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 Bear Mountain Boat Launch

Things to Do, Bear Mountain Park, hikers, historic Appalachian trail, campgrounds, great hiking, hikers, attractiions, activities, swimming pool, nature trails, Zoo, ice-skating, Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Merry-Go-Round | Rockland Bear Mountain State Park

845-786-2701 
  Bear Mountain State Park is located on the west side of the Hudson River in both Orange and Rockland counties in New York State. The 5,067-acre (20.51 km2) Bear Mountain State Park, flagship of the Palisades Interstate Park System, is renowned for its natural beauty and rugged mountains and is just 50 miles north of midtown New York City (via Palisades Interstate Pkwy North), in the historic and beautiful Hudson River Valley.

Things to Do at Bear Mountain State Park Bear Mountain State Park | Rockland  photos, website and more . . .

Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain State Park, rowboat rentals, Hudson River Fishing, Things to Do in the Summer, day-break from NYC, visit Bear Mountain, Picnic, kids, special attraction, Bear Mountain Park Carousel, Scenic Views | Rockland Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain Park

845-786-2701 
  Click to enlarge photo of Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain Park Hessian Lake offers a dock on the Hudson River for mooring small craft, rowboat rentals on the lake, and Hudson River Fishing.

Add Bear Mountain Park to your list of Things to Do in the Summer . Plan a picnic, launch your kayak or canoe, and go Boating at Bear Mountain Park. Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain Park | Rockland  photos, website and more . . .

Get away from NYC, day in the country, Visit Bear Mountain Park, scenic spots, photo opportunities, Magnificent scenery, rugged landscapes, Hudson River landscapes, hiking trails, day trip to Bear Mountain, activities, attractions xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx | Rockland Photo Opportunities at Bear Mountain

 
 
Click to enlarge photo of an Early Evening Swim in Hessian Lake.

Click to enlarge photo of Evening Swim at Hessian Lake
Photo opportunities abound at Bear Mountain State Park located in the Bear Mountain Region of New York State. Bear Mountain offers the photographer stunning scenery and landscapes throughout the year. The photographic artist has opportunities to build their own portfolio of artistic impressions at one of many scenic spots just waiting to be photgraphed.

Things To Do at Bear Mountain Park Photo Opportunities at Bear Mountain | Rockland  more . . .
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 Congers Boat Launch

boat launch, Hudson River, Rockland Lake, Congers, Rockland County, Hand launch | Rockland Boat Launch Site at Rockland Lake

518-402-8920 
  Boat Launch Site at Rockland Lake
A Hudson River boat launch is located at Rockland Lake in Congers, NY in Rockland County


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Hand launch
Electric motors Boat Launch Site at Rockland Lake | Rockland  website and more . . .
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 Haverstraw Boat Launch

Hudson River, boat launch, Minisceonga Creek, Haverstraw, Rockland County, Hand launch | Rockland Boat Launch Site at Minisceonga Creek

518-402-8920 
  Minisceonga Creek Boat Launch
A Hudson River boat launch is located at Minisceonga Creek in Haverstraw, Rockland County.
Boat Launch Site at Minisceonga Creek | Rockland  website and more . . .

Hudson River, boat launch, Haverstraw, Fishing, Fishing pier, Haverstraw Bay County Park | Rockland Boat Launch Site Haverstraw

518-402-8920 
  Department of Environmental Conservation
A boat launch on the Hudson River is located in Haverstraw, Rockland County.
Boat Launch Site Haverstraw | Rockland  website and more . . .

10993, Park, West Haverstraw, NY, History, Wildlife, Things to Do at Haverstraw Bay Park, Boat Launch, Boating (Canoeing, Kayaking), Fishing pier, Hikine and Walking trails, Nature trails, Pavilion,Playgrounds, Accessible | Rockland Haverstraw Bay Park

845-364-2670 
  Haverstraw Bay Park, 27-acres in size, is located at 21 Gagan Road, West Haverstraw, NY 10993 in Rockland County.

"The Park borders the Hudson River and provides water-based recreational opportunities. The site has a protected area to launch boats. There are also picnic facilities, an open air pavilion, playgrounds, nature and walking trails, Parks office, fishing piers, three which are located on a freshwater pond, and the Rockland County September 11 Memorial." Haverstraw Bay Park | Rockland  website and more . . .
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 Nyack Boat Launch

Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rockland Municipal Boat Launch Ramp in Nyack

845-358-3851 
  Call for location of boat launch ramp, fees, and more information about the Nyack Municipal Boat Launch Ramp in Nyack, NY. Municipal Boat Launch Ramp in Nyack | Rockland  website and more . . .

