Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, a 270-acre tidal marsh, offers a near-shore environment of the tidal Hudson River, winding tide channels lined with lush marsh plants. Henry Warner created the channels in the marsh in an unsuccessful attempt at developing a rice farming business (Late 1830?s). The project ended, quite abruptly, when townspeople, irate over the malaria caused by mosquitoes breeding in the stagnant marsh water, destroyed the dikes. The present day marsh provides refuge for breeding and migrant birds and offers irreplaceable habitat for the plants, fish, and other wildlife of the Hudson River estuary. It has been designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon and a Bird Conservation Area by New York State. A 700-foot boardwalk, built in memory of the late manager and warden James P. Rod, allows access to families, birders, artists, and other visitors who want to explore the natural side of the Hudson River. Bird Species seen include: Great Blue Herons, Black Crowned Night Heron, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, Barred Owl, Red Winged Blackbirds, Swamp Sparrow, Osprey, Marsh Wren, Swans, Ducks and Northern Harrier. Other not so easy to find include the Least Bittern and Virginia rail. In the water, look for Carp and Striped Bass breeding in the Spring, muskrats swimming and Snapper Turtles of various sizes.
Cold Spring Metro North Parking lot allows free parking on weekends.
This Water trail is Tide Dependent, Please launch 2 hours before High Tide to allow ample time to clear the railroad overpass.From the launch paddle south a few hundred yards.Allow a minimum of 4 hours to fully enjoy this paddle, and to allow the tide to change so that you may exit under that same railroad underpass.
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