The Public Paddles Are Here!

The next public paddle is August 27!

The next public paddle is August 27!


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.

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

In Dutch Kills

In Dutch Kills

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 27, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, 12-4 PM
The big canoes!

The big canoes!

Celebrating the Wildlife of Newtown Creek

Canada goose, East River, May 2014. Photo by Klaus S.

Canada goose, East River, May 2014. Photo by Klaus S.

We Are Not Alone . . .

On most Fridays this summer, NBBC trip leaders have organized birdwatching paddles on Newtown Creek. These trips along the heavily industrialized and abused waterway have made it clear how resilient the birds of New York are and how they find a way to thrive even in the toughest circumstances.

A great egret in Dutch Kill

A great egret in Dutch Kill

Dutch Kills, which in the language of the indigenous inhabitants of Greenpoint was called “bears’ watering place,” is one of the most polluted sections of the creek, slow to cleanse from spills and overflows, but it is home and resting place for great egrets, black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, green heron, plovers, cormorants, geese, and many other birds.
Great egret, in Dutch Kills, Birdwatching Paddle, August 5, 2016

Great egret in Dutch Kills, Birdwatching Paddle, August 5, 2016


We share the waterways of New York with many creatures, and many of these would remain mysteries if we were not out on the water, exploring our home in order to see the it anew and know it in new ways, as if for the first time.
A great egret spotted through binoculars on a Newtown Creek paddle, July 7, 2016

A great egret spotted through binoculars on a Newtown Creek paddle, July 7, 2016


And sometimes the charismatic megafauna is in the boat with us!
Bushwick Inlet Paddle, August 8, 2016

Bushwick Inlet Paddle, August 8, 2016

Environmental Education and Volunteering Opportunities at NBBC

Getting ready for an educational paddle on the creek

Getting ready for an educational paddle on the creek


NBBC has been busy this season offering environmental education programming to a variety of schools and organizations, including LaGuardia Community College, Girl Scouts of NY, Pratt Institute, the New School, and many more. For more information about our on-land and on-water programming visit http://northbrooklynboatclub.org/education/.

NBBC members are also encouraged to come volunteer for our educational programming! All the programming at the North Brooklyn Boat Club is created, staffed, managed, and run by dedicated member-volunteers! We are a community boathouse, and our mission is to involve the entire community in our on-water and on-land programming, whether that’s gardening and composting in the boatyard, hosting environmental education classes for local schools and colleges, throwing the best fund-raising parties in Brooklyn, or helping our neighbors see the city from the water for the first time!

Or even shoveling woodchips.

Woodchip delivery!

Woodchip delivery!

For more information on volunteering opportunities, see the Volunteer page.

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Have You Been to the Lake Sebago Cabin Yet?

Sebago Cabin, August 7, 2016

Sebago Cabin, August 7, 2016


NBBC members who are also American Canoe Association members are eligible to stay for up to five consecutive nights at the club’s fantastic lake-side cabin in Harriman State Park. How can you resist? Paddle the lake in one of the canoes or kayaks belonging to the club, or join one of the many ACA paddle classes.
Turtles at Sebago, August 7, 2016

Turtles at Sebago, August 7, 2016

Sebago cabin pathSign up for cabin stays through the NBBC calendar. And find out all the details at the cabin’s page on our website. And if you haven’t joined the ACA, now’s the time! NBBC is a Paddle America Club affiliate of the ACA, and NBBC members receive a discount on ACA membership. And ACA membership lets you use the club’s Sebago cabin and much more. Sign up today.

Join the club. Head for the cabin. Paddle the days away.
Camp Sebago Cove