Canoe & Kayak New York by Kevin Stiegelmaier

Cover Photo Canoe and Kayak NY Canoeing and Kayaking New York is the only guidebook on the market that focuses solely on the rivers and streams of the Empire State. There is a lot of water to cover in a state almost 55,000 square miles in size, with a good variety of geography to experience as well. From the slow tidal rivers of Long Island to the urban waterways of New York City, the swift whitewater in the Adirondack Mountains to the majestic grandeur of the Hudson River, this book covers a bit of everything.

NACK was fortunate to have Kevin appear at our November meeting to introduce his new book and do a presentation on paddling the waters of  NY.  It was very well recieved and many members went home with a fresh copy.  It should be available locally at the Dingy Shop in Amityville and Glacier Bay Sports in Northport.  Well written, entertaining and packed with information, maps and photos.


What to Wear?

It seems that whenever paddlers head out on the water the most frequent topic of conversation is the seemingly age-old question of  “what to wear”.  Of course the first consideration is to dress for possible immersion, but when it gets cold will it be a wet suit, dry suit or something else.  For todays Paddle Out Hunger event (see post below) we had 38 degree air temperature, water temp of about 50, moderate wind and bright sun. I chose to use the, new for 2009, Kokatat Tempest Tropos Dry Pants and OS Systems Dry Top with light weight polypropylene underneath. These pants have built-in dry socks just like a drysuit.  Plenty warm enough without overheating or the restrictive environment of my full dry suit.  The Kokatat pants are light and breathable offering a good, dry, warmer weather solution.  With sufficient layering and the right top they make a great combo for three season paddling attire. No wonder why Jerry at Captain Kayak says they’re flying off the shelves.


Paddle Out Hunger

Team A Path

Connetquot River GPS Track

Earlier today a group of NACK paddlers headed out onto the Connetquot River in Oakdale NY for our annual Paddle Out Hunger food drive.  Two groups headed out onto the river and network of canals in search of bags of food generously donated by residents.   Team A covered over 5 miles of shoreline (GPS Track) while Team B concentrated on the Grand Canal area. I’m glad to report that this was the most successful food collection so far, in  what has become a traditional NACK event.



Captain Kayak  is having a HUGE Fall sale on ALL KAYAKS!
We welcome you to come down and we’ll be happy to help you.

(proud Captain Kayak staff member)