10960, Nyack Beach, State Park, Upper Nyack, Nyack Beach Park, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, cross-country skiing, Things to Do, Biking Trail, Boat Launch Sites, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Picnic Tables, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Rockland Nyack Beach State Park

845-358-1316 
  Nyack Beach State Park is located at 698 North Broadway, Upper Nyack NY 10960, Rockland County in the Hudson Valley. Nyack Beach Park boasts 61-acres of riverfront along the Hudson in Rockland County. The most popular activities are picnicking, hiking, bicycling and fishing. Trails are open for cross-country skiing in winter. Nyack Beach State Park | Rockland  website and more . . .
 All Piermont Listings

 Piermont Boat Launch

Hudson River, boat launch, Piermont, Hand launch | Rockland Boat Launch Site Piermont

518-402-8920 
  Department of Environmental Conservation
A boat launch on the Hudson River is located in Piermont, Rockland County.
Boat Launch Site Piermont | Rockland  website and more . . .
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 Rockland County Boat Launch

Scenic Drive, 7 Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, scenic ride, lakes Sebago, Skanatati, Askoti, Kanawauke, Tiorati, Nawahunta, Silver Mine Lake, things to do, fishing, Hike, summer, winter, fall, activities, attractions, swimming, boating, bird watching | Rockland 7 Lakes Scenic Drive - Rockland County

 
  7 Lakes Drive, Orange and Rockland counties
Hudson River Valley, New York State

7 Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park, built in 1913, runs approximately 20 miles between Sloatsburg, NY on the southern end to Bear Mountain State Park on the northern end. A scenic ride along Seven Lakes Drive passes lakes Sebago, Skanatati, Askoti, Kanawauke, Tiorati, Nawahunta and Silver Mine Lake.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Askoti in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Askoti in Harriman State Park. Lake Askoti, approximately 41-acres in size, is located in Harriman State Park. Lake Askoti, a tributary of Lake Skannatati River in Orange County, is surrounded by hiking trails offering beautiful vistas and great hiking. 7 Lakes Scenic Drive - Rockland County | Rockland  photos and more . . .

Things to Do, Campgrounds, Lake Welch, Harriman State Park, tent and trailer sites, Comfort stations, showers, laundry facilities, dumping station, parks, Beach, Boat Launch Sites, Camper Recreation, Campsites, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Picnic Tables | Rockland Beaver Pond Campgrounds

845-947-2792 
  Beaver Pond Campgrounds adjoin the Lake Welch Recreation Area within Harriman State Park. The campgrounds include tent and trailer sites as well as accommodations for larger vehicles. Comfort stations, showers, laundry facilities, and a dumping station are part of the campgrounds. In 2005, this parks facility was named one of Reserve America's Top Outdoor Locations. Beaver Pond Campgrounds | Rockland  website and more . . .

park, lakes, reservoirs, hiking trails, beaches, camping, scenic roads, wildlife, Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch Sites, Boat Rentals, Horseback Riding, Cabins, Campsites, Fishing, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Fishing | Rockland Harriman State Park - Rockland County (and Orange)

845-786-2701 
  Harriman State Park, is located at Seven Lakes Dr / Bear Mountain Circle, Ramapo, NY 10974 in both Orange and Rockland counties. Harriman Park is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. The park includes Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds. Harriman State Park - Rockland County (and Orange) | Rockland  website and more . . .

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 | Rockland 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 | Rockland  website and more . . .

Lake, reservoir, Harriman State Park, Things to Do, Boat Launch, Fishing spots, Hiking trails, in Hudson Valley, Picnic Tables, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, great fishing, Rockland County, Scenic Drives | Rockland Lake Kanawauke - Harriman State Park - Rockland

 
  Lake Kanawauke is a 186-acre reservoir (mostly man made) in Harriman State Park. The lake is located in the Town of Tuxedo, Orange County, and in the Town of Haverstraw, Rockland County, NY. Lake Kanawauke is comprised of three parts, the lower, middle, and upper lakes. Lake Kanawauke - Harriman State Park - Rockland | Rockland  more . . .

picnic areas, Beach, Harriman State Park, swimming, sandy beach, anglers, fish for bass, perch, Things to Do, Boat launches, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing spots, Hiking trails, Picnic, Playgrounds, showers | Rockland Lake Sebago Beach - Harriman State Park

845-351-2583 
  The boat launch on Lake Sebago remains open. Boaters must obtain a boat permit for the season. Please call (845) 429-8257.

Lake Sebago Beach in Harriman State Park is located in Rockland County, New York. Lawns, fields and picnic areas surround the beach. In addition to swimming on the sandy beach, anglers can fish for bass, perch, sunfish and more. Lake Sebago Beach - Harriman State Park | Rockland  website and more . . .

10911, Beach, Park, beach at Lake Welch, sandy beach, Ramapo Mountains, largest beach, Things to Do, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Swimming, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling, hot days of summer | Rockland Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park

845-947-2444 
  Lake Welch Beach State Park is located at 800 Kanawaukee Road, Stony Point, NY 10980 in Rockland County. Lake Welch, a man-made Lake in Harriman State Park, offers a half-mile-long sandy beach in the wooded hills of the Ramapo Mountains, and is the largest beach in Harriman State Park. Originally a small body of water with farmland around the edges, Lake Welch became the large lake that it is today when a dam was completed in 1942. The park offers cool breezes, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and camping in adjacent Beaver Pond Campground. During the hot days of summer enjoy a great day swimming at the beach. Lake Welch Beach - Harriman State Park | Rockland  website and more . . .

