How to Paddle Around Manhattan From the Englewood Boat Basin

Start at the Englewood Boat Basin (Exit 1 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway in NJ), leaving about 1 to 1.5 hours after low water at New York (The Battery). Go counterclockwise around Manhattan, heading south down the Hudson. You should reach the southern tip of Manhattan Island in about 2.5 to 3 hours, then start heading north up the East River. There is a small beach just right underneath the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge where you can take a rest stop, but don't stay long because you'll want to catch the raging northward current in the East River. You should reach Mill Rock (the little island in the middle of the river, directly across from 96th St. in Manhattan ) in about 1.5 to 2 hours. There is a little cove on the north side of Mill Rock where you can beach your boat, or you can paddle a little further up river to Randall's Island/Ward's Island and beach there. Wait for about 1to 1.5 hours, then begin north up the Harlem River about 8 hours after low water at the Battery. You will reach Spuyten Duyvel (the confluence with the Hudson River) in about 2 hours. Paddle directly west across the Hudson to the Boat Basin. Total trip time is about 9 hours.

Directions to the Englewood Boat Basin:

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 1, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. At the end of the exit ramp, take a LEFT turn at the stop sign. You will be heading east, toward the River. Follow the steep road down the cliffs. At the second switchback, follow the road around 180 degrees, following the sign for the Boat Basin Picnic Area. (Do NOT go straight at the second switchback.) At the bottom of the hill, enter into the Boat Basin (you may have to pay for parking). Proceed north past the marina to the parking area at the very north end of the Boat Basin, where there is a beach for launching.

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