Glimmerglass State Park launch wide view
17 May

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of Glimmerglass State Park, located outside Cooperstown, NY, a new recreational amenity promises to enhance the outdoor experience for all visitors, regardless of their physical abilities. The unveiling of a BoardSafe Accessible and Adaptive Kayak Launch marks a significant step towards inclusivity and accessibility in outdoor recreation, setting a precedent for state parks nationwide.

Glimmerglass State Park is located eight miles outside the village of Cooperstown, NY. The park overlooks Lake Otsego, known as the “Glimmerglass” in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales. This rolling and partially-wooded landscape boasts an uphill trail through the forest and offers a spectacular view of Otsego Lake. Visitors notice an abundance of wildlife in its forest, while the Beaver Pond and Woodland Nature Trails are picturesque and filled with varieties of wildflowers, shrubs, ferns, and mosses.

Glimmerglass State Park launch extra-wide view

Glimmerglass State Park is renowned for its breathtaking views of Otsego Lake and its diverse recreational activities. Winter activities include tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and winter hiking. In spring, summer, and fall, a new and inclusive kayak and canoe launch offers universal access and invites everyone’s participation in connecting with the park’s beautiful surroundings. Until recently, individuals with mobility challenges faced obstacles in fully enjoying the park’s offerings, particularly water-based activities like kayaking.

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The introduction of BoardSafe’s accessible adaptive kayak launch is a game-changer. Designed for accessibility, this innovative kayak and canoe launch allows individuals with disabilities to easily embark and disembark their kayaks and canoes, ensuring they can partake in the joys of paddling alongside their peers. The adaptive launch features an ADA gangway, a parallel cradle to hold the vessel, an adaptive kit that includes a step-down, boarding bench with a pullout seat, overhead grab bars and grab straps, sturdy handrails, non-slip surfaces, and ample space for maneuvering wheelchairs. The inclusive launch prioritizes safety and convenience without compromising inclusivity.

The value of this new addition extends far beyond mere convenience. It symbolizes a commitment to fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment among all park visitors, regardless of their physical limitations. By removing barriers to participation, Glimmerglass State Park sends a powerful message of inclusivity, reinforcing the idea that outdoor recreation is an activity that should be accessible to everyone.

Read “Accessible kayak launch opens at Glimmerglass” in The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY

The launch opens new opportunities for individuals with disabilities to connect with nature and experience the therapeutic benefits of outdoor activity. Research has shown that spending time in natural environments can improve mental well-being, reduce stress, and enhance the overall quality of life. By providing equitable access to kayaking, Glimmerglass State Park empowers individuals of all abilities to reap these rewards and forge meaningful connections with the natural world.

The accessible adaptive kayak launch at Glimmerglass State Park represents more than just a structural addition—it signifies a shift towards a more inclusive and equitable outdoor recreation landscape. As visitors glide across the tranquil waters of Otsego Lake, they do so not only in pursuit of adventure but also in celebration of unity, diversity, and the boundless spirit of exploration on a beautiful lake.

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BoardSafe is known for building the best adaptive kayak launch for universal access because we prioritize inclusivity and accessibility in our design. Our launches are carefully designed, engineered, and manufactured to accommodate individuals of all abilities, ensuring everyone can enjoy kayaking safely and comfortably. BoardSafe’s high-quality materials and innovative design features meet the diverse needs of our users, making our products stand out in terms of functionality and reliability.

For more information on how we can help you solve your water access challenges, contact BoardSafe at 610-899-0286 or visit our website at

Glimmerglass State Park launch wide view