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Boating in the Sanctuary

Hudson River Park includes approximately 400 acres of Estuarine Sanctuary, protected by New York State law. To provide for the safe operation of vessels, specific areas of the Park have been designated for different kinds of boating activities.

For more information on boating in HRPK, please refer to our Activities page to find in-water recreation opportunities.


Kayaks, canoes, rowboats and vessels under sail are only permitted in areas designated for such uses as shown on the HRPK Water Use Map.

  • Operation of non-motorized vessels is solely at the operator’s risk.
  • Launch site times and dates vary throughout the year.
  • All boaters must wear personal flotation devices.
  • All boaters must obey all federal, state and local maritime laws.
  • The Trust strongly discourages immersion escape techniques.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or natural land features.

Kayaking & Canoeing Guidelines

New York–New Jersey Harbor Estuary Paddling Guide


Motorized vessels are only permitted in areas designated for such uses as shown on the HRPK Water Use Map.

  • Vessels may not tie up, dock, anchor or moor to any dock, piling, pier etc. without a permit issued by the Trust, unless a marine emergency exists on board.
  • Any vessel under duress in Park waters must notify the Hudson River Park Trust operations desk at 212.242.6427 or on VHF Channel 68 stating their location, nature of emergency and assistance required. In the case of emergency dial 911.
  • Vessels operating within Park waters must not exceed 5 mph.
  • Sailing vessels under power are considered motorized vessels as defined by federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Vessels in Park waters must have all equipment required by NYS Navigation laws and the US Coast Guard.