Stockport Flats is the northernmost site in the Hudson River Reserve. It is located on the east shore in Columbia County, a few miles north of the city of Hudson, in the towns of Stockport and Stuyvesant.
Ice was once harvested from the Hudson River and
stored in this icehouse to later be sold. Ice harvesting
was historically a large industry on the Hudson.
Stockport Flats is a five-mile, narrow mosaic of landforms, including from north to south Nutten Hook, a bedrock outcropping; Gay's Point and Stockport Middle Ground Island, dredge features that are both part of the Hudson River Islands State Park; the mouth of Stockport Creek, a large tributary stream; a portion of the upland bluff south of Stockport Creek; the dredge spoils and tidal wetlands between Stockport Creek and Priming Hook; and the northern end of Priming Hook. The Hudson is entirely tidal freshwater at this site.
Stockport Flats is dominated by freshwater tidal wetlands, including subtidal shallows, intertidal mudflats, intertidal shores, tidal marshes and floodplain swamps. Stockport Creek drains a watershed of about 500 square miles.
Nutten Hook at Stockport features the remains of the largest icehouse on the Hudson, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. Interpretive panels relate the history of the ice harvesting industry. There is a hand boat launch on Ferry Road in Nutten Hook and at Stockport Creek. A loop hiking trail from Ferry Road goes to the Ice House.
What you can do
Participants canoe Stockport Creek and out to
Hudson River Island State Park as a part of the
Reserve's public canoe program.
- Download a map of Stockport Flats (PDF, 2 MB) to see trails, parking, small boat launches and more.
Boat the marshes: A boat launch at Stockport Creek provides access for car-top and small trailered boats. It is not advisable to launch large trailered boats due to limited water depths in general (average water depth of less than 6 inches at low tide) and low clearance under the railroad bridge at high tides. Public canoe programs are available throughout the summer.
Visit Hudson River Islands State Park: The islands of Stockport Middle Ground and Gay's Point are accessible by water. The park's day use facilities include a dock for six boats, fire rings, grills, picnic tables, primitive toilets and a marsh overlook at Gay's Point.
Picnic: Ferry Road, at the south end of the site, is equipped with an electronic gate and signal at the railroad crossing. A small parking area (2-3 cars) is available on Ferry Road, past the row of houses. Visitors may access picnic tables at Nutten Hook via foot trails from Ferry Road. Picnic tables are at the historic ice house. There is also an accessible path and picnic gazebo down Station Road, north of the Stockport Creek boat launch parking area, which is available year-round and provides visual access to the river.
Observe Wildlife: Birdwatch from the overlook at Souther's Road parking and at Nutten Hook. Fish, hunt, or trap in season with a valid state license except in Hudson River Islands State Park where no trapping is allowed.
Hike the Trails: The Federal Footpath extends 1/3 mile north from the Ferry Road parking. It skirts a steep knoll along the edge of a freshwater wetland. At the historic ice house ruins the River View Trail heads south over the knoll back to Ferry Road parking. Print this map for a detailed view of the trails (PDF, 2 MB).
Stockport Creek boat launch and gazebo
From the south: Travel north on Route 9 through the city of Hudson. After leaving the city, the road travels down a long hill, then goes over Stockport Creek. After crossing bridge, take an immediate left onto Station Road. Travel about one mile until road dead-ends at river.
From the north: Take Route 9 through town of Stuyvesant and make a right turn onto Station Road immediately before bridge crossing Stockport creek. Travel about one mile until road dead-ends at river.
Ferry Road parking and Federal Foot Path
From the south: Travel north on Route 9 through the city of Hudson. Make a left onto 9J after crossing Stockport Creek. Make a left onto Ferry Road and follow it until you reach the river. If you see Ice House Road on your left with a NYSDEC sign for Nutten Hook Reserve you have just missed the turn for Ferry Road. The Federal Foot Path leading to the ice house is to the north (on your right as you head towards the water).
From the north: Take Route 9J south, which parallels the railroad tracks, toward Stuyvesant. Make a right onto Ferry Road. Ferry Road will be just after Ice House Road with a NYSDEC sign for Nutten Hook Reserve, also on the right. Follow Ferry Road until you reach the river. The Federal Foot Path leading to the ice house is to the north (on your right as you head towards the water).
Rules and Regulations
Life in the marsh is fragile. Visitors are encouraged to use this area with minimal disturbance to life in the marsh and associated natural areas. Please carry out what you carry in.
- High speed trains are a serious hazard. Trespassing on railroad tracks or bridges is prohibited.
- The use of off-road vehicles, removing plants or collecting historic or prehistoric artifacts is not permitted. Fires are not permitted except in designated areas of Hudson River Islands State Park.