Public Canoe Programs

Paddle the Hudson River estuary with our staff naturalists with free educational canoe trips. Join us to explore tidal marshes, observe birds and wildlife, and discover unique plants.

These trips are suitable for adults and children (6+), whether you’re an experienced or beginner paddler. The trips leave from three different launch sites in the lower, upper, and mid-Hudson Valley. All gear is provided, and registration is required.

We also offer these trips to high school and college classes, and municipal decision-makers such as town planners.

Looking for school programs and field trips? Visit our education page.

How to register

For more information on public paddles, call 845-889-4745, x109 or email the Hudson River Research Reserve

  • One trip per person
  • Novices and families welcome! (Minimum age is 6; maximum of 2 children under 16 per adult)
  • All gear provided
  • For safety reasons, we can’t allow other boats to join the group
  • Wear old sneakers or water shoes that can get wet/muddy (flip-flops come off!)
  • Prepare to be knee-deep in water
  • Bring food, water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a sense of adventure!


Register through Eventbrite.

program sites

The trips leave from three different launch sites in the lower, upper, and mid-Hudson Valley.

Stockport Flats

Watch for herons, belted kingfishers, and eagles as we explore Columbia County’s Stockport Creek. We may paddle into a tiny tidal channel to see a beaver lodge perched next to the water, or up to a great swimming beach on Stockport Middle Ground, adjacent to the shipping channel – so wear your swimsuit and hope for waves from passing boats!

Tivoli North Bay

This fascinating tidal marsh in Dutchess County offers spectacular plants, interesting wildlife, and scenic views of the Catskills. Look for banded killifish skipping along the top of the water, red-wing blackbirds flying above the marsh, and blooming wildflowers in this natural perennial garden.

Iona Island

Paddle through this marshy maze in Rockland County featuring lush flowers, snapping turtles, and dramatic views of Dunderberg, Bald, West, and Manitou Mountains. You may catch a glimpse of a blue crab swimming below or a secretive green heron perching above the water.