The Hudson River reaches a maximum depth in excess of 200 feet. The river is maintained to have a minimum depth of 30 feet to be used as a shipping channel.
The Hudson River is approximately 315 miles long. The river begins in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Tear of the Clouds in New York at an elevation of 4,590 feet and ends at Upper New York Bay with an elevation of 0 feet. The river's basin comprises a total area of 14,000 square miles. The Hudson River is named after Henry Hudson, who explored the waterway in 1609 while sailing for the Dutch East India Company.