Kayak Tours and Instructional programs

Atlantic Kayak Tours is the largest and most experienced kayak outfitter in the Hudson Valley. Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center and Norrie Point Paddlesport Center are located in New York on the Hudson River.

Core Techniques

Cross Bow RudderOur day will be spent learning to use the whole body to control boats efficiently and effectively. We will use edging for turning and stability control and focus on legs and torso as well as arms for efficient forward paddling, turning, and moving to the side. Boat edging is a major focus of this course, but there’s more. We will learn fundamental skills and information needed to contribute to successful and enjoyable journeys.

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Annsville Easy TourAnnsville Creek

Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center located in Hudson Highland State Park just north of Peekskil. Kayak tours, instructional programs, rentals for use on Annsville Creek and retail sales.

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Norrie Point Paddlesport CenterNorrie Point

Norrie Point Paddlesport Center is located in Norrie State Park in Staatsburg, 4 miles north of Hyde Park and south of Rhinebeck. Kayak tours, kayak instruction and retail kayak equipment are available.

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Norrie Short TourNorrie Short Tour

Experience kayaking without a full day commitment. The Norrie Short Tour from the Norrie Paddlesport Center is designed for people with limited or no paddling experience. Depending on the conditions of the day, exploring Black Creek, Esopus Island, and Mills Mansion are all possibilities.

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Annsville EasyAnnsville Easy

This 3 plus hour tour is a great way to acquaint yourself with kayaking and the Hudson Valley. From the Annsville Creek we paddle north towards the Bear Mountain Bridge. This program has you on the water longer than our novice short tour and will hope to move at a pace friendly to new paddlers, but with the possibility of moving faster for some, and working on a few skills.

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Saugerties Sunset TourSaugerties Sunset Tour

What we do will be dependant on the currents, wind and the group. We can head south where we will pass a few places which offers opportunity for a rest stop on a 6 mile trip. A four mile trip can cross to the eastern shore and explore South Tivoli Bay and stop on Cruger Island for a break. The third option is to head 2.5 miles north to the Saugerties Lighthouse. Whatever we decide to do, this is a nice part of the Hudson to paddle and a great way to end the day.

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Thursday Night Skill SessionThursday Night Skill Sessions

For these sessions we ask that you come with an open mind, willing to learn and have fun. Aside from the evening's Theme(s), activities can include client-helping-client skill practice sessions, testing different kayak equipment, and other special sessions organized by various staff members. These evenings are for you to play games, work alone and with other clients, and to take part in impromptu staff-led sessions. It's a good program to get wet.

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Popolopen CreekPopolopen Creek

On this full day program we head north with the current toward the Bear Mountain Bridge. Crossing the Hudson River, we paddle past Iona Island and Bear Mountain State Park. The historic site of Fort Montgomery is a great spot to have lunch. After lunch we paddle to the end of the creek where we get a beautiful view of the cascading waterfalls.

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Thursday Night Skill SessionNorrie to Kingston

We have a few options for our lunch spot in the Kingston area. The conditions of the day will determine how far we travel and the optional side trips. We can paddle up the Roundout Creek to see downtown Kingston or land on the sandy beach at Kingston Point Park. Kingston Point Park is a nice place to get wet and practice your skills.

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