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Tivoli Bays

Sunset at Tivoli Bay
A sunset from Tivoli Bays provides stunning
views of the Catskill Mountains

Tivoli Bays extends for two miles along the east shore of the Hudson River between the villages of Tivoli and Barrytown, in the Dutchess County town of Red Hook. The Tivoli Bays site includes two large coves on the east shore of the Hudson River including Tivoli North Bay, a large intertidal marsh and Tivoli South Bay, a large, shallow cove with mudflats exposed at low tide. The site also includes an extensive uplands bordering Tivoli North Bay; sections of shoreline along Tivoli South Bay; Cruger Island and Magdalene Island, two bedrock islands, extensive subtidal shallows; and the mouths of two tributary streams, the Stony Creek and the Saw Kill.

Tivoli Bay habitats include freshwater intertidal marsh, open waters, riparian areas, subtidal shallows, mudflats, tidal swamp and mixed forest uplands. The Stony Creek has a watershed area of 22.2 square miles draining into Tivoli North Bay, and the Saw Kill has a watershed of 22.0 square miles draining into Tivoli South Bay. There are extensive hiking trails at Tivoli Bays and a canoe launch in North Bay, off Kidd Lane off Route 9G in the Town of Red Hook.

What you can do

  • Download a map of Tivoli Bays (PDF, 1.6 MB) to see trails, parking, canoe launches and more.

Explore the Bays: Interpretive kiosks orient visitors to the Tivoli Bays

Tivoli North Bay canoe launch
Canoe launch in Tivoli North Bay

Canoe the Marsh: The canoe launch, reached via the Kidd Lane entrance, provides access at all tides for canoes and other car-top boats, spring through fall. Free public canoe trips are available throughout the summer. Cruger and Magdalene Island are accessible only by boat.

View North Bay: A barrier-free viewing platform is accessible from the Cruger Lane parking area.

Bicycle
: The Kidd Lane entrance provides access to internal roads and trails.

Observe Wildlife: Bird watch throughout the year. Bald eagles and marsh birds are often spotted in or near Tivoli Bays. Hunting, trapping and fishing are permitted during legal seasons, except as restricted by posted notice.

Hike the Trails: The land beside the Tivoli Bays is scored by numerous ravines and ridges, which provide varied and interesting terrain. These trails are part of the Hudson River Greenway Watertrail. Print this map for a detailed view of the trails (PDF, 1.6 MB).

Note: Poison ivy is prevalent in Tivoli Bays. Avoid exposed feet and ankles. Dutchess County has a high incidence of tick-borne Lyme disease. Use safety precautions and check for ticks after your excursion.

Directions

Tivoli North Bay Canoe Launch

From south of Tivoli: Take 9G north and pass Bard College signs and sign for Route 103. Pass sign on left for NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area, then turn left onto Kidd Lane. Turn left at another sign for NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. Follow dirt access road down hill approximately 0.7 miles and park in second parking area on right (first parking area is at beginning of access road).

From north of Tivoli: Take 9G south. Pass signs for Route 78 and town of Tivoli. Go approximately one more mile and turn right onto Kidd Lane. Turn left at sign for NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. Follow dirt access road down hill approximately 0.7 miles and park in second parking area on right (first parking area is at beginning of access road).

NOTE: The parking lot at the cul-de-sac at the bottom of the hill is reserved for car-top boat loading and unloading only.

9G Parking Area and Trailhead

From south of Tivoli: Take 9G north and pass Bard College. Shortly after Route 103 on the left, there will be a NYSDEC sign for Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. Turn left into the parking lot here. There is a kiosk and trailhead. If you get to Route 79 on the right you have just missed your turn.

From north of Tivoli: Take 9G south past Tivoli. Pass Kidd Lane on your right, Route 79 on your left, and make a right into the parking lot at the sign for the NYSDEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. There is a kiosk and a trailhead.

Cruger Island Road

From Red Hook and points east: Take Route 199 to Route 9G north. Go through one light and make a left on to Route 103. When the road curves, stay straight on the gravel road to go past the large red building on your right. There will be three small parking areas where you can access trails and the barrier-free viewing platform of Tivoli North Bay.

From the south: Take Route 9G north towards Bard College. Make a left on to Route 103 toward the Bard Performing Arts Center. When the road curves, stay straight on the gravel road to go past the large red building on your right. There will be three small parking areas where you can access trails and the barrier-free viewing platform of Tivoli North Bay.

From the north: Take Route 9G south past Tivoli towards Bard College. Make a right on to Route 103 toward the Bard Performing Arts Center. When the road curves, stay straight on the gravel road to go past the large red building on your right. There will be three small parking areas where you can access trails and the barrier-free viewing platform of Tivoli North Bay.

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.
  • Camping, swimming, fires, off-road vehicles, removing plants, removing historic or prehistoric artifacts, motorized boats, overnight boat mooring or storage is not permitted.