In manhattan looking for a trip-10 miles

Here is the catch, we are students in NYC and we do not have a car to reach a lot of either the outfitters or put-ins. We are looking for a fairly easy trip within 3-4 hours by train, with an affordable price as possible.



NYC area
On weekends, weather permitting the downtown boathouse ( )has 3 hour tours that leave at 8AM from pier 96 (56th St and 12th Ave). You’ll be wet in a SOT but the trip is free.

Further north you could try Atlantic Kayak Tours ( ) Just outside of Poughkeepsie. You could find a schedule of their trips at their website.

There is another outfitter up in Cold Spring, NY but can’t think of their name, as well as outfitters on the sound in Conneticut

Cold Spring
Hudson Valley Outfitters.

Tours and rentals.

In addition to the DTBH there are:

Long Island City Boat House

Gowanus Dredgers

Sebago Canoe club

Yonkers Paddling and Rowing club

Inwood canoe club

NYCKayaker list server is a good resource for city paddlers.

One obvious choice is the Delaware River. You can catch NJ Transit train service from either Penn Station or Hoboken to Port Jervis NY and from Port Jervis its a short cab or bike ride to the Matamoras PA base for Kittitanny canoe rentals.


You can use Matamoras as the end point for a trip with some mild whitewater, or as the beginning point for an easier, flatwater trip. Kittitanny will provide transportation. There are also some other canoe liveries that might be a bit cheaper. Bob Landers River Trips is one and I’m sure you can find more via Google.

I assume you don’t have your own boats, so I would rule out taking the train to Suffern and paddling the Ramapo River.


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Take the MetroNorth to Old Saybook. I will take you and your friends to Black Hall Bait Shop by Black River on Rt156 in Old Lyme. Kayak rental rate is $35/half day for solo or $50/half day for tandem. You can go from Black Hall River to Connecticut River or Long Island Sound. They provide charts. Should be fun.

Ditto Cold Spring
Hudson Valley Outfitters-see my buddy Ray. Paddle South to Constitution Marsh (literally 500 ft. away), or north to Bannerman’s Island. The mighty Hudson, Shattemuc, ‘The River that Flows Both Ways’…

Good group
Further north you could try Atlantic Kayak Tours ( ) Just outside of Poughkeepsie.

They are in Peekskill, NY. Much farther south than Poughkeepsie. You might be able to take a train and get a lift to the shop (it’s 1-2 miles north of the train station).

If you want to train paddle the Ramapo go to Tuxedo and paddle down to Suffern.

No way to get back on a train after Suffern.

thanks alot guys these look great. I heard there were great places in conneticut as well, how are those?