9th Annual Kayaking 4 Meso




The Town of Halfmoon will be hosting our event again this year at the park.


Schedule of events for Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Important: For those that didn't paddle with us last year we have a new venue.


We will be launching from the Flightlock Rd Boat Launch (Alcathy’s Boat Launch) at the end of Flightlock Rd in the Town of Waterford, NY. We will paddle east on the Erie Canal (Mohawk River) thru the Flight of Locks (Lock E2-Lock E6) to the Waterford Boat Dock. We will then enter the Champlain Canal (Hudson River) and head north to Lock 1 and the terminus at the Halfmoon Lighthouse Park.


This year’s paddle is about 7.5 miles long, but instead of 3 locks we will pass thru 6. We will be passing thru the “Flight of Locks”. This sequence of locks is the largest lift in the shortest distance, only 1.5 miles, of any canal system in the world. We expect to be on the water approximately 4 1/2 hours.


Our event coincides with the annual Tugboat Roundup this year. As we come out of Lock E2 in Waterford, NY we will have thousands of spectators watching us as we paddle by all the tugboats. It will be quite a spectacular site for all of us.


Scheduled times:

7:00 – 8:45 AM: Check-in and registration.
8:30 – 9:00 AM: Launching from Flightlock Rd Boat Launch, Waterford, NY
9:00 – 1:30 PM: Paddle to the Halfmoon Lighthouse Park.1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Festivities at Halfmoon Lighthouse Park. (food & refreshments available)

Please stay for Group Photo. Approximately 2:00 PM.

Raffle drawing right after group photo.


Morning Shuttle Bus Schedule:

7:00 – 8:00 AM: Drop kayaks off at Flightlock Rd Boat Launch, Waterford, NY
Drive to Halfmoon Lighthouse Park to drop off your car and catch the shuttle bus back.

Approximately a 15 minute ride (6.2 miles). Plan accordingly.

7:00 – 8:15 AM: Park your vehicle at Halfmoon Lighthouse Park (all cars are to park in the field across the road from the park which you access from Brookwood Rd)


There is a separate entrance to park in the field. Follow the signs.

The shuttle buses will be waiting at the park to bring you back to Flightlock Rd Boat Launch.

We're planning 4 bus runs if necessary, between 7:00 and 8:15 AM.  

First shuttle bus from Halfmoon Park to Flightlock Rd Boat Launch leaves when full.
8:15 AM (sharp) Last shuttle bus from Halfmoon Park to Flightlock Rd Boat Launch.



Below is a breakdown of the route:

From Flightlock Road Boat Launch to Guard Gate 2 ----------------------.25 miles.

From Guard Gate 2 to Guard Gate 1 ------------------------------------------.25 miles.

From Guard Gate 1 to Lock E6 --------------------------------------------------.37 miles

From Lock E6 to Lock E5 -------------------------------------------------------- .28 miles.

From Lock E5 to Lock E4 ---------------------------------------------------------.27 miles.

From Lock E4 to Lock E3 ----------------------------------------------------------.51 miles.

From Lock E3 to Lock E2 ----------------------------------------------------------.46 miles.

From Lock E2 to Mohawk & Hudson convergence --------------------------.63 miles.

From Mohawk & Hudson convergence to Lock C1 -------------------------3.43 miles.

From Lock C1 to Halfmoon Lighthouse Park ---------------------------------1.00 miles.


We're asking that everyone register in advance by August 17th.
Please print off a registration form and mail in.

Online registration is available now.

Registration is
 $35.00 and all who register in advance will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event. Of course we want everyone to wear their t-shirt for the event; however we will not turn anyone away.

Registration is
 $50.00 after August 17th.


Upstate Kayak Rentals will be renting kayaks for our event.
You must make a reservation. info@upstatekayakrentals.com or 518-209-1063


We're shooting for 300 kayakers this year to break the record on the NYS Canal system for the most kayaks in a lock. This has been quite a spectacular event and this year we’ll have thousands of spectators as we pass by the Tugboat Roundup.

Spread the word and tell your friends.
See you all on the water.

Monies raised will be donated to the:
 Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Click Here to Donate

For more information visit Kayaking 4 Meso website or contact me at markwells@kayaking4meso.org






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