Catskill, N.Y. welcomes new stand-up paddleboard company

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Catskill, N.Y., kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are now available at LUMBERYARD’s campus.

Our Catskill, N.Y. site has been a popular destination for those keen to get out on the water since Hudson Paddles opened here last month.

Company founders and long-time Hudson Valley residents, Jim Kelly and TJ Macchiaroli, want to help more people enjoy our local waterways, Catskill Creek and Hudson River.

“We want others to know the benefits of a what a day on the water can do for a their experience in the world,” TJ told us recently. “We live by these amazing bodies of water and they’re practically unused.”

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Hudson Paddles offers:

  1. Stand-up paddleboard rentals
  2. Stand-up paddle yoga classes
  3. Kayak rentals
  4. Guided tours of Catskill Creek

So far, vacationing families on the hunt for fun things to do in Catskill, N.Y. as well local residents and at least one group visiting Hudson Valley for a girl’s weekend have tested the waters.

Pricing, hours and location

Hudson Paddles’ pricing is competitive so that as many people as possible can take advantage of the kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, Jim says.

“We want Hudson Paddles to be inclusive of the whole Catskill, N.Y. community.”

Guests pay per kayak or stand-up paddleboard rental, or, can sign up for a stand-up paddle yoga course that includes 3 classes per week.

One of the weekly classes is hosted from LUMBERYARD’s dock on Catskill Creek while the two others take place near Hudson.

More details about the stand-up paddle yoga classes are here.

Kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available between Thursday and Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome and the team is happy to accommodate appointments as well.

Hudson Paddles hours are here.


Catskill, N.Y. is an ideal locale from which to launch Hudson Paddles because Catskill Creek’s calmer waters suit beginner and intermediate level paddlers.

“LUMBERYARD’s location, just before Bridge St. in Catskill, N.Y., is really nice,” Jim says. “Beginners can start from the dock and go upstream where it’s almost like a private lake.”

More experienced paddlers can easily venture toward Hudson River which tends to have more challenging terrain with a current and boat traffic.

Safety first

Jim, TJ and their 4-person team of instructors are certified stand-up paddle yoga instructors.

They each have decades of experience on the water.

Hudson Paddles’ certified kayak guide used to lead kayak tours in Alaska.

About Hudson Paddles

Founders Jim and TJ are lifelong athletes.

They met about 15 years ago when Jim participated in a yoga class that TJ was teaching.

When the Hudson, N.Y.-based spa that TJ and his wife, Melinda, founded, Bodhi Holistic Spa and Yoga, started becoming popular, he and Jim were in the midst of also completing yoga training with the same New York City-based instructor.

Their friendship grew throughout the training and on their frequent trips to the city for class.

“Yoga was a departure point,” TJ says. “Our lifestyles of health and wellness are in line with each other.”

LUMBERYARD’s partnership with Hudson Paddles

LUMBERYARD is delighted to partner with a new business in Catskill, N.Y. that is helping people stay active while also enjoy the beauty of this area.

Since our arrival here, more and more fun things to do in Catskill, N.Y. have been cropping up – as CNN points out here.

We agree with an observation Jim and TJ made during one of our first conversations with them: great things are ahead for Catskill, N.Y.

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