Kayak clubs near Manhattan

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Kayak clubs near Manhattan
Question: I'd like to go kayaking on the Hudson around Manhattan. I know boating clubs and organizations exist, but I can't find them. Help!

David Camp
New York, NY
[email protected]

A number of clubs in NYC offer kayaking and canoeing to the public
Adventure Adviser: The best source for this kind of information is the American Canoe Association. They're the national governing body for all canoe and kayak activity and can supply a list of member clubs all around the country.

There are a bunch of clubs in the New York City area that are worth checking into. The Brooklyn-based, 150-member Sebago Canoe Club usually runs two 'round-Manhattan trips a summer, but as of yet they haven't set dates for this season's 26-mile paddle. Give them a call at 718-331-8577 for trip details and membership information.

Another possibility is the Metropolitan Canoe & Kayak Club (914-634-9466). They have about 600 members but no clubhouse, and keep most of their 20 club boats up at Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park. They usually run a trip around Manhattan, but it hasn't been scheduled yet for this summer. Membership is a reasonable $20 a year; contact them for more info.

Keep in mind, though, that all of the phone numbers listed here are private lines (since most of the clubs aren't staffed). For other ideas, check with the ACA at 703-451-0141. Happy paddling!

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