hudson-river-paddle.jpg Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle Set to Launch on Monday, August 3rd Albany, NY - It's time once again to celebrate the Hudson River! The Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle (GCHP) will be the ninth annual journey of celebration down the Hudson River and will take place Monday August 3rd, to Monday, August 17th, 2009. This signature Quadricentennial legacy event entices kayaking enthusiasts from across the country and around the world to experience the Hudson Valley's historic waterway. This event is designed for paddlers of varied skill levels and those new to paddling. The 2009 GCHP features 37 seasoned paddlers that will have the unparalleled experience of traveling under their own power nearly 200 miles from Moreau, Saratoga County to New York City, enjoying the beauty and heritage of the Hudson River and its riverside communities. They will be camping out in state and local parks along the way and visiting heritage and cultural sites in the communities in which they will be staying. The Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle will launch at the West Shore Marina in the Town of Moreau at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 3rd .The kick-off will feature guest speakers and a gathering of the paddlers as they set off on their 15-day journey.  For directions to West Shore Marina, Old County Rte. 29. Fort Edward, NY, click here. Organizers of the fifteen-day trip include the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  The Greenway is a state entity charged with developing the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, and the mission of balancing economic development and regional planning with natural and cultural resource protection, environmental and heritage education, and public access to the Hudson River and other resources. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is a federal 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.  GCHP 2009 celebrates the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, the improvement of public access to the Hudson River, and the diversity and heritage of the riverside communities. In celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, this year's paddle has been extended by nearly 50 miles.  The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial commemoration in New York marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain's voyages along the river and lake that bear their names, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's successful steamboat voyage, which inaugurated steam commerce on the Hudson River. Since 1994, the Greenway has designated 90 public access sites as part of the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, providing access to and from the Hudson River, overnight accommodations, and connections to day use attractions.  The Greenway has been a major funding and technical assistance sponsor of the Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle since its inception in 2001. Joining in the fun again this year is Building Bridges Building Boats, a youth boating organization. A group of young boaters, ranging in age from 14 to 19, will hit the water along with their captains to accompany the GCHP paddlers.  Each day of the paddle, up to as many as 40 participants will be navigating the waters of the Hudson River together, creating an incredible sight for spectators from the shore and the river. Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, "The Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle showcases the Hudson River as a tremendous natural resource that is also an abundant recreational resource that supports tourism and economic development. This event is an exciting and interactive way to highlight the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, New York State's efforts to revitalize our waterfronts and the ongoing Quadricentennial celebration.  We are proud to celebrate the Hudson River by sponsoring this event along with our state and private partners for the ninth year." Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Executive Director Tara Sullivan said, "Our waterways are the common threads that define our regions and celebrating them is a central part of the Quadricentennial. This year we have an opportunity to showcase the important role that the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, and the canals that join them, have played in the Empire State's 400 year history. On behalf of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, we wish all of our participants in this year's paddle a safe and fun journey."

The 15-day schedule for GCHP 2009 is:











Monday, August 03, 2009


Moreau Schuylerville


Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Schuylerville Stillwater


Wednesday, August 05, 2009


Stillwater Waterford


Thursday, August 06, 2009


Waterford Bethlehem


Friday, August 07, 2009


Bethlehem New Baltimore


Saturday, August 08, 2009


New Baltimore Athens


Sunday, August 09, 2009


Athens Saugerties


Monday, August 10, 2009


Saugerties Kingston


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Kingston Lloyd


Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Lloyd Chelsea


Thursday, August 13, 2009


Chelsea Cold Spring


Friday, August 14, 2009


Cold Spring Stony Point


Saturday, August 15, 2009


Stony Point Irvington


Sunday, August 16, 2009


Irvington Yonkers


Monday, August 17, 2009


Yonkers Pier 96, NYC



GCHP 2009 has a number of Premier Sponsors including the NYS Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program. Presenters of the event include the New York State Bridge Authority, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Hudson Valley Outfitters.  Partner Sponsors include Atlantic Kayak Tours, the Beczak Environmental Education Center, Saratoga County, Town of Saratoga, Village of Schuylerville, Village of Cold Spring as well as New York City Parks and Hudson River Park.  Supporting Sponsors include the Hudson River Rowing Association, Shady Harbor Marina, and the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club.  This event is sanctioned by the American Canoe Association. For more information, visit the Greenway website at, and click on the Great Champlain-Hudson Paddle link, or contact the Hudson River Valley Greenway at: 518-473-3835.  Visit for more information on the Greenway Visit for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835 (518) 281-7899 Mobile