Saugerties and Esopus Creek are located off the Hudson River near Tivoli Reach about 11 miles north of Kingston and 50 miles south of Albany. The first interesting portion of your visit will come when you pass the 138-year-old Saugerties Lighthouse on the north shore of the inlet. The lighthouse still casts a bright white light out on to the Hudson River, but it is also a popular bed and breakfast where guests can enjoy an overnight view of the water. Ashore there are interesting sights and scenes to visit including an interactive historic museum.
Navigating the Water:
Use NOAA Chart 12347.
The preliminary approach to Esopus Creek is marked by quick flashing green buoy “91” to the south and flashing red buoy “94” to the north. If you are arriving from the south, keep an eye out for the unmarked jetty that protrudes from the west just below the creek opening. Having cleared either of the approach buoys to the north or south, you will next head toward flashing green “93” and the unique Saugerties Lighthouse on the north shore of the inlet (one of many interesting lighthouses scattered along the Hudson River).
Esopus Creek has a couple of very nice marinas, but one in particular will accept transient guests and can facilitate repairs and haul-out. There is an excellent anchorage area up the creek near its bend, but be sure not to proceed much farther, as depths shallow quickly.