A new Genesee River Blueway Map is ready for use by canoeists and kayakers who wish to explore and connect with the river. The downloadable Overview Map shows current river access locations from Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario. A web-based Interactive Map gives users detailed information about each access point, including photos of the sites. Printed copies of the Overview Map will be available at access points over the next few months as signage and map holders are installed. The advantage of the online map is that it can be updated as necessary to provide current information about access points.
Genesee RiverWatch partnered with the Genesee Valley Conservancy and Genesee River Wilds to update the Genesee River Blueway Trail Map, originally developed by Genesee River Wilds and the Genesee Valley Conservancy. The work was funded by a $25,000 grant from New York Sea Grant and financial and in-kind support from the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.
As part of this project, Genesee RiverWatch developed a prioritized list of sites for new and improved access based on input from stakeholders and citizens, aerial imaging, GIS, the work of others, and site visits. This work is summarized in the Genesee River Canoe/Kayak Access Improvement Plan 2019.