Paddle the Lower Wappinger Creek plus history

Leader: JeanetteTB
October 24, 2021

The creek water was cold, but luckily we had a warm-ish, sunny day in late October for one of the last paddles of the year. And, surprisingly, we had quite a large group of paddlers (17 in total!), who launched their colorful kayaks and canoes into Wappinger Creek.
Since the tide was coming in, we first paddled toward town, where we passed Market Street Industrial Park. The Dutchess Print Works company was established here in 1830; they manufactured and dyed various textiles. Many other businesses came to the area since it was easily accessible from the Hudson River via the creek. In the early 1900’s, the wooden buildings were replaced by stone buildings that made up the Dutchess Bleachery. As we paddled past the Bleachery, we could see the updated hydroelectric site that is in operation today. Just beyond the hydroelectric site we could see the penstock, a massive pipe that controls water flow for the hydroelectrics.
After heading back toward the river, some of us passed under the bridge for the railroad tracks (originally built in the 1850’s as a drawbridge for the Hudson River Railroad Company). We circumvented Rabbit Island, a small island with a single house; it’s connected to the mainland by only a pedestrian bridge.
We all enjoyed the easy paddle back to the launch, as the incoming tide carried our boats without much effort.

Paddlers included ADK members TheresaM, GlendaS, ConnieH, RobertaF, JaneB, JohnA, JoanB, JonathanB, DianeD, ColleenW, KathyA, DaveW, EricH and the leader, JeanetteTB. We were joined by guests JohnS, AlexandraS and BillF.