Hudson River Valley Greenway Previous Events/Success Stories

Previous Events/Success Stories

Since 2002, the Hudson River Greenway has awarded over $400,000 in matching grants to communities and non-profit organizations for the creation of and upgrade to various water trail sites. While the grants program is now closed, some success stories are presented here to show what kinds of projects may be funded. A 2011 report is available by clicking here (1MB PDF).

Schodack Creek launchAt Schodack Island State Park in Rensselaer County, two hand launches were created to
enable paddlers to experience a nine mile trip around the lower portion of Schodack and Houghtaling Islands. A kayak launch was created on Schodack Creek and a separate hand launch was put in near the trailered boat launch on the Hudson River side of the park.  Until the creation of these launches there was no public access for kayakers to Schodack Creek.

Kayak Storage BuildingAt the Kingston Point Beach on the Hudson River and at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on the Rondout Creek (both in the City of Kingston, Ulster County) new kayak storage buildings were constructed so the City Parks Department could hold regular guided kayaking trips as part of their summer outdoor adventure programs.


Dan McLaughlin of the HRWADan McLaughlin of the Hudson River Watertrail Association poses at the new kayak dock at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on the Rondout Creek. The kayak dock was installed alongside existing large vessel docks and allows kayakers to visit the museum, and, as an added bonus, provides access to the museum’s coin operated showers for boaters. Secure storage of kayaks and gear is available using Greenway provided kayak racks which allow the transient boater to enjoy the many fine restaurants in the area.


ADA accessible rampIn New Baltimore, Greene County the Hudson River Watertrail Association built a campsite on land donated to them by Wilbur and Ruth Van Schaack.  One component of Van Schaack Campsite at Bronck Island is a composting toilet with an ADA accessible ramp.  There are also two tent platforms, a nice sand beach to land at, and storage racks for kayaks. 


New Boat Launch in WatervlietIn Watervliet, Albany County a new boat launch was constructed in Hudson Shores park opening up hand launch access to the river for the first time in this City.  The new launch is designed for use by crew shells, kayaks, and canoes and compliments the existing deep water docks located here.  The park also has a barge restaurant, pavilion, restrooms and hiking trails. 


Kayak Storage RackAs part of efforts to develop and promote the 256-mile Hudson River Greenway Water Trail (HRGWT) from Whitehall to Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley Greenway installed 65 kayak storage racks at 33 sites along the river on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each rack has the capacity to store two boats and up to 12 cubic feet of gear. Both the boats and gear may be secured with paddler-provided locks and cables. The racks are intended for short term, non-overnight storage only.

For more information on how to use the racks click here.
If you would like to see a list of the Kayak Rack Locations, click here.