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Boat Launch Sites for Rensselaer County

Note: Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat.

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
  • Beach launch--no float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
  • Hand launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
  • Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.

Agencies: * OPRHP, ** DEC, *** Canal Corp., **** Municipal

Rensselaer County, DEC Region 4
Water/Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments
Black River Pond* /
Cherry Plain State Park
Off NYS Route 22, 1.5 miles north of Hamlet of Stephentown. Cartop launch 10 cars and trailers No motors permitted. Fee to enter park.
Grafton Lakes (Dunham Reservoir)* /
Grafton
Grafton Lakes State Park, Off Route 2 in Grafton. Cartop launch 6 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
Limited parking. Electric motors only
Grafton Lakes (First Pond)* /
Grafton
Grafton Lakes State Park, Route 2 Cartop launch 10 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
Electric motor
Grafton Lakes (Long Pond)*/ Grafton Grafton Lakes State Park, Route 2, 10 miles east of City of Troy Cartop launch 10 cars and trailers No motors permitted
Grafton Lakes (Second Pond)* /
Grafton
Grafton Lakes State Park, Off Route 2 in Grafton. Hard
surface & cartop
5 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
No motors
Grafton Lakes (Shaver Pond)* /
Grafton
Grafton Lakes State Park, Route 2 Cartop launch 5 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil
No motors
Hoosic River** /
Buskirk
Access off NY Route 103 at north end of Hamlet of Buskirk. Hand
launch
15 cars and trailers
Hudson River*** /
Lansingburgh
Route 4 north from Troy in Town of Lansingburgh Concrete ramp 10 cars and trailers
Hudson River****/
Rensselaer
Off Forbes Road north of train station in City of Rensselaer Hard
surface
ramp
8 cars and trailers and 20 cars
Hudson River*** /
Schaghticoke
On River Rd. 1 mile north of 126th street bridge. Beach launch/
Shale
2 cars and trailers
Schodack Island* /
Schodack
Rte. 9J, Schodack Landing, 1 Schodack Landing Way Concrete ramp 65 cars and trailers
Schodack Island* /
Schodack
Rte. 9J, Schodack Landing, 1 Schodack Landing Way Cartop launch 5 cars

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.


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