Hoosic River

Paddling the Hoosic River from Eagle Bridge to the Johnsonville Dam: For a leisurely scenic 8.5 mile paddle on the Hoosic River, put in at the Rensselaer Land Trust public boat launch and fishing access site and paddle downstream to the Johnsonville Dam. This is a great place to see Osprey, herons, kingfishers, muskrat, turtles, ducks, geese and and a variety of other birds. NOTE: Drop a car or bicycle off at the take out spot if you do not want to paddle back.  

The public fishing and boat launch site is located ½ mile west of Eagle Bridge or 1 ½ miles east of Buskirk on RT 67 in northern Rensselaer County. The site has a boat slide for car top boats and parking for 8-10 cars. It is not possible to launch a boat from a trailer at the site. 

The Hoosic River has a mild current at the put in site. You can paddle in either direction; however, the current becomes strong heading upstream to Eagle Bridge. At approximately 2.5 miles you will reach the Buskirk covered bridge. The covered bridge was constructed in 1857 and is the last surviving covered bridge in Rensselaer County. After the bridge, the water become flat and slows with forested banks and a few farms and houses. The next 5.5 miles is very calm and at the end resembles a long flat shallow lake. You will see several bays worth exploring for wildlife along the way. During low water you may have to walk your kayak/canoe a bit, so wear rugged water shoes.  

The take out spot is just before the Johnsonville Dam on the left bank.  This spot can become quite weedy later in the season with an aquatic water chestnut, which is very hard to paddle through.  To get to Rensselaer Land Trust public boat launch, turn towards the river onto RT 111 in Johnsonville and take a right onto River Street by the Fire Station.  You will see the canoe launch and public parking spot shortly on your left.