Great Swamp of Patterson

Beautiful day, beautiful trip, thanks once again Bob.

Swelled by resent rains, the Great Swamp was several feet above it’s usually muddy early summer levels, allowing us to short cut a few of the s-bends, but also making us deal with actual current, especially after the channel got constricted below our lunch break on 22.

We started just below the Patterson Train station (going past station, taking left on dirt road and going more or less straight). With 21 people it took a while to hit the water, but it was a beautiful day and not a bad spot to wait.

Great Swamp of Patterson pictures

Start near Patterson.
Start near Patterson.
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Northern Water Snake  (Nerodia sipedon) . Photo by Monica Orso
Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) . Photo by Monica Orso
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Henry was ducking out of the picture...
Henry was ducking out of the picture...
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Another group going under the 22 bridge shot from lunch spot.  Note the black labs swimming the river.
Another group going under the 22 bridge shot from lunch spot. Note the black labs swimming the river.
Lunch spot on abandoned bridge with birthday brownies.
Lunch spot on abandoned bridge with birthday brownies.
Queen for the day...the birthday girl, Caroline, and her daughter in law, Martha.
Queen for the day...the birthday girl, Caroline, and her daughter in law, Martha.
Low Bridge...got like his mini paddle for swamping. A local (you can tell my the unzipped life jacket)
Low Bridge...got like his mini paddle for swamping. A local (you can tell my the unzipped life jacket)
Interpid leader Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Interpid leader Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Patterson's Great Swamp with Bob Rancan and HRCKC
Suitable for any craft.
Suitable for any craft.
Algea covered Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Algea covered Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Algae covered Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)...may be a sign of poor health or just how moldy this stream normally is.
Algae covered Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)...may be a sign of poor health or just how moldy this stream normally is.
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Big frog...
Big frog...
Wildlife...female malliard.
Wildlife...female malliard.
Opening up near the end at Green Chimneys.
Opening up near the end at Green Chimneys.

Finish was at Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, New York, which had a vast parking lot open to the public on weekends but clearly with no additional parking on weekdays.

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Anyone up that way should give the Great Swamp a try, especially with the recent rains. It was stunning and could easily be done as an up and back from Green Chimneys, Patterson or even heading upstream from your lunch spot on abandoned bridge a few hundred feet above the NY 22 crossing.

 

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