ramp on the east shore has good holding on a mud bot tom. Io na Island is a protected sanctuary for Bald Eagles. Only shallow draft vessels should anchor he re although there is some deeper water at the southern end of the cove. It can be identified by a faux G recian chapel overlooking the water. There is protection from northerly winds but none from the south. Foundry Cove 41°24’38” – 73°57’24” This cove is just south o he village of Cold Spring on the eastern shore. The bottom is soft mud with fair holding. The inviting looking bay j ust north of Georges Island is too shallow for boats drawing more than 3 feet. Check your depth f inder carefully. You can dinghy ashore to the park ar ea on Georges Island. Strong currents make swimming inadvisable. You can dinghy to the Bear Mountain State Park dock to make full use of park facilities. You may have to try and set your anchor several . overnighters should use two anchors in a Bahamian moorin g pattern. You are sheltered from south winds but open to the north.North of Croton Point 41°11’17” – 73°53’49” The bay just north of Croton Point is one of th est anchoring locations in the Hudson. During the day there is a lot of jet ski traffic to and from the launch ramp. It is a good place for bird watching. This is a good place for picnics.

East of Pollepel Island 41°27’22” – 73°59’12” The na w channel between the island and the river bank has 12’ of water close to shore. on the eastern side of t river. Bottom is grass covered soft mud and silt with some rocks.times. The beach itself is accessible by dinghy and offers f acilities for picnics. . You can dinghy to the Cold Spring Yacht Club and walk a few hundred yards to the main downtown area with its excellent shops and restaurants. Careful positioning provides wind and wa ke protection from all directions. There is some protection from northeast and east winds. Ther e are the remnants of an old causeway from the shore to the island on the north that is not marked on the charts. North of Little Stony Point 4 1°25’54” – 73°58’17” Located on the eastern shore just north of Little Stony Point. not recommended for overnights. Enter from the south side of the island. holding is good. Unfortunately this attractive anchorage has both deadheads and rocks which are only visible at low tide. T he island itself is posted and the ruins of the castle are dangerous. The bot is mud with good holding. The shore is in accessible because of railroad tracks. There is protection from north. provides generally fair to good holding in a bottom of clay and hard mud with some rocks and weeds. Depending on weed growth anchori ng is easy or hard. North of Co ld Spring 41°25’20” – 73°57’53” The bay just north of Cold Spring. T here is a mud bottom with good holding. Sandy Beach. The river shallows quickly as you approach the bank. Once you get the anchor to set. Prote on from the south and west. east. The area is very shallow and depth measurements on t he charts are irregular. You can dinghy to shore and walk about a block to the downtown area. I t is about a half mile walk to downtown Cold Spring. South of P lum Point 41°27’33” – 74°00’39” A day only anchorage. The current is swift and swimming is unwise. Use your depth finder. Little Stony Point to South of Pollepel Island (Bannerman’s Castle) 41°25’54” – 73°58’17” to 41°27’16” – 73°59’13” Thi on the eastern shore has a mud and silt bottom. There is no access to shore. and south winds. There is no protection from river traffic wakes. Close to th e island there is some protection from northeast and east winds.

northeast. The area along the eastern shore north of the Newburgh /Beacon Bridge almost up to Chelsea is also heavily packed with weeds and should be avoided. There is protection from north. and marinas.5 miles from the entra nce marker. Saddle Bags 42°01’53” – 73°56’24” to 42°02’ here is a good anchorage on the western shore opposite Glasco. Despite the availability of good anchorages. Best on weekends. It has fair to good holding. There is protectio n from the south and west. and a roped off s wimming area. Most of the area has good swim ming. most boaters p refer to tie up at the very reasonably priced Kingston town docks where they are much closer to the action in this lively town. a picnic area. You can dinghy to shore anywhere along Rondout Creek to visit restaurants. Do not anchor on the west side of the channel opposite th e cove because of the shallows. The area offers good protection from wind from all quarters. There is protection from the east. There is no access to shore. south and east winds. Boaters often thro w out a stern anchor and tie off to shore. There i s a sandy beach with good swimming and very little current.North of Plum Point 41°28’07” – 74°00’44” The bottom is a fair to good holding ground with ixture of sand. The re is an adjacent NYS park area with restrooms. the bottom is sand and silt wit h a grass covering. NOTE: The area from Denn ings Point. shops. Further to the west in Eddysville along the south shore is a very popular anchoring area that stretc hes up to the bridge abutments east of the falls. Outside of Vandenburg Cove 41°51’28” – 73°56’07” to 41°52’49” – 73°56’05” On the easte om Dinsmore Point to just south of Jones Island. Rondout Creek 41°54’18” – 74°00’27” & 41°53’48” – 74°01’03” ar anchorage with a sandy bottom and good holding about 2. and clay and rocks very close to shore. The bottom is all sand and the anchorage offers protection from the northwest. including the harbor area of Beacon is very heavily packed with weed s. The small area south of the crusher at the 28 foot mark offers fair holdin g ground. silt. South of Clinton Point 41°36’52” – 73°56’47” This is a stone crushing area with a lot of commercial ffic. and so uth. It is a good spot for overnights. .

