Do you want to get into whitewater kayaking, improve your skills, or meet fun people
to paddle with?
The Kayak and Canoe Club of New
York is your answer!
We are one of the largest whitewater clubs in the East, and despite our name, serve
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as New York, where we formed in
1959. KCCNY features a whitewater paddling program with novice, intermediate, or
expert trips planned for each weekend of the paddling season, though the die hards
paddle year round! We run rivers from Canada to the Carolinas, with most trips within
a three-hour drive of New York City.
Our schedule has trips for the normal rainy seasons, most eastern water releases
and occasionally ocean surfing, as well as practice and play on the ever-flowing
Delaware. But whenever rain or snowmelt fills the rivers, the members hit the phones
and website as informal trips hit the whitewater.
KCCNY offers instructional opportunities for everyone from the beginner through
advanced paddlers. The winter pool sessions are an excellent time for boaters to
begin learning or sharpening up their Eskimo roll, which definitely makes whitewater
safer and more fun. While on the rivers, veteran paddlers will gladly give useful
hints to better boating. We even have several ACA-certified instructors who assist
with pool session rolling practice and schedule various formal instruction trips
throughout the paddling season.
Off the river, KCCNY is noted for our longstanding efforts at conservation and river
management. We continue to be a force in negotiating with our area hydropower producers
and government agencies to make river resources available for recreational use.
Many paddlers are unaware of the long battles local clubs have waged to achieve
recreational releases on popular rivers such as the Deerfield and Mongaup. We also
raise and donate funds to organizations such as New York Rivers United and American
Whitewater to help their programs in river conservation and paddler access keep
our rivers clean and flowing.
Although KCCNY owns no boats or paddling equipment, we can offer advice on the type
of boat to purchase and the best place to purchase new and used paddling gear. Also,
paddlers can often find a selection of gear for sale either in the Newsletter or
at our conservation benefit auction, a highlight of our annual June slalom race
on the Esopus River in Phoenicia, New York.
To join us, please print, fill out and mail our application form, or call our membership
chairman, Dan Kirsch at (201) 343-5955.