Lawson Lake County Park

Heldeberg Workshop Canoe Camp

Paddle a Canoe & Kayak, Too

At Lawson Lake, with instructor Marilyn Pusatere, classes for canoeing and kayaking have kicked off for the 2017 season.

Children had opportunities to practice strokes for solo and partner paddling. First they learn good balance to avoid tipping over–then, they tip over on purpose and learn to rescue themselves. (This is also known as  the "capsize cool-off"!) 

They also learned how to paddle a kayak – a bit different, but a lot the same. Push the water, move the boat, learn the skills to make it fun! This class is great for beginners or for those who want to improve their paddling skills.

The Heldeberg Workshop is not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing an Adventure in Learning. It is chartered by the Board of Regents and is located on over 200 acres at the foot of the Helderberg Escarpment in the Town of New Scotland. It offers 1- and 2-week outdoor courses, taught by certified teachers and expert artisans, in science and nature, high adventure, theater and art, to name a few. Weekend classes are also available to adults.


The Heldeberg Workshop again offered its Canoe Camp for a week this year at Lawson Lake.

This popular class was well attended, and those interested in attending next year’s can contact Michael Matthews at (518) 765-2777.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy

Open year round to the public for bird watching, cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, ice fishing, nature study, picnicking, snowshoeing and the use of canoes and portable cartop watercraft.



Use of our buildings is by special permit.

For information, contact
Lawson Lake Information Center
293 Lawson Lake Road
Feura Bush, NY 12067
(518) 768-2560: information center
(518) 768-2046: cabin 55, admin house

The following uses and activities are prohibited: consumption of alcoholic beverages, hunting, trapping, motorized vehicles, motorized boats and large watercraft requiring trailers, open fires, overnight camping, and swimming.