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.


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The boathouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. We have no paid staff, and all donations go right back into our free kayaking programs.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Do you have a kayak, paddle, life jacket, or other kayak equipment that you don't need or use? If we can use it in our public programs, you can donate it to us, and take a tax deduction. 

You can also contribute via the donation boxes at any of our locations or mail a check to:

Downtown Boathouse
P.O Box 20214
West Village Station
New York, NY 10014




Becoming a member of the Downtown Boathouse is a way of showing your support for the organization and its objectives. Membership is completely voluntary and you do not need to be a member to participate in our programs or to volunteer. Members do not receive any exclusive benefits other than the privilege of voting in our Board of Director elections. We ask members to make a $20 annual donation and this tax-deductible contribution is used to pay for equipment and the expenses associated with running our free public programs.

Downtown Boathouse membership is open to any person.  By Clicking on the image you can make your donation online and become a supporting member of the Downtown Boathouse for the calendar year.  


 You can also print this form, fill it out and send it with your donation to Downtown Boathouse,  Box 20214 West Village Station, New York, NY 10014, or drop it off in the donations box at any of our locations.