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Ice Information on the Hudson River

Information on Ice on the Hudson River

Ice buildup on the bulkheads at Rhinecliff Train Station.

Engineers, landscape architects and restoration practioners designing projects on the Hudson River shoreline must account for the effects of seasonal ice. The winter ice season (mid-December to late March each year) brings many significant changes to the water circulation and tides in the Hudson River Estuary.  Ice can cause damage to both natural shoreline and manmade structures on the river, and can affect commercial navigation. Below are reports and data on ice on the Hudson.


Aerial view of ice on the Hudson River

Tidal Hudson River Ice Climatology

The US Coast Guard collects daily data on ice thickness, cover, and types present on the river, collected in daily ice reports.     Under the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project, Stevens Institute analyzed Coast Guard imagery from 2004-2015 and authored  Tidal Hudson River Ice Cover Climatology. This report explains the methodology and results of this climatological and statistical analyses for the ice distributions of ice thickness and ice cover as well as ice types on the Hudson River Estuary.

The full report can be found HERE .

Geospatial Data

 In addition to the ice cover climatology, Stevens Institute produced geospatial data  for 2005-2012, available as a compilation of observed ice data probabilistic statistics (ice thickness, percent ice cover, and ice types) based on United States Coast Guard (USCG) daily ice reports along the tidal Hudson River during ice season.

Geospatial data is available HERE

Other Resources

Two other Hudson River publications consider ice in shoreline erosion protection:

Ice at the Sustainable Shorelines demonstration site at Habirshaw Park, Yonkers.

Hudson River Shoreline Restoration Alternatives Analysis by Allen, G., Cook, T., Taft, E., Young, J., & Mosier, D. (2006). describes the Hudson River ice regime and evaluates a range of river bank stabilization techniques for a variety of parameters including ice. Click HERE  to read.


 Engineered Approaches for Limiting Erosion along Sheltered Shorelines by Rella, A. & Miller, J. (2012a),provides an overview of the engineered approaches currently being utilized to manage erosion along sheltered shorelines, and also evaluates techniques for ice damage susceptibility. Click HERE to read.





Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2020

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.