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□ Estuary Paddle: Join us in a paddle around the Bronx River estuarine areas. This trip will run within the saltwater portions of the river, which are affected by tide. On this trip, we start and return from either Concrete Plant Park or Starlight Park. Depending on paddler experience and weather conditions, we will either paddle within this area or travel as a group down near the mouth or stay within the docking area. Please allow 3-4 hours which include time for registration, put in, and take out.

□ Upper River Paddle: Journey through the heart of the Bronx via canoe traveling south through the Bronx River Forest, New York Botanical Garden and part of the Bronx Zoo on this urban adventure. Travel through NYC's only fresh water river and learn all the beautiful natural resource has to offer! There is one portage associated within this trip at the NYBG where participants will need to wheel their tangent canoes for approximately 10 minutes. Please note that although we will provide essentials for our trip such as tangent canoes, paddles and personal floatation devices, we will be unable to shuttle you back to the starting location.

□ Full River Paddle: Journey through the heart of the Bronx via canoe traveling south through the Bronx River Forest, New York Botanical Garden and part of the Bronx Zoo on this urban adventure into the Bronx River Estuary. This area of the river is quite challenging with 3 portages that require heavy lifting and slopes, we restrict this trip to adults only for safety reasons. Please note that although we will provide essentials for our trip such as tangent canoes, paddles and personal floatation devices, we will be unable to shuttle you back to the starting location. Ages 17+; not suggested for first time paddlers.

□ Lake Paddle: For beginner paddlers and youth 3rd grade and under, we host a small paddle within the rivers calmest area of the river, the Bronx River “lake”. Paddle up through areas surrounded by the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden within the freshwater section of the river. Although we can accommodate groups larger than 20 during this excursion, there are limited areas surrounding the launch pad for waiting groups. Please plan an additional opportunity for the remainder of your group, or take the opportunity to visit the zoo! (This is for chartered trips only -- We do not host this programming on Wednesdays)

□ Community Paddle: Short 10-15 minute paddles within a controlled area of the river. These trips are FREE and occur along different areas of the river so check out our calendar of events for additional trip details. Although we will have safety on land and in water, limited training will be made available to our guests prior to on water launching.

Check out this great safety video by our partners - the American Canoe Association in your preparation for a safe paddling journey along the Bronx River!




We would like to extend a special thanks to the National Safe Boating Council Gressroot Campaign for their donation of resources supporting our Bronx River On Water Education Program. To learn more about the Wear It! Campaign and take the pledge to on water safety.