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 All East Greenbush Listings

 East Greenbush Boat Launch

Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rensselaer Boat Launch at Papscanee Preserve

 
  The Papscanee Island Boat Launch is located at Papscanee Preserve, Staats Island Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061 in Rensselaer County. In the summer, car-top boat owners can access the Hudson River by carrying their craft 500 feet from the parking lot off Staats Island Road to the first picnic area along the southern boundary of the preserve. Boat Launch at Papscanee Preserve | Rensselaer  more . . .
 All Grafton Listings

 Grafton Boat Launch

12082, State Park, Grafton, NY, activities, attractions, Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launches, Boat Rentals, Bridle Path, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Nature Trails, Playgrounds, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating | Rensselaer Grafton Lakes State Park

518-279-1155 
  Grafton Lakes State Park, 2,500-acres in size, is located at 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082, Rensselaer County in upper-Hudson Valley.

From NYSParks: "Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested plateau between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes six ponds and nearly 2500 acres. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. Anglers can go after rainbow and brown trout in Long, Second and Shaver Pond. Pickerel, perch, and bass are abundant in all ponds including Mill Pond and walleye are found at the Martin-Durham Reservoir. All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats, electric boat are allowed. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 25 miles of park trails." Grafton Lakes State Park | Rensselaer  website and more . . .
 All Petersburg Listings

 Petersburg Boat Launch

State Park, sandy beach, boat launch, bridle paths, hiking, biking, nature trails, cross-country skiing, fish for bass, bullheads, overnight camping, Things to Do, Boat Rentals, Campsites, Fishing, Hunting, Nature Trails, Playgrounds | Rensselaer Cherry Plain State Park

518-733-5400 
  Cherry Plain State Park, a 175-acre park, is located at 10 State Park Road, Petersburg, NY 12138 in Rensselaer County. The park features a sandy beach on Black River Pond, with bathhouse and comfort station nearby. Picnic grounds and a boat launch are adjacent to the beach.

"Cherry Plain State Park has 175 acres and features a sandy beach on Black River Pond, with bathhouse and comfort station nearby. Picnic grounds and a boat launch are adjacent to the beach. The park also has bridle paths and hiking, biking and nature trails that serve for cross-country skiing in winter. Anglers fish for bass, bullheads and pickerel and may also ice fish in winter. The park has 10 trailer sites, 10 lakeside tent sites as well as 10 "hike-in" tent sites available for overnight camping." Cherry Plain State Park | Rensselaer  website and more . . .
 All Rensselaer Listings

 Rensselaer Boat Launch

12144, Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rensselaer Boat Launch Site Forbes Road, Rensselaer

 
  The Forbes Road Boat Launch on the Hudson River is located off Forbes Road north of train station in City of Rensselaer, New York. Boat Launch Site Forbes Road, Rensselaer | Rensselaer  more . . .
 All Rensselaer County Listings

 Rensselaer County Boat Launch

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things to Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places | Rensselaer Hudson Highlands

845-225-7207 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands | Rensselaer  website and more . . .
 All Schaghticoke Listings

 Schaghticoke Boat Launch

12154, Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rensselaer Boat Launch Schaghticoke

 
  Call for location of boat launch ramp, fees, and more information about the Schaghticoke Boat Launch, River Road, Schagticoke, NY in Rensselaer County. Boat Launch Schaghticoke | Rensselaer  more . . .
 All Schodack Listings

 Schodack Boat Launch

12033, Nature Preserve, Hudson River shoreline, hiking trails, picnic areas, educational kiosks, Things to Do, Birdwatching, Boating (Kayaks, Car-top boats), Interpretive Signs, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Rensselaer Papscanee Preserve

270-2888 
  The Papscanee Preserve, 156-acres in size, with over 2 miles of hiking at the Hudson River shoreline, is located at East Greenbush and Schodack, NY 12033 in Rensselaer County.

"The Papscanee Island Nature Preserve is open to visitors and is enjoying its third year under the management of the Rensselaer County Legislature. The preserve is a 156-acre natural area located in East Greenbush and Schodack and offers public access to over 2 miles of Hudson River shoreline. It is open dawn to dusk 365 days each year, and is free to the public." Papscanee Preserve | Rensselaer  website and more . . .
 All Schodack Landing Listings

 Schodack Landing Boat Launch

12156, volleyball nets, horseshoe, Things to Do at Schodack Island Park, Biking, Boat Launches, Fishing, Grills, Hiking, Hunting, Nature Trails, Picnic Tables, Playgrounds, Playing Fields, Winter Activities, Cross-Country, Ice Skating | Rensselaer Schodack Island State Park

518-732-0187 
  Schodack Island State Park, 1,052-acres in size, is located at 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156, 12.7 miles south of Albany, NY in Rensselaer County.

"Schodack Island State Park sits off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. A day-use facility, the park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Schodack Island State Park | Rensselaer  website and more . . .
 All Troy (Rensselaer) Listings

 Troy (Rensselaer) Boat Launch

Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rensselaer Boat Launch Site Lansingburgh

 
  The Lansingburgh Boat Launch on the Hudson River is located on Route 4 north in Troy, NY 12182 in Rensselaer County. Boat Launch Site Lansingburgh | Rensselaer  website and more . . .

