Connect People to the River

A critical piece of the Genesee RiverWatch mission is to connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.  We strive to create awareness through outreach, events and improved access to the river for boating, fishing, hiking and biking.

Latest News

  • Events On and Around the River in 2021 March 8, 2021
    From hiking to paddling, there is a lot happening along the whole length of the Genesee River.
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  • Hiking along the Genesee: Letchworth State Park – East Side January 26, 2021
    This is one of the hiking ideas that Genesee RiverWatch has compiled along and around the Genesee River.
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  • Genesee Watershed Hiking Ideas January 26, 2021
    Dear Friends of Genesee RiverWatch, When the pandemic hit us last year, many of our normal activities were cancelled or became quite risky.  Rather than sit in the house and wait for warmer weather, we decided to put on our boots and explore the trails and sights along the Genesee, its tributaries and the four Finger ...
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  • The Story Behind the Genesee Blueway Map December 19, 2020
    This article is part of Genesee RiverWatch’s 2020 Year-End Appeal series – telling the stories behind our significant accomplishments. In this installment, we take you “behind the scenes” to describe the origin and development of the newly launched Genesee River Blueway Map and the additional resources arising from this project – an interactive version of the ...
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  • The Story Behind the Petten Street Access Dock December 4, 2020
    This article is part of Genesee RiverWatch’s 2020 Year-End Appeal series – telling the stories behind our significant accomplishments. The new canoe/kayak access dock on the Genesee River at Petten Street in Rochester, NY was formally opened on September 12th.  However, this was only the culmination of work that extended back to 2014.  In that ...
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  • Roc the Riverway Weekend Paddle October 13, 2020
    Saturday, Oct 3, 10am-2pm. Guided Paddle of the Lower River from the NEW Petten St. Dock Thirteen paddlers joined Genesee RiverWatch and the Genesee Waterways Center for a guided paddle on the Lower Genesee on Saturday Oct 3. The paddlers left from and returned to, the brand new, ADA compliant, canoe and kayak dock at the ...
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  • Paddle the Genesee on Roc the Riverway Weekend Oct 3rd & 4th September 29, 2020
    Saturday, Oct 3, 10am-2pm. Guided Paddle of the Lower River from the NEW Petten St. Dock Join Genesee RiverWatch and the Genesee Waterways Center for a guided paddle on the Lower Genesee. We will leave from, and return to, the brand new, ADA compliant, canoe and kayak dock at the foot of Petten Street. Enjoy a ...
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  • New Boater Access Site on the Genesee Announced by City of Rochester and Genesee RiverWatch September 12, 2020
    Kayakers and canoeists have a new and safe access site on the Lower Genesee. The ADA-compliant dock is on the west side of the river at the foot of Petten Street, just south of the O’Rourke Bridge.
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  • Genesee River Blueway Map August 25, 2020
    A new Genesee River Blueway Map is ready for use by canoeists and kayakers who wish to explore and connect with the river.
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  • Genesee River Canoe/Kayak Access Improvement Plan 2019 August 24, 2020
    Genesee RiverWatch, in partnership with Genesee Valley Conservancy and Genesee River Wilds, has created a Canoe/Kayak Access Improvement Plan that prioritizes car-top boat access sites on the main stem of the Genesee River that need upgrading and locations for new sites. The Plan was developed using stakeholder and general public input, the results of several ...
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