Summer Paddles on the Genesee

Join Genesee RiverWatch and the Genesee Waterways Center for a summer of paddling on the Genesee River.

Paddle to Red Creek

  • Saturday, June 12th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 29th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us for guided paddles of the river past Genesee Park and into the Erie Canal and Red Creek – a hidden gem abundant with wildlife, including great blue herons, kingfishers, painted turtles and more!   We will leave from, and return to, the Waterways Center off Elmwood Avenue.  Guides will describe the history of the Erie Canal as well as the 19th century Genesee Valley Canal and Genesee Valley Canal Railroad that paralleled the river.  Meet at the entrance to the Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Avenue.

Paddle the Lower Genesee

  • Saturday, July 10th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 2nd, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Roc the Riverway Weekend)

Join us for guided paddles on the Lower Genesee.  We will leave from, and return to, the new, ADA compliant, canoe and kayak dock at the foot of Petten Street.  Enjoy a rare, water-level view of Turning Point Park and Rochester’s unique “wilderness in the city” hidden in the gorge of the Genesee.  Guides will describe the history of the Lower Genesee, including its role as a coal port and terminus of the Underground Railroad.  Meet in the parking lot at the river end of Petten Street off Lake Avenue.

Boat rental costs for all events are: canoe – $50, double kayak – $50, single kayak – $25.  Maximum two adults per canoe.  All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration required at  Genesee Waterways Center – Events & Registration.  (Look for “Community Paddles”.)  Call 585-328-3960 with questions.

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