The Genesee River Basin is filled with natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Whether you are looking for a woodland or riverside walk, an experience paddling on the River or relaxing time fishing…the Genesee has something to offer.


There are wonderful hiking opportunities in the Genesee River Basin. Trail systems include the Genesee Riverway in the City of Rochester, the Genesee Valley Greenway that extends 90 miles from Rochester to Cuba, the 15-mile Lehigh Valley trails in southern Monroe County and Letchworth State ParkMendon Ponds Park also has ample opportunities for hiking. From these, we have compiled our own list of trails that – as a rule – are less well known and should have very little traffic. Trail descriptions.

Paddling on the River

The Genesee River Blueway Map is available for use by canoeists and kayakers who wish to explore and connect with the river. Each summer, Genesee RiverWatch partners with the Genesee Waterways Center for organized paddles on the Genesee River. Check our website for current information.


The Genesee River and its tributaries offer a rich variety of angling opportunities – from fly-casting for trout in sparkling clear water to fighting huge salmon near the base of a 100-foot waterfall. Learn more.

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