New York Upper Bay

Manhattan, New York 10280

New York Upper Bay

New York Upper Bay Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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2 hours