The 2020 Hudson River Access Plan: Poughkeepsie to Rensselaer has been completed and released to the public! Thank you to everyone for your participation and feedback. The Final Plan can be found here and on Scenic Hudson’s website

Protect the public’s right to access the Hudson River Shoreline!

People in Hudson Riverfront communities have long treasured places where they can fish, launch boats, birdwatch, hunt, take a walk or just sit and be inspired by the river’s majesty. Throughout the 20th century, the increase in railroad-created barriers to access on the eastern shoreline between Poughkeepsie and Rensselaer has offset benefits provided by the riverfront parks created by Scenic Hudson and others. The last comprehensive evaluation of river access along the rail corridor occurred in 1989. Hence, we believe that it is time for a 21st-century reassessment.

Local officials and residents in riverfront communities, along with Scenic Hudson, share deep concerns about any additional loss of public access at places where people have connected with the river for generations.

To provide a course of action that can be supported by river lovers and key stakeholders in Dutchess, Columbia and Rensselaer Counties, Scenic Hudson has engaged the Peter Melewski, LLC, consultant team* to draft a Hudson River Shoreline Access Plan. In addition to completing an updated documentation of places (formal and informal) where people currently enjoy water-related recreation, the plan will identify gaps in public access, recommend places for safe new shoreline access and suggest ways to improve safety at these locations.

You can help by providing your input about where and how you use the river and, more importantly, where and how you’d like to use the river in the future.

* The consultant team is comprised of Peter Melewski, LLC and sub-consultants Alta Planning + Design, and George Stafford. 

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Upcoming Events

Participate in the following events to offer input on what you would like to see.

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Past Events

See summaries, photos, and materials of past meetings on our blog.


Fire Department Community Room
11 Green Ave
Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033

January 3, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

01/03/2020 07:00 PM 01/03/2020 08:30 PM Location of the event

Kellner Activity Center
50 Palatine Park Road
Germantown, NY 12526

January 4, 2020 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

01/04/2020 10:30 AM 01/04/2020 12:00 PM Location of the event

Rhinebeck Town Hall
80 East Market Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

January 4, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

01/04/2020 03:00 PM 01/04/2020 04:30 PM Location of the event


As the process moves along, we will publish materials including public meeting presentations and display boards, draft plan elements, and the final plan document here on the website for your review.

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