Hudson River Facts for Kids

A Map of the Hudson River
  • River Name: Hudson River
  • Location: United States of America
  • Total Length: 315 miles
  • Maximum Depth: 202 feet
  • Main Outlet: Upper New York Bay
  • Known for: Being named after English sea explorer Henry Hudson

20 Hudson River Facts for Kids

  1. The Hudson River is a watercourse that flows through the United States, North America.
  2. The Hudson River flows through two states in the United States.
  3. The two U.S. states the Hudson River flows through are New York and New Jersey.
  4. The Hudson River flows through some of the most populated areas in the world.
  5. The Hudson River is most well-known for being named after English sea explorer Henry Hudson.
  6. Henry Hudson discovered and explored the Hudson River in September 1609.
  7. One of the main water sources (headstream) of the Hudson River is Lake Tear of the Clouds.
  8. The water from the Hudson River flows into the Upper New York Bay.
  9. The entire length of the Hudson River is 315 miles.
  10. The average depth of the Hudson River is 30 feet.
  11. The deepest point of the Hudson River is 202 feet.
  12. The Hudson River is divided into two sections, the Upper Hudson River and the Lower Hudson River.
  13. The Hudson River is home to many different species of fish.
  14. Some of the fish found in the Hudson River are bass, catfish, striped bass and yellow perch.
  15. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are also found in the Hudson River, but they aren’t native species.
  16. Fishing is very popular in the Hudson River and it’s the site of many bass tournaments.
  17. Due to water pollution it’s not recommended to eat fish caught in the Hudson River.
  18. The Hudson River has a large volume of water pollutants from decades of urban runoff and water discharges.
  19. One of the worst polluters of the Hudson River was General Electric. Between 1947 and 1977, GE dumped tons of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River.
  20. The Hudson River was the location of an emergency commercial airplane landing known as the Miracle on the Hudson. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles ditched an Airbus A320 on the river and saved all 155 passengers and crew on January 15th, 2009.

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