The residents of the Hudson Valley are in the enviable position of having it both ways. While enjoying all the obvious benefits of life in the valley, it is just a short train ride to the bustle and excitement of New York City.

Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair
JULY 24, 25, 26

Veterans Memorial Park, Gipsy Trail Rd, Carmel Fri, 12-6, Sat, 10-7, Sun, 10-6 Admission free A true country fair featuring animals, exhibits, entertainment, food 845-278-6738 or

From the moment of Hendrik Hudson's trip up the mighty river until today, the Hudson River is one of the most important commercial and recreational rivers in America. Hundreds of cargo ships ply its waters and thousands of pleasure craft skip along its waves. The majestic Hudson transports the goods of America from the inland ports out to the greatest deep water port in the country, New York Harbor.

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society
Box 145
Athens, NY 12015

The Hudson/Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization of individuals from Columbia and Greene Counties, including neighboring counties and states for the educational and cultural interest of the public. The Society is responsible for the restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the Lighthouse; the lighted beacon remains the responsibility of the US Coast Guard

EAGLE WATCHERS: Just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge is a favorite location for spotting bald eagles as they cruise up and down the Hudson.

Hudson Highlands Cruises Inc

The historic vessel M/V Commander, built in 1917, is listed on the National and State registers of Historic Places. The Commander is US Coast Guard licensed and inspected, with a certified captain and crew.

From May through October, the M/V Commander cruises the Hudson Highlands from West Haverstraw, West Point and Peekskill for group excursions or private party charters.
The New Netherland Museum & Half Moon Visitor's Center

The museum operates the Half Moon, a reproduction of the ship that Henry Hudson sailed from Holland to the New World in 1609. This site has information on the plank-by-plank replica which was created by the New Netherland Museum. Currently, there is a brief history of the voyage on "The History" page. Pictures, graphics, and other interesting information can be found throughout this site.
ROCKLAND FRIENDS OF THE CLEARWATER is Rockland County's local sloop club. RFOC is associated with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and is an affiliate of the Friends of the Nyacks. It was formed in 1999 at the personal request of Pete Seeger (who lived in Rockland as a boy) and who always wanted a sloop club in Rockland County.

The mission is to support the Clearwater's efforts to preserve and protect the ecology of the Hudson River Valley, with a special focus on Rockland County. RFOC does this through direct efforts and by engaging in activities near and on the Hudson River that promote environmental awareness and a commitment to the preservation of the Hudson River Valley.

Welcome! The Ernestina Site is coming alive again.....

As you may know, Ernestina has been dockside since 2004. There is a group forming to restore the ship to operation. Follow this link to find out more about the Campaign to Keep Ernestina Sailing...

To contact the campaign committee please send an email to:

BECZAK's mission is to educate people about the
ecology, history and culture of the Hudson River by providing interactive educational experiences focused
on the river. We do this so that everyone we reach
can become better stewards of the Hudson and better citizens of their community.

Located on the banks of the Hudson in the City of Yonkers within the two-acre Habirshaw Park, Beczak offers exciting interactive learning experiences year-round for young and old alike.

Founded in 1989, we are a vital part of the local community, providing schools with interdisciplinary programs that can be integrated easily into their educational curriculums, and serving as a focal point for numerous river-related public events and activities. These same programs offer fun while learning for camps, day care centers, scouts, after-school groups and adults as well.

FLOATING THE APPLE is a non-profit group of people living in New York and New Jersey and wanting onto the waters in between...Restoring universal access onto the public waterways is our goal. Reintroducing the public, especially young people, to the joys of rowing and sailing on the urban waters, is our immediate objective. Bringing people back onto the rivers and bays of NYC and putting them in daily touch with the wonder, commerce and heritage of the city's natural harbor, its greatest outdoor space, is our ultimate aim.

Connecting city neighborhoods by water with each other and with towns up the rivers, is envisioned through an informal network of boathouse communities extending hospitality to all boaters

The annual GREAT HUDSON RIVER PADDLE (GHRP), a 144-mile kayaking and camping trip from Albany to Manhattan is held in July. The event is held under the auspices of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, a state agency charged with developing the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, a program whose mission is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation
For more info and registration forms:

The AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION (ACA) is a nationwide, not for profit organization that is in service to the broader paddling public by providing education on matters related to paddling, supporting stewardship of the paddling environment, and enabling programs and events to support paddlesport recreation. Founded in 1880, this marks the third century that the ACA has actively promoted paddlesports across the U.S., providing programs and services to its members and the American public. The ACA is uniquely qualified to help individuals and organizations understand how paddlesport can contribute to the quality of life through enabling safe and positive paddling experiences. It is the objective of the ACA to be the recognized, primary resource to individuals, organizations, agencies and regulators for information and guidance on all aspects of paddling.

The Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit membership organization whose purposes are to:

Encourage the growth of, and participation in, rowing and paddling sports.
Educate and inform the public about the environment of the Hudson River and the importance of its protection for present and future generations.
Teach and foster rowing and paddling skills among adults and youths.
Encourage use of safety skills and procedures in rowing and paddling sports in particular, and in water sports in general.
Provide sites for storage of boats and the conduct of rowing and paddling programs, and
Publicize, organize and conduct rowing and paddling events of all types, including, but not limited to competitive events.
  To learn more please visit:


A Great Weekend On the Banks of the Hudson River with Music, Dance, Storytelling, Waterfront Activities, Sails on Tall Ships, Juried Crafts & Environmental Education.

June 21 and 22, 2008 - Saturday & Sunday - 10am to Dusk

On the Shores of the Hudson River - Croton Point Park
A natural park on a river peninsula with sandy beaches and sweeping views of the Hudson, Village of Croton-on-Hudson
Westchester County, New York

Cowboy Junkies / Buffy Sainte-Marie / Bruce Cockburn / Leo Kottke
Paul Winter / Bruce Molsky Band w/ Tony Trischka

RIVERKEEPER focuses on three overarching problems facing Hudson River communities:
Restoration of the Hudson River ecosystem, with particular emphasis on minimizing fish kills and water pollution; Protection of New York City's drinking water supply; and Improving public access to the Hudson River.
CLEARWATER conducts environmental education, advocacy programs and celebrations.

The nucleus of the activities is to protect the Hudson River, its tributaries and related water bodies, and to create public awareness of the estuary’s complex relationship with the coastal zone.

A magnificent natural design blending the freshwater streams of the Adirondacks with the salt tides of the Atlantic, the Hudson is a prime example of an estuary’s ecosystem that, as a type, ranks second only to rain forests in biological productivity.

Hudson River Boat & Yacht Club

Map and Club Members

Founded in 2002, The River To River Festival is a partnership between the Alliance for Downtown NY, arts>World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and South Street Seaport.

The River To River Festival takes place each summer from June through September, in a variety of public venues that canvas all of Downtown New York - from Chambers Street down to the southern tip of Manhattan and across the island from river to river.

The Festival aims to produce a world-class performing arts festival with a broad sweep of programming and free admission in order to enhance the vitality of cultural life in Lower Manhattan, to support its economic and social health, and to generate new audiences for the arts of our city. By removing barriers to the experience of live arts by free admission and by presentation at popular, mostly outdoor, public venues, we aspire to attract diverse audiences.

The partners founded the Festival following September 11, 2001 with the intention of using the arts as a tool for the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. The effort, now in its 7th season, has not only assisted in renewal, but has transformed Downtown into a major cultural destination during the four months of summer.

The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation's five armed services. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways.