Free Kayaking at Downtown Boathouse

Posted: July 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Free Kayaking at Downtown Boathouse

For the past few years the Downtown Boathouse has been providing free Kayaking in lower Manhattan, currently out of Pier 40 (Houston and West St) until the renovations at our permanent home at Pier 26 (North Moore & West Street) are completed in 2012.

The program has expanded to other locations including Pier 96 (56th Street) and 72nd Street along the Hudson River.

My kids and I volunteer frequently and can often be found at the Pier 40 location handling the registration desk, helping people get in and out of kayaks and teaching “Man Overboard” techniques. Often I can be found on “patrol”.

Everyone is welcome, especially kids! You do need to be at least 16 years old to go out in a single kayak but children of any age are welcome to go out with anyone over 16 in a double. Its fun and safe. The best part are the wakes that drafty vessels make (like cruise ships).

We do ask that anyone who takes advantage of our program at Pier 40 respect our rules regarding the boundaries in which one can kayak in. You must be at least 100 feet from the Holland Tunnel ventilation shaft and 75 feet away from the open Hudson River and the north and south piers. Hudson River currents ebb and flood and often have a speed of around 2 knots.

The season will run until Sunday October 10. We are always looking for volunteers and gladly accept donations at the registration desk.

You can find more information on our programs at