Conserving Land • Protecting Resources
Since 1987

As of January 1, 2024, the Rensselaer Land Trust has merged with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. For all questions regarding donations, events, land, or other matters, please visit or call 518-712-9211. For questions about the merger, use extension 101 to speak with Jim Bonesteel. You can expect a new name and logo for our merged organization by Spring / Summer 2024 and a new website by the end of the year!

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Papscanee Creek and Hudson River

These lands drain into Papscanee Creek or into nearby small streams that flow directly into the Hudson River south of Mill Creek, such as the Vierda Kill. Papscanee Creek was once a channel of the Hudson River separating Campbell and Papscanee Islands from the mainland; but the northern end of Papscanee Creek near Rensselaer has been filled in, and now the only navigable connection to the Hudson is its southern end just north of Castleton‐on‐Hudson.

The Papscanee Island area is the site of a well‐documented settlement of the Mahican Indians. The Papscanee Island Nature Preserve in Schodack offers public access to the floodplain forest, freshwater tidal wetlands, and river shore. A two‐day "BioBlitz" at the Preserve documented 72 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, and 133 species of plants.