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.


Governor's Island

Due to repairs being made to our dock, our Governors Island location will be closed until further notice.  We hope to resume operation there as soon as possible.  Check back for updates.

Our Governor's Island location is open from June through August on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.  We run our free walk up kayaking program from Pier 101 in a small cove.  There's always a number of other things to do on the island and it's a great day trip.  Ferry service runs from both Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.  See for details on getting to the island.