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

  • 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 Launched 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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  • 2020 Genesee RiverWatch Events Postponed/Canceled July 21, 2020
    Due to the current health crisis, the following events planned for 2020 are either canceled or postponed. We are hoping for a better 2021! 7th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit – The summit was originally planned for April 29th. We hope that the virus will be under control by fall and that we can re-schedule ...
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  • Hiking the Genesee and Surrounding Areas While Social Distancing April 13, 2020
    Hiking the Genesee and Surrounding Areas While Social Distancing
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  • Seeking Input on Genesee River Canoe/Kayak Access Sites November 5, 2019
    Genesee RiverWatch in partnership with the Genesee Valley Conservancy and Genesee River Wilds has received funding from New York Sea Grant to develop, print and distribute V2 (version 2) of the Genesee River Blueway map and to solicit public input on canoe/kayak access sites. The updated map will include updated access site information, as well ...
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