One of the best ways to see the river is from a canoe, kayak, or raft.

Depending on water level, the Hoosic presents exciting and scenic canoeing, kayaking or rafting. Because the Hoosic is a fast-draining system, best boating is likely to be in the spring or during the autumn rainy season, but any significant rainfall will have an effect on water levels.

It is illegal and dangerous to enter the flood-control chutes in Adams, North Adams and Hoosick Falls. Power-company dams in the New York section should be given wide berth. Obstructions are marked on the maps with caution signs.