Hudson River (at Oscawana Island)

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Furnace Dock Road
10567 Cortland , NY 41° 15' 9.3708" N, 73° 52' 59.7648" W

Launch site opened in 2003. TAKE HEED OF THE TIDES!!! As this site is only accessible when the tide under the Metro North/Amtrack line is moderately above low tide, you have to launch/land based on the tide charts. Otherwise, you'll have to portage under the MTA tressle and then the marsh becomes a huge mud flat! I don't believe high tide is an issue, you should be able to clear the tressle based on what I saw of the high water mark. But low tide is certainly an issue as well with all marshes on the Hudson.

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Launch is a Hand Carry, about 800ft from parking.
Garbage cans and picnic table and bench at the launch site.
Basically hike in about 600ft and then make a right at the bike lock and go another 200ft to the launch.

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Driving Directions: 
  • I-287 North, into New York (Now I-287 East) and follow across Tappan Zee Bridge to east side of Hudson River.
  • Take first exit for Route 9 North.
  • Continue on Route 9 to the town of Cortlandt.
  • Across from an A&P grocery store, you should see Furnace Dock Road.
  • Turn Left on Furnace Dock Road, heading West toward river.
  • Continue to the Hudson River to the boat launch which is indicated by an official sign.
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Free parking, limited to approx 6-8 cars unless packed well. Park sign says "park open from dawn to dusk" but probably not a problem.
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Picnic Tables