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Boat Launch Sites for Dutchess County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to

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.
Dutchess County, DEC Region 3
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Hudson River Staatsburg Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, located in Village of Staatsburg, 9 miles north of Poughkeepsie. Hard surface ramp 40 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Water Chestnut, Zebra Mussel, Quagga Mussel, Asian Clam OPRHP
Hudson River Tivoli Bays Town of Red Hook. Off Kidd Lane, off Route 9G, 3/4 mile south of Village of Tivoli. Hand launch 5 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Water Chestnut, Zebra Mussel, Quagga Mussel, Asian Clam Steep walk in, No motors allowed. DEC
Rudd Pond Millerton Route 62, 2 miles north of the village of Millerton. Gravel launch 10 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed Electric motors only. Permit required, available from park manager. OPRHP

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

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