For your safety and to protect Constitution Marsh’s fragile ecosystem, we ask that you register before entering this wildlife sanctuary. You may bring your canoe or kayak into Constitution Marsh but please note public access is NOT at the Audubon Center, but is provided at Scenic Hudson's Foundry Dock Park in Cold Spring.
Careful preparation on your part is necessary for a safe and enjoyable trip. Please remember to follow these important rules when entering this sensitive natural area.
NEVER cross over the railroad tracks for any reason. It is dangerous and illegal.
Access is only allowed under the north railroad trestle into Constitution Marsh as the tide stage allows. This area often has swift currents. Familiarize yourself with tide stages, weather forecasts and other safety precautions before your trip.
Do not enter the marsh at or near low tide. Tide tables may be found at http://xtide.ldeo.columbia.edu:8080/locations/56.html
No motors of any kind are allowed in the marsh.
There is no hunting, fishing, plant-picking or other collecting of any kind. Constitution Marsh is a wildlife sanctuary and all plant and animal life are protected by State and Federal Law.
Keep group sizes to a minimum. Please paddle through the marsh slowly and quietly to increase your chances of seeing wildlife and to minimize disturbances to animals and other visitors.
Stay to the main channels or the marked water trail and avoid narrow or dead-end channels to limit disturbance to wildlife.
Do not attempt to land, walk, wade or swim in the marsh. The vegetation is very fragile and easily crushed.
To avoid trespassing, please do not land anywhere along the wooded shoreline, unless there is an emergency.
Signs will clearly post the dates when the marsh will be closed to all visitors at certain times of the year. Please respect our efforts to protect migratory wildlife.
Consult the Hudson River Water Trail Guide (http://www.hrwa.org/pages/the_guide.shtml
) for extensive information about paddling on the Hudson River.
Once you have read and completely understand the terms and conditions list above, please fill out and submit the questionnaire below.
Thank you! We hope you have a safe and enjoyable visit. For more information or to help support our conservation efforts, please visit http://constitutionmarsh.audubon.org/