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nomic shafts, help to maximize efficiency and offset the effects of the repetitive motions of paddling.

Mental Benefits

Most people in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world are looking for ways to relieve stress associated with their busy lives. For those seeking greater adventure, kayaking can be elevated to offer the challenges of expedition travel. Those seeking the solace of softer ad- venture revel in gliding through seclud-

ed lakes and hearing unforgettable bird calls. Always, kayaking can serve as a meditative, environmentally friendly water sport alternative that everyone can enjoy.

Social Benefits

Kayaking clubs and paddling centers provide opportunities to meet and mingle with kindred spirits who share a healthy respect for nature. It’s often con- sidered to be a leisurely social activity and a preferred, environmentally con-

Hudson County Kayak Launch and/or Rental Sites

Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse – A nonprofit public boathouse for the community of Hoboken and surrounding areas. A dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom are experienced kayakers, enjoy sharing their love of the Hudson River. Activities are free; check the website for days when using kayaks and kayak lessons are also free. Maxwell Place Park, Frank Sinatra Dr & Maxwell Pl, Hoboken. 610-780-2395.

The Jersey City Reservoir – Many Hudson County children learn kayaking in the shallow waters of the reservoir, where basic techniques, strokes and water safety are taught. Check the website for the activity schedule of the various organizations that make up the reservoir’s preservation alliance. The reservoir is in Jersey City Heights between Central & Summit aves; the Jefferson Ave entrance is usually used for fishing and kayaking events. 201-656-5235.

Kayak East – This commercial operation offers a wide variety of classes, tours and day trips throughout northern New Jersey, including Mill Creek and the Hackensack River. Instructors and guides are certified, and boats, safety equipment and instruction are always included. Many special offerings like family days, keep fit programs and more are available. They operate out of a number of locations, so check them out online. Info & reservations: 866-529-2532.

Laurel Hill Hudson County Park – The Riverkeeper rents canoes and kayaks, including safety equipment. It’s the only true small boat livery service on the Hackensack River. Join a tour or get a map and explore wildlife areas on your own. During high tide you can explore the marshes of the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management

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Area. You can see Manhattan from the river. Call for information on tours and programs. The Paddling Center is at the end of New County Rd, Secaucus (the southern end of the New Jersey Meadowlands). 201-920-4746.

Liberty State Park – Paddle the Hudson and explore Caven Point Cove, a natural area at the end of busy New York Harbor, in a kayak. Crossing the channel, however, demands extreme caution. The car-top kayak launch site is at the Administration Building parking lot; do not go to the motor boat launch at the park entrance. Call for information on availability of rentals, tours and programs. Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City. 201-915-3402.

Mill Creek Marsh – Autumn kayaking on the marsh is an opportunity to see numerous migrating ducks, Northern Harrier hawks and other wildlife. No worries about fast-paced motor boats if you take the canoe trail into the marsh; or, get on the Hackensack River for the wide-open spaces. Call for info on rentals, tours and programs. Mill Creek Point Park, Mill Creek and the Hackensack River, take Mill Ridge Rd to the park, Secaucus. 201-330-2079.

Christine Showler, owner of Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, in Ontario, Canada, is happy to answer questions about the benefits of kayak- ing. Call 613-376-6220 and visit http://

scious way to feel at one with nature. Paddling, a necessary means of transpor- tation for native peoples and explorers in the Americas, is today a pleasant and healthy way to integrate with history, heritage, nature and geography.

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