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Kayaking Westchester County: Where to Kayak near Bedford, NY

Kayaks on the Hudson River

The small Westchester town of Bedford lies 48 miles outside of New York City. It’s known for drawing Hollywood A-Listers, but is also a popular destination for kayakers, canoers and other water lovers as well. It is situated between the Cross River Reservoir and the Byram Lake Reservoir with the Mianus River running right through it, offering a variety of kayaking destinations within a short drive.

Bedford, NY Kayaking Destinations

Here’s a quick guide to some of the best places to kayak near Bedford, New York.

Mianus River, Greenwich CT

The Mianus River is 20.3 miles long, flowing through Westchester County, New York, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. It flows through Bedford at the Mianus River Gorge nature preserve. Public access to the river can be found about 25 minutes from Bedford at the northern end of Mianus Pond in Greenwich, CT.  Most of the land surrounding the river is private, excluding just the boat launch. Here the Mianus River is a small stream that flows into the Cos Cobb Harbor before the Long Island Sound.

Glen Island Park

Just over a half-hour from Bedford, you’ll find Glen Island Park. This 105-acre island property is connected to New Rochelle by a drawbridge that was built in the 1920s. It is one of the most widely used parks in Westchester County with 65-70 boats being launched every weekend. A true gem, it was initially developed as a summer resort with individual islands linked together with piers and causeways. Today it provides a beautiful crescent shaped beach with access to the Long Island Sound.

Croton Point Park

Croton Point Park is a 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River, just 30 minutes from Bedford. The park offers year-round events and activities including camping, hiking, kayaking and swimming. In addition to the scenic views of the Hudson River valley, the park is rich in human history. It is thought to have one of the oldest wine cellars in New York.

George’s Island Park

George’s Island Park is a 208-acre waterfront park offering magnificent views of the historic Hudson River. It is just over a half hour from Bedford and is linked to the Hudson River Greenway trail system. The park contains tidal wetlands, a fresh water pond and wooded trails in addition to access to the Hudson River.  

Cross River Reservoir

On the northside of Bedford, you’ll find The Cross River Reservoir. The Reservoir was formed by the damming of Cross River and was placed into service in 1908. This reservoir is part of the New York City water supply system. With the Cross River’s tree-lined scenery, you’ll feel like you’re out in the wilderness without ever leaving the suburbs.

Bedford Kayak Storage Racks

With so many kayaking destinations within a few minutes of Bedford, New York, you’ll want to make sure your kayak is at the ready with proper kayak storage. Our hand-crafted kayak, canoe and SUP storage racks are made from durable, naturally weather-resistant norther cedar logs. Their natural beauty will add to the appeal of your property while keeping your boats protected and your shoreline neat and orderly.  We offer a wide variety of styles that can accommodate up to eight kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards. Shop online now and enjoy free shipping to the Bedford, NY area or contact us online for a custom kayak storage solution to meet your exact storage needs.