Kayaking the Mohawk provides multiple rewards

Kelly de la Rocha kayaks up the Alplaus Kill. (Photo provided)Kelly de la Rocha kayaks up the Alplaus Kill. (Photo provided)

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Finally, after years of wishing, I have a kayak. Two of them, actually — a great Craigslist find.

The pair came with everything except a list of where to use them. So, I’ve been busy picking local paddlers’ brains about the best places to go and roping others into paddling with me.

A great recent outing was guided by my dad, Ron Tersigni, who has been a canoeist for years and is a wealth of knowledge about paddle-friendly venues.

We set off on a sunny Saturday evening. Three generations of my family, ranging in age from 5 to 70-plus, decided to take part in this trip. Everyone except me paddled in a canoe.

When it comes to human-powered boat expertise, our group’s skills ranged from novice to guru. I’m in the middle, drifting more toward novice.

This trip was fine for a less-than-expert canoeist or kayaker.

We put in our boats at Aqueduct Park on Aqueduct Road in Niskayuna. It’s right on the Mohawk River, close to the Rexford Bridge. You can access the water free of charge there, from docks, and there is parking.

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