With many lakes (including 44 in just one county!), rivers and canals, the Capital-Saratoga Region is a boater's dream.
Albany Rowing Center
Albany Corning Preserve boat launch (Hudson Riverfront), Henry Hudson Park boat launch in Bethlehem, Thompson’s Lake boat launch in Berne are all available for takeoff! Hop aboard the amphibious Albany Aqua Ducks and ride the waves as they splashdown! into the Hudson River. Cruise aboard Dutch Apple Cruises or the Captain J.P. Cruise Line on the scenic and historic Hudson River, the ideal way to see the sights. For more information regarding boat launch specifics within Albany County, NYSDEC Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753 (518) 402-8920; NYS Parks 518-474-0445; Visit www.dec.ny.gov.
Canoe on one of 44 Lakes
Fulton County has 44 Lakes for your boating pleasure. After all, the northern half of Fulton County is in the Adirondack Park. Whether you prefer to kayak, canoe, or go all out with sailboats or motorboats, the choice is yours. Pick a lake and enjoy the view of the Adirondack Mountains. Of Fulton County’s 44 lakes, the Great Sacandaga Lake is the largest. Six miles wide and 29 miles long, it is one of the largest tourist attractions in the region.
With 37 miles of Hudson River front Rensselaer County is a prime launch and destination for river travelers and day-trippers as well. The Captain JP paddlewheel is docked in the City of Troy and sails both north and south from early Spring ‘til late Fall. In addition to general cruises, special parties and themed cruises are the order of the day. There are five official boat launches in Rensselaer County. Motorized boat launches can be found at the Schodack Island State Park and the City of Rensselaer Boat Launch at Forbes Avenue. Hand carried boat launches can be found at each of the Hudson River’s locks, the dams on the Hoosic River east of the Valley Falls hydro- electric plant (please use caution) the Buskirk Covered Bridge, and at Grafton Lakes State Park and Cherry Plain State Park.
Whitewater Rafting In Saratoga County
Kayaderosseras Creek spans 6.5 miles in Saratoga County, flowing through Ballston Spa, Malta and Saratoga Springs. It drains into Saratoga Lake. You can kayak or row in either direction. Put in on Arrowhead Rd. (Go east out of Saratoga Springs on Union Ave./Rt. 9P), turn right onto Crescent Ave., left on Arrowhead Rd. and go to the dead end. From the trailhead on the left, it is roughly 150 yards to the mouth of the creek. The Hudson River/ Champlain Canal starts in Troy and connects to Lake Champlain to the north in Whitehall. In Saratoga County you can put in at Lock #5 in Schuylerville. If you travel south from Schuylerville and go to Troy, you can connect to the Erie Canal system. There is a charge for boats larger than kayaks and canoes. Hudson River/Moreau State Park has a 5.5 mile route that is located in Corinth to the north and the Spier Falls Dam to the south. There’s a public boat launch at the bottom of the hill on Spier Falls Road, off Corinth Mountain Rd. The Sacandaga has plenty of opportunities for the thrills of Whitewater Rafting, including the Sacandaga Outdoor Center. Saratoga Lake is also a popular spot for recreational boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Boating In Schenectady County
The Mohawk River is canalized throughout Schenectady County. Several public boat launches (Freemans Bridge Road, Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction, and at Lock 7 in Niskayuna) are located where boaters or jet skiers, can enjoy beautiful vistas, historic remains of the old Erie Canal, water skiing and great fishing. Two Erie Canal locks (7 & 8) are located in the County and boaters can pass though them for a small fee. Restaurants and public parks can be found along this beautiful stretch too. Kayak and canoe rentals are available from May through October at The Boat House.
Rafting in Washington County
A trip into Washington County should include your boat, kayak, canoe or raft because there are miles upon miles of brooks, streams, ponds and lakes throughout the county. Washington County’s prominent waterways and lakes include the Hudson River, Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal, Cossayuna Lake, Summit Lake, Lake Lauderdale, Pine Lake, Lake Nebo, and Hadlock & Copeland Ponds. Fishing enthusiast will want to include a cast into the Batten kill, Poultney and Mettawee Rivers which are renowned for trout fishing.
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