Hackensack Riverkeeper


They still have plenty of spots left, and it’s BYOB! Try and RSVP by today if possible. The weather is supposed to be very nice on Saturday too!

Take a Narrated Boat Tour of the Meadowlands with a Hackensack Riverkeeper Guide.

The trip is a benefit for Hoboken’s Quality of Life Coalition, a group that works to bring the community together on projects that improve the living environment in this densely populated city.
When: Saturday, August 18, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Boat leaves from Laurel Hill County Park (we will send you directions).
What to bring: Food and drink (you could even have a cocktail at sunset out on the water)!

Costs: $35 for adults and $15 for children under 13. The boat accommodates 15 people.
RSVP by August 16. Contact Helen Manogue at 201-963-3511 or helenmanogue@optonline.net.

This event is presented by the QLC, a 501c3 organization, so the cost of your ticket is tax deductible. Visit website above for more information.

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See originating post from March below:


Despite our beckoning for more park space in Hoboken, we still need to leave town to enjoy some of the more natural parks, trails and rivers. NJ has plenty of beautiful places for hiking, canoeing or other fun outdoor activities. Luckily, you don’t have to travel too far to experience this hidden treat.

Hoboken411 reader bmacqueens felt like making amends for some if his saucier comments on recent threads by pointing out this great local resource right near Hoboken.

“There is a curious little park at Exit 15X on I-95 called Laurel Hill. Nobody seems to know about it, as I have never seen it busy. (You need a car.) There is plenty of nice picnicking space, as well as a well-maintained playground area. However, the real kicker, is that you can go rent canoes and kayaks for what seems to be a very reasonable price. I wanted to bring the wife here last summer but the baby was too close to delivery by the time we discovered this little gem.

So, for anybody who would like to get out and do some wetland exploration in our own (forgotten) backyard, happy paddling!”


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In addition to canoeing or kayaking, they also offer other fun things to do in the area, like eco-walks, chartered eco-cruises and other interesting environmental activities. So whether you’re a die-hard nature-lover or just looking for something different to do rather than going shopping or drinking, here’s a perfect place to start.

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WOW – neat….are there other dates scheduled? Are there brownie points for finding Hoffa?


Here’s a cheaper alternative for the same ride:



this is the BEST way to see the Meadowlands! My family goes every year. You can actually take the train to Secaucus and then walk about a 1/2 mile to the boat ramp. It’s not the most stroller-friendly walk-but it’s doable!


Saturday, June 9th
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Laurel Hill County Park
Secaucus, NJ

Raindate June 10th

MeadowFest is a fun, daylong event for everyone, with a host of kid-friendly outdoor activities that promote environmental education and awareness. This is an opportunity for children and adults of all ages to learn about the surrounding Eco-System of the Meadowlands and the Hackensack River. Sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, outdoor events include: Live Music, Balloon and Boat Rides, Food, Crafts, and a host of exhibitors.


I read an excellent book about the New Jersey Meadowlands a while back… here is the link for it on Amazon.


Very interesting book.

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Extra Credit:
There is a huge rock formation that overlooks the park. You pass it on the turnpike – it has lots of graffiti. Supposedly the Prudential Rock logo was inspired by this local rock.[/quote]

Thats true about the Prudential logo, Uptowner. The rock formation is actually Laural Hill. When growing up and to this day most from these parts that know about the rock formation refer to it as Snake Hill. I’ve never seen a snake there though. It was a popular drinking spot for those nearby – North Bergen, Seacaucus, etc.

The rock formation itself is an anomaly found to be curious by many geologists for its juxtaposition to the flat meadows that surround it for miles and miles.

If I remember correctly from the book a couple of long ago mayors from North Bergen and Seacaucus had some kind of dispute resulting in one of the gentlemen dynamiting a sizable portion(30%?) of Snake Hill into oblivion to the chagrin of the other who’s pride of the edifice was well know. Ahhhh yes, Hudson County politics at its finest.

Gotta look for the book to refresh my dying brain cells.