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47th annual Wappinger Creek Water Derby

Race day is Saturday, April 29th in 2017! Join in the 8-mile canoe and kayak race down the beautiful Wappingers Creek, starting at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center and finishing at Poughkeepsie’s Greenvale Recreation Park! The first boat leaves at 8 am, and the last at 3 pm. There are 20 classes for canoes and kayaks, varying by age, gender and types of crafts. Medals are awarded in each class. Mae a great memory by participating with family or friends! It’s a great way to get the outdoor recreation spring season off to a wonderful start.  

The 2016 race went off without a hitch!  With an increase in both sponsors and participants, it proved to be one of the best races in recent years. Everyone reports that this was their most successful race yet. Come on out to see if they can continue their winning streak! Be a part of the fun

For a copy of the race results, or to see more information, check the Canoe Race Page.

Canoe and kayak rentals are provided by Main Stream Canoes, 860-693-6791. You will need to complete and return both an application and a waiver. Links can be found below:

  • Rules and an application for the race can be found here.
  • Waiver for the race can be found here.

 Return to: Aquatic Explorers/Canoe Race, 55 Overlook Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Take a look at the new section highlighting the sponsors that have worked so hard to help make this a great race and improve the Aquatic Explorers Club. These companies and individuals are committed to improving their community, reinvesting money they make back into the race. We encourage you to patronize these businesses. Check back, as the information will be updated often.

Town of Pleasant Valley Recreation Center is behind the Town Hall at 1554 Main Street. Greenvale Recreation Park is located on Route 376 in the Town of Poughkeepsie

The water derby is hosted by the Aquatic Explorers Club




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