By Lauren I.
New York State’s a paddler’s paradise with hundreds of peaceful rivers, calm lakes, and crystal-clear coves to take advantage of. Whether you’re experienced atop a paddleboard or you’re looking to learn the basics, the Empire State has a place for you. Here are five wonderful spots to try stand-up paddleboarding.
A peaceful, quiet bay and beach on Lake Ontario, Fair Haven Beach State Park is ideal for getting in some calm paddleboarding on one of New York’s Great Lakes. The state park is also a place for swimming, boat launching, and trail hiking.
Bolton Landing is a destination for boaters and stand-up paddleboarders who want to set out on Lake George. Rent or buy gear from the visitor-friendly Lake George Kayak Company and start your journey.
The calm, clear Skaneateles Lake is thought to have some of the cleanest water in the country. That explains why it’s been a stand-up paddleboarding hot spot in New York’s Finger Lakes region for such a long time.
For those eager to try stand-up paddleboarding on the Hudson River but are nervous about the rough waters, Croton Point Park is a great place to start. The cove offers calmer, secluded waters and is the launching point of special “Instruc-Tours” for beginners.
Surrounded by lush nature and with access to Long Island’s Great South Bay, Connetquot River is a paradise for paddleboarders. Try joining the Moku Loa Paddle Tribe at the Oakdale Yacht Club, which offers rentals, lessons, tours, and weekly social paddles.