Labor Day fun
It’s a bit of a trip, but if you’re in Hudson Falls and you want a nice canoe or kayak trip I suggest you check out the feeder canal also known as the barge canal to some. I happened across it mostly by accident while exploring part of the Hudson River with my father this weekend.
It begins in what I think is West Glens Falls on that side of the Hudson River onRichardson Street near Haviland Cove, the headwaters, and finishes near Martindale Avenue in Hudson Falls.
I suggest you find Martindale and paddle upstream against the current.
I think it’s seven miles from end to end so if you work your way upstream you can pretty much drift back to your car.
A small parking lot stands in back of the Martindale put in, which has docks and shallow waters for an easy entry into the water for canoe or kayak.
The current on the day we went required effort but not struggle and the five miles upstream went by quickly.
Paddlers have two options with getting out short of the end to move over the bank into the Hudson River or continue to the park at the end.
We went from upstream to down and back up, the hard way, but still had fun.
Find more information at: http://www.feedercanal.com/
The paddle itself is unique.
In parts you paddle behind homes while down in a cement trench and in other sections you travel under buildings.
Yep – under.
In the Finch Pruyn paper company area, near the Glens Falls Civic Center, paddlers will travel within feet of an active paper mill and all of the sights and smells of that operation and in one area you drift right under a building for about 50 feet.
In one other spot you have to look for a keyway designed into a frame around a pipe running across the canal. Unless the water is running very high you can get under the pipe anyway, but this is the safest spot.
You’ll spot lots of little fish jumping out of the water and the bike path runs along most of the canal so as you paddle, suddenly, from out of nowhere will be people walking or riding right next to you.
The water depth varies between a few inches and a few feet and can make things a little tough on kayakers who want to get out and stretch their legs.
The few docks along the canal are pretty high and better suited to canoes, except at the ends, so plan to paddle through one way before you break – it’s not that far and goes quickly. This is a unique way to see part of the city that some people don’t even realize are there