Paddle Log — 2017
LAUNCH SITE DATE WHO DISTANCE COMMENTS
Coxsackie Mar 30 Both 11 Pleasant paddle on elevated water to Stockport Flats and a late lunch at Priming Hook, highlighted by ducks, hawks, eagles, vultures & a greylag goose at Little Nutten Hook.
Coxsackie April 3 Both 13 First warm day. Many very skittish ducks, several eagles & a cormorant. Greylag goose at Gays Point, still hanging out with canada geese.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 5 Both 8 Very high water, prolific animal presence, mainly muskrats in Wager's Pond. Strong downstream current.
Coxsackie April 9 Both 15 Placid conditions, upstream to Matthew Point exploring various marshes along the way, highlighted by three pairs of nesting eagles, two painted turtles & a common goldeneye.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 10 Both 9 Water a little above normal, warm & windy, Wager's Pond not as lively. Some muskrats & many painted turtles.
Coxsackie April 14 Both 12 Water level normal, pleasant paddle to Priming Hook highlighted by a solitary swan preening on the mud flat, extraordinary photo op.
Coxsackie April 18 Both 11 Some wind to start, eventually let up, otherwise quiet paddle to Priming Hook.
Athens April 23 Both 15 Beautiful day. Yellowlegs at Priming Hook, wood ducks at Stockport Creek & mergansers at Brickyard Bay. Many turtles.
North Germantown Landing April 24 Both 16 Inbocht Bay busy with wildlife activity, numerous wild flowers by the Roe Jan, nothing happening at Rogers Island, lunch at Dutchmans Landing.
North Germantown Landing April 27 Both 10 Unsuccessful search in Inbocht Bay for unusual reptilian creature spotted during previous paddle. Lunch at Roe Jan. Some wind, too many clouds.
Coxsackie April 28 Both 14 Very warm & tranquil, upstream to Matthew Point, flocks of cormorants, ospreys & the goat lady.
Coxsackie April 30 Both 7 Gray day, cut short by unexpected thunderstorms starting in Brickyard Bay. Several low flying eagles overhead.
Kelly Park May 1 J & ADK 11 Take out at Saratoga Lake.
Stuyvesant Landing May 4 Both 12 Quiet beginning, many eagles, high water, lunch at Hannacroix. Head-to-wind return.
Athens May 10 Both 9 Strong downstream current overwhelmed the flood on a disappointing gray, cheerless day. Stop at SMG.
Lock 7 May 11 Both 10 Low water caused by apparent drawdown in progress, upstream effort strenuous into wind, hung up on rocks, quick return. Lunch at the grotto.
Aqueduct Park May 13 J 2 Pedal, paddle & run triathlon. Course confusion.
Henry Hudson May 16 Both 15 Failed attempt to locate eagle nest opposite Schodack Island State Park, otherwise lively & eventful.
Coxsackie May 17 Both 13 Stockport Flats and lunch at Priming Hook on a very hot day. Many immature eagles at Little Nutten Hook and a motor boat stuck on the mud flat at SMG.
Coxsackie May 18 Both 13 Improved float plan, early launch, off by noon to beat the 90 degree heat. No goats at Matthew Point. Lunch at RR village.
Coxsackie May 20 M 10 Attempted repeat of previous paddle, cut short by windy conditions. Lunch at Bronck Island.
Stuyvesant Landing May 21 Both 11 Exploration of Schodack Creek marshes, highlighted by a tailless rwb. Lunch at RR village. Windy return.
Athens May 23 M 14 Utterly delightful paddle on dead calm water, ever increasing wildlife activity. Lunch at HRISP.
Cheviot Park May 24 Both 15 Exploration of Imbocht Bay twice, coming & going, lunch near Roejan. Another delightful day.
Octavio's Landing May 28 Both 17 Morning south to Five Mile Point, afternoon north to explore west side coves. High water & plentiful wildlife, including several caspian terns & 100s of cormorants.
 
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