Consult your charts before entering or leaving. There are strong currents in the area. It is a good spor for an overnight with some protection from south and east winds. Jetty at Duck Cove 42°09’34” – 73°53’50. Swimming is good with protection from the river curre nt. Catskill Creek 42°12’46” – 73°51’44” Located on the south shore of Catskill Creek just t of Hop-O-Nose Point. You can dinghy to the park which has some limited facilities and a restro om. You can dinghy to shore to partake of the many restaurants and services . You can di nghy to the island where there is some camping but no facilities.73°50’56” Located just north f the Rip Van Winkle Bridge there is a sand bottom with good holding. Proceed up the creek a bit. the bottom is silt. West Side of M iddle Ground Flats 42°15’20” – 75°48’36” to 42°16’47” – 75°47’30” The main shipping channel of the Middle Ground Flats. North of Greendale 42°12’44” – 73°50’55” On the east shore of the river opposite the entrance to Catskill Creek. There is a sand bottom with good holding. do not cut across t o the main channel or you risk grounding. and grass and offers fair holding. North Germantown Launch Ramp Inlet 42°09’43” – 73°53’04” This area is best for smaller boats with less than a 4’ draft. It is a good spot for overni ghts but there is no access to shore because of the railroad tracks. There is good wind protection from all . altho ugh some boaters like to anchor just off Silver Point.4” (North Side) 42°09’22” – 73°53’57” (So 9” (Silver Point) Anchoring is better just north or just south of the jetty. The bottom is mainly sand with very good holding. Be sure to use your anchor lights. The bottom is sand and silt w ith good holding. Although the anchoring area is deep. The jetty keeps down some of the wash from the river and offers protection from north or south winds. Boaters will drop a bow anchor then tie up with a stern line t o a tree on shore. At the north end there is a nice sandy beach with s ome swimming. West of Rodgers Island 42°13’33” . There is good wind protection from all directions and little current. The current is strong s o swimming is inadvisable. sand. This is a high small boat traffic area so use caution.East of Green Flats and Upper Flats 42°04’54” – 73°55’24” to 42°07’32 – 73°54’32” On the ea ottom is sand covered with grass with good holding. There is plenty of anchoring room on the west side from Athens to a mile north. The bottom is sand and offers good holding.

Troy Lock bulkhead 42°45’01” –73°41’06” You can tie at the Troy Lock bulkhead on the east side of the river while waiting for the lo ck to open. In the past it was possible to remain here overnight if you arrived after the last evening opening. Otherwise staying at the bulkhead for more than a few hours is discouraged. There is good wind protection from all directions. Be careful of uncharted rocks near the upper end. West Side of Coxsackie Island 42°22’00” – 73°46’50” According to th harts there is a good anchorage to the west of Coxsackie Island but be warned th at there is a lot of traffic in the area. If your boa t draws more than 3’6” your best bet is to retrace your route and go around the sout hern end of the island. East of Hough taling Island 42°25’33” –73°46’36” to 42°28’48” – 73°46’20” This dead end anchorage is one ar anchorages on the river. if you anchor here in midsummer. Stay close to the west ern shore of the river until you are nearly opposite the middle of the island. O nce in the anchorage area there is a mud bottom with good holding. Just a caution. There is very little current. The passage to the main chan nel is both shallow and very narrow and there some unmarked pilings. The mud flat at the southern end of th e island has almost cut off access from the main channel. Grassy shallows extend both north and south from th e ends of the flats so use caution when entering or returning to the main channe l. East Side of Stockport Middle Ground 42° 18’44” – 73°46’42” to 42°19’47” – 73°46’30” On om just south of the Stockport Middle Ground to Gays Point the bottom is sand an d offers good holding. This is a good spot to anchor to make the mor ning Troy Lock opening. There is a sandy beach on the island when you can swim cl ose to shore.m. If you must stop. The bo ttom is sand and mud and stretches for three miles before it dead ends near Litt le Schodack Island. it is best to stay at one of the yacht clubs or marinas listed in Appendix 2. There is very good protection from all winds.directions except due north. ¡ . There is very limited anchoring from this point north th rough Albany and Troy. Be very careful of the shallows at the northern end of the island. be sure to have mosquito screens up by 6 p.