 More Hudson Valley  Boat Launch

Boat Launch | Albany Albany County
      [10 listings over 8 locations]
Boat Launch | Columbia Columbia County
      [6 listings over 5 locations]
Boat Launch | Dutchess Dutchess County
      [10 listings over 6 locations]
Boat Launch | Greene Greene County
      [5 listings over 3 locations]
Boat Launch | Orange Orange County
      [10 listings over 5 locations]
Boat Launch | Putnam Putnam County
      [3 listings over 2 locations]
Boat Launch | Rockland Rockland County
      [25 listings over 11 locations]
Boat Launch | Ulster Ulster County
      [9 listings over 4 locations]
Boat Launch | Westchester Westchester County
      [10 listings over 9 locations]


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Select a boat launch site from our list of boat launches in the Hudson Valley. Call for the exact location of the boat launch ramps, for fees, and specific hours of operation.

Trailering and Launching Boats
One essential activity of the boater that distinguishes the experienced boater from the novice is trailering and launching. These skills require practice, and with practice come proficiency and the development of a routine. Once a routine is established, maintenance problems are reduced to a minimum, safety concerns are minimal, and the boater can concentrate on the pleasures of boating.

Trailering

    Make sure your rig is secure before towing. Check the hitch ball and/or slug to make sure they are tight. Walk around the rig and make sure all straps are tight and secure, the lower unit is up, and wheel chocks or other obstructions are clear.

    Back the tow vehicle up to the trailer. If you have help, have your partner stand beside the trailer tongue to help with alignment on the hitch ball. One system that works well is to have your partner hold a "thumbs up" when the hitch ball is in line with the tongue. If off to left or right, point in the direction the tow vehicle needs to go to get on line. If necessary, raise the tongue with the jack wheel to clear the ball.

    When the tongue is on the ball, close the spring lock that keeps the coupler secure on the ball and put the hitch pin or bolt in so it can't pop off. The rig may need to be pulled forward for the tongue to set fully down on the ball. Raise the jack wheel so it is out of the way.

    Hook the chains diagonally across (left to right, right to left) to the tow vehicle. If this part of the hitch system fails, the idea is for the chains to catch the tongue to keep it from driving into the ground. Hook the chain for the surge brake system to the tow vehicle.

    Connect the lights and make sure they work. Check running, brake, turn signals and emergency flasher lights.

    Check to make sure that the winch cable and safety chain are secured tightly to the boat.

Launching

    Pull off to side in an area to prepare the boat for launch. Make sure vehicle and rig are not blocking the launch area or approaches.

    Load personal gear into the boat. Put gear from the boat (canvas cover, straps, etc.) into the tow vehicle.

    Turn the blower on to ventilate the bilge area. Open the engine compartment to help the process. Use your nose to smell for fumes; nothing works better than your sense of smell for detecting the odor of gasoline.

    Put fenders out where appropriate to protect the boat when it is being launched. Prepare any lines that will help tie the boat off once it's in the water.

    Check the lower unit to make sure the gear oil is topped off. If the oil is foamy, water is mixed with the oil. The oil needs to be replaced and gaskets replaced on both the fill and air vent holes. If the boat is an inboard outdrive and the lower unit is down, raise it before moving the trailer.

    Put the drain plug in. If it is already in, check to make sure it is tightly in place. Approach the ramp and back your trailer to the edge of the water. If you have two people, put one on board to help the driver judge when the trailer is in the right depth of water.

    Unplug the lights.

    Remove the straps that hold the boat on the trailer at the stern and/or amidships area of the boat if you have not done so already. Store in the boat for easy access when pulling the boat out. Do not remove the winch and safety chain hooks on the bow eye until the boat and trailer are in the water!

    Back the trailer into the water. If there is someone on board, they can signal when to stop with the horn. A good rule of thumb is to back the trailer in until the trailer wheel hubs are just above the surface of the water. This might not work depending on the gradient of the ramp and how quickly it drops off. All ramps are different, so trial and error will play a big part in learning the ramps in your area. Note: Mechanics who work on trailer brakes recommend that trailer hubs never be submerged in salt water. If they are dunked, make sure they are rinsed off with fresh water at the end of the day and expect major brake work a minimum of every two years. Chock the wheels of the tow vehicle.

    Lower the inboard/outdrive -- Check clearance for the lower unit to avoid damage. Start the boat and warm it up for two to five minutes. Remove the winch hook from the bow eye, release the lock or ratchet and remove the hooks. If the boat doesn't roll off the trailer, it will need to be put in forward gear to take tension off the cable. Put the throttle in forward gear when the engine is warmed up with just enough power to take tension off the cable. The partner can take the hook off and give the "O.K." hand signal to the operator. Communication between partners is essential to avoid injuries. Sometimes the weight of the boat is not enough to pull the cable out. Sometimes the gradient of the ramp is not steep enough for the boat to roll off. Put the boat in reverse, release the lock or ratchet, and back off two or three feet. Once the cable pays out, put the boat in neutral and remove the hook. It may help to throttle forward a short distance to slacken the cable.

    Remove the hook and back the boat away from the ramp to a waiting area. Keep the boat clear of launch/retrieval area so other boaters can use the ramp.

Retrieving the boat

    Retrieving the boat is the reverse of launching it. Key steps to take before getting on the road are:

    Check to see that all straps and cables are tight.

    Raise the lower unit.

    Plug lights in and check to see that they are operational.

    On a regular basis, nuts and bolts should be checked to make sure they are tight. Tires should be checked regularly and rotated. If your trailer is big, consider having it x-rayed once every 2-3 years for structural damage.

This article is credited to Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission




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