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New York Upper Bay Professional Review and Guide
"Launch from the pebbly beach at Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park in Red Hook, and you’ll be fl oating on a small tidal strait called Buttermilk Channel. Legend has it the strait got its name from the dairy farmers who used to row their milk from Brooklyn to Manhattan along its course. Because this water was so rough at times, their milk had been churned enough to turn into buttermilk by the time they got there. Another story holds that strait was once so shallow that cows could be walked directly across from Brooklyn to Governors Island to graze, with the milk being churned within the actual animals themselves. Regardless of how strait earned its name, you’re sure to enjoy paddling along its short length."
--Kevin Stiegelmaier, Paddling Long Island and New York City (Menasha Ridge Press).
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