The Downtown Boathouse

Promoting Public Access To The Water For All

The Downtown Boathouse is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs. Our mission is to encourage safe public use of the harbor waters of New York City and thereby provide residents of this space-constrained city with increased recreational opportunities. Our operations are made possible exclusively through volunteers and with your public donations.



Membership Form
This PDF document contains the membership information form. Membership is NOT required to participate in any of our activities.

Liability Release form
This PDF document contains our standard liability release form. All people using the Downtown Boathouse must fill-out and sign this form before they use any of facilities. We always have a large supply of these on hand at the boathouse.

Volunteer Definitions
This PDF document contains a list of various roles that volunteers take the boathouse.

Usage Statistics
This PDF document contains an analysis of our most recent year's usage statistics. We collect this information from our signed liability waivers.

New York City Kayak Resources Sheet
This PDF document contains information on kayak and small boating related activities throughout the New York City Region.

Latest Boathouse Tax Return
This PDF document contains the 2012 Boathouse Tax Return.

Boathouse Bylaws

This PDF document Bylaws that govern the Boathouse organization.

New York City Kayak Launch Permit

This PDF document contains an information and the application for a New York City Kayak Launch Permit. The New York City Parks Department maintains a number of launch sites throughout the city that require a seasonal permit.