Plenty of visitors take advantage of New York state’s wilderness and mix business with pleasure during working vacations in the Adirondacks. Yet, when it comes to the annual Hudson River White Water Derby, you’ll find more pleasure than business in North Creek, North River and Riparius.
In May 1967, New York Sen. Robert Kennedy traveled to the North Creek region to take part in the 10th annual White Water Derby and sample the wilder side of the upper Hudson River.
He and his wife, Ethel, and most of his children stayed at the Garnet Hill Lodge in North River for the weekend of May 6-7. His entourage included two nephews, niece Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall and Freckles, the family dog.
On the business side, the senator was interested in research and marketing. At the time, he was supporting a river conservation bill in the U.S. Congress, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The popular Hudson River White Water Derby was a perfect stage for Kennedy’s political views on the environment.