Welcome to the Red Hook Boaters

Welcome to the Red Hook Boaters

Our 2021 paddling season is on!

Our Covid-19protocols are as follows. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, however unvaccinated children and adults should wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Please do not crowd the sign up table.

Come paddle with us! IT'S FREE...first come, first serve (no reservations necessary).

Who we are:TheRed Hook Boatersis a volunteer organization that provides free kayaking in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Our mission is to help people get on the water and enjoy the New York Harbor, and to instill a sense of protection for our unique coastal environment by maintaining the small-boat launch site from which we operate.

What we do:Since 2006, thousands of people have joined us for a paddleinside the protected waters of the Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park. We provide all the equipment along with paddling & safety tips. You arrive, put your name on a list, and then take a kayak out for a short paddle to explore the cove at your own pace (you will get a little wet). Afterwards, you can join us in our beach cleanup. As people experience and enjoy the waterfront through our programs, they become advocates for its revitalization. Many of them even join the mission and become volunteersthemselves.

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We would like to thank theNYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Partnership for Parksand the Citizens Committee for NYCfor their assistance and support.

The Red Hook Boaters is a committee of theGowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, a not-for-profit that has been offering canoeing programs in South Brooklynfor over twelve years.