The Saw Kill

The Saw Kill at Bard College in September 2014. Photo Credit: Clara Woolner

The Saw Kill is an important body of water in the towns  of Red Hook, Milan, and Rhinebeck, the villages of Red Hook and Tivoli, and the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson (where Bard College is located).

The Saw Kill plays an important role in our communities: it is a source of drinking water and also a place where treated water is released; it is a place to recreate by swimming, fishing, boating or nature-watching; it is an important historical resource with many dams and mills having been built since early European settlement and first peoples settling here thousands of years earlier.

The Saw Kill is a “direct drainage” tributary to the Hudson River. For more information on direct drainage in Dutchess county, see this website: