The preserve is a 156-acre natural area located in East Greenbush and Schodack and offers public access to over 2 miles of Hudson River shoreline. It is open dawn to dusk 365 days each year, and is free to the public.
From I-787 take the exit for Routes 9 and 20/Rensselaer Train Station. As you cross the river, bear to the left to continue on Routes 9 (south) and 20 (east) - do not exit to the right for the train station. Continue through 3 traffic lights and take a right onto Route 9J (south toward Castleton). At this point there will be signs for Papscanee Island Nature Preserve. Go straight through the next traffic light and continue for 4.1 miles to the park entrance road (Staats Island Road). Take a right onto this road and follow the signs directing you to the base camp parking area.