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

  • City of Rochester and Genesee RiverWatch Announce New Boater Access Site on the Genesee 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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  • Cruise into the Lower Genesee River Gorge June 18, 2019
    Join Genesee RiverWatch on an exclusive cruise of the Lower Genesee River Gorge with experts on the Flora-Fauna and the History of the River. Guests will board the Harbor Town Belle and be treated to a view of the River seen only by a few. We will go upriver about 5 miles from the Port ...
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  • Report of 4th Annual Summit: River Access and Recreational Opportunities August 24, 2017
    This report was produced out of the 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 15, 2017. The topic was “River Access and Recreational Opportunities.” The purpose of this Summit was to review the current state of river access and recreational use, understand the benefits associated with increasing these opportunities and plan for how we ...
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  • 2017 Basin Summit August 23, 2017
    Genesee RiverWatch held its 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 15, 2017.  The topic was “River Access and Recreational Opportunities.”  The purpose of this year’s Summit was to review the current state of river access and recreational use, understand the benefits associated with increasing these opportunities and plan for how we can move ...
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