Long Path Trail 1 - 4: Hiking / Biking Hudson Palisades

 
  Long Path Trail 1 - 4: Hiking / Biking Hudson Palisades

"The southernmost sections of the Long Path follow the Hudson River and the Hudson Palisades north, staying close to the river and to civilization. Although the trail does have some quiet forests and lakes, the majority of its scenic vistas look out over the Hudson River and the works of civilization. Its most impressive views encompass towns and villages along the way, but the most conspicuous ones are of the cities and villages on the east side of the Hudson River, not the least of which include the Borough of Manhattan and the City of Yonkers. On most days, it is possible to see barges and tugboats plying the river, and occasionally a small freighter passing as it connects points along the navigable portions of the Hudson River, from Albany south to the great port of New York City. These southernmost sections of the Long Path are the main ones easily accessible by public transportation, making them attractive and easily reachable weekend jaunts into nature for those who live in New York City." Long Path Trail 1 - 4:  Hiking / Biking Hudson Palisades | Rockland  website and more . . .

scenic, Harriman State Park, picnic grounds, hiking, boat launch site, Things to Do, Boat Launch, Hiking Trails,  Walking, Picnic Tables, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing | Rockland Silver Mine - Harriman State Park

845-351-2568 
  Silver Mine is part of the beautiful and scenic Harriman State Park, located in Bear Mountain in Rockland County. The Silver Mine area of Harriman State Park offers biking, fishing, hiking, picnic grounds and a boat launch site. Silver Mine - Harriman State Park | Rockland  website and more . . .
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 Sloatsburg Boat Launch

Hudson River, boat launch, Lake Sebago, Rockland County, Beach launch, Harriman State Park, Sloatsburg | Rockland Boat Launch Site Sloatsburg

518-402-8920 
  Department of Environmental Conservation
A Hudson River boat launch is located at Lake Sebago, Rockland County.
Boat Launch Site Sloatsburg | Rockland  website and more . . .
 All Stony Point Listings

 Stony Point Boat Launch

boat launch, Hudson River, Lake Welch, Stony Point, Rockland County, Beaver Pond Campground, Harriman State Park | Rockland Boat Launch Site at Lake Welch - Stony Point

518-402-8920 
  Department of Environmental Conservation
A Hudson River boat launch is located at Lake Welch in Stony Point, Rockland County.
Boat Launch Site at Lake Welch - Stony Point | Rockland  website and more . . .

Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rockland Stony Point Bay Marina and Yacht Club

845-786-3700 
  Call for location of boat launch ramp, fees, and more information about the Stony Point Bay Marina and Yacht Club in Stony Point, NY. Stony Point Bay Marina and Yacht Club | Rockland  website and more . . .
 All Upper Nyack Listings

 Upper Nyack Boat Launch

Hudson River, boat launch, Upper Nyack, Hand launch, Nyack Beach State Park | Rockland Boat Launch Site Upper Nyack

518-402-8920 
  Department of Environmental Conservation
A Hudson River boat launch is located in Upper Nyack, Rockland County.
Boat Launch Site Upper Nyack | Rockland  website and more . . .
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 Valley Cottage Boat Launch

10989, Hook Mountain, Things to Do, Biking, Boat Launch, Boat Rentals, Fishing, Golf, Hiking Trails, Picnic Tables, Playground, Swimming, kiddies pool, Tennis, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Fishing, Sledding | Rockland Rockland Lake State Park

845-268-7275 
  Rockland Lake State Park, 1,133 acres in size, is located in the hamlets of Congers and Valley Cottage in the Town of Clarkstown. The address of the park is 299 Rockland Lake Road, Valley Cottage NY 10989 in Rockland County. Although the main entrance to Rockland Lake Park is in Valley Cottage, the park is accessible from Haverstraw, Congers, and Valley Cottage.

About Rockland Lake State park: "Rockland Lake State Park's lake is located on a ridge of Hook Mountain above the west bank of the Hudson River. The park offers a huge 24,140 square foot swimming pool with diving boards - the pool is more than 10,000 square feet larger than an Olympic size pool. A kiddie pool is also available for young children. The park also offers picnic tables; grills, a car top boat launch dock, hiking trails with breath-taking views of the Hudson Valley, six tennis courts and the Rockland Lake State Park golf courses, featuring two 18 hole golf courses. Anglers can fish Rockland Lake for bass, perch and norlunge. Walkers, joggers, roller bladers, and bicyclists can enjoy the 3.2 mile non-motorized use paved trail around the lake. Rockland Lake State Park | Rockland  website and more . . .
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 West Haverstraw Boat Launch

Boat Ramps, Hudson River Boat Ramps, Fishing, Fishermen, Fish, Boats, Boating | Rockland Haverstraw Marina

914-429-2001 
  Call for location of boat launch ramp, fees, and more information about the Haverstraw Marina in West Haverstraw, NY. Haverstraw Marina | Rockland  website and more . . .

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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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