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Rondout Creek Inlet

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Kingston, New York United States
41° 55' 6.95'', -73° 57' 38.88''
Rondout Creek Inlet
Rondout Creek Inlet
Rondout Creek Inlet
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Roundout Creek is located in the city of Kingston off the Hudson River about 10 miles south of Saugerties and 30 miles north of Newburgh. One of the most interesting features you will notice when entering Roundout Creek is the Roundout Lighthouse, which was built in 1915. It is one of a number of distinctive and unique Hudson River Lighthouses of similar design. The lighthouse is now owned and maintained by the city of Kingston and there are tours available on weekends.

Rondout Creek has excellent depths, easy navigation and plenty of marine facilities. There are eight marinas here, and three of them accept transient guests at their slips. If you are in need of repairs, Kingston is an excellent place to stop. There are five haul-out facilities on the creek and many of them specialize in engine and outboard motor repairs. The town dock is located on the north shore of the creek, and is within easy reach of the visitors center and shopping areas.

Navigating the Water:

Use NOAA Chart 12347.

From the Hudson River, set a course to pick up quick flashing green buoy “73,” and then move northwest toward flashing green “1,” flashing green “3” and the Rondout Lighthouse at the mouth of the creek. Once you have cleared the lighthouse, the channel bends to the west, and is marked by a series of daybeacons along the inlet jetty. Depths in the creek entrance are reported at 13 feet, and hold to at least eight feet all the way to the Conrail Railroad Bridge (144-foot fixed vertical clearance) about two miles upstream from the creek entrance. Two other fixed bridges cross the creek about one mile from the mouth that have 56 and 86 feet of vertical clearance, respectively, as you enter move upstream.

There are marinas scattered along the entire length of Roundout Creek, but the highest density of them is located between the second fixed bridge and the Conrail Railroad Bridge farther upstream.

Local Notices to Mariners:

Local Notices to Mariners are available online from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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