After launching their kayak, canoe, rowboat or other craft into the Creek from the town beach, visitors can make a pit stop at five designated docks or decks during their exploration. Each of the participating homeowners will be offering scrumptious snacks and cooling drinks in an informal, café-style setting. In between visits, you’ll want to cruise along the edge of Esopus Bend, where student bands from the public schools will be serenading boaters from their creekside location. To work off all that snacking, you can paddle your craft two miles upstream, almost to the PVI Bridge.
There will be a limited selection of kayaks for rent at the beach. Alternatively, you can visit the decks or docks by car, bike or on foot. Tickets for the tour, which are on sale at www.esopuscreekconservancy.org or at local businesses (to be announced; check the website), are $20 for an individual or $50 for a family in advance, $30 for individuals and $65 for families the day of the tour. All proceeds benefit the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. The rain date is June 5. For more information, call (845) 247-0664.