The Public Paddles Are Here!

First public paddle is May 28!

First public paddle is May 28!

At these free, informal paddles, North Brooklyn Boat Club welcomes walk-up participants to join trained NBBC guides for short trips on Newtown Creek and often out toward the East River, where we often pause to take in the view of Manhattan. Usually we take out our 25′ big canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way. We might also take out regular tandem canoes or sit-on-top kayaks depending on the weather.

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Greenpoint neighbors and members of other community organizations. Come down to our community boat yard, and learn more about Greenpoint’s history, environmental challenges and successes, and residents. Get out on the water and see the neighborhood in a completely new way!

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our war canoes, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. All our voyages are led by certified trip leaders and include some of the best views of the city. This is a great way to check out the boatyard and get a chance to explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages, veggie dogs, hot dogs, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule:

  • Saturday, May 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 2, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 30, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 26, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, 12-4 PM
The big canoes!

The big canoes!

Opening Day 2016 Saturday May 14th!

This Saturday May 14th (noon – 4pm) we’re ditching the dry suits for a sunny and beautiful 2016 opening day!

Join us for a public paddle with beautiful views, nosh on stuff from the grill, and tie knots by the campfire. Visit the Ed Shed, check out the boat we’re building, and stick your hands in some dirt. Enjoy the music of our returning guest and troubadour Morgan O’Kane, who will drop in by boat and kick off his Sailing the Hudson Tour.

There’s no better time to swing by and learn about membership and our programming. Meet your old paddling pals or make new friends. Get on the water with us this summer!