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Buffalo River Paddle Tours

 Thursday, June, 5th  5:30-8 PM Natural History of the Buffalo River


Our city is named after the river that provided the deep water harbor leading to our industrial growth. Learn about the natural and human history of this important water body and the progress being made by Riverkeeper and our partners at restoring both its in water and near shore natural environment.

 Wednesday, June 25th  5:30-8 PM Built by Immigrants


Much of Buffalo’s explosive growth in the 19th and 20th centuries came on the backs of the numerous immigrants that lived and worked in our city during that time.  Join us as we paddle through Buffalo’s Historic Old First Ward and focus on the immigrants from Ireland that were so instrumental in shaping our industrial past along the Buffalo River. We will also discuss the future of a new economy based on the restoration of the health and integrity of our freshwater systems as compared to our industrial past.

 Thursday , August 21st 5:30-8PM Grand Ladies of the Lake, Buffalo’s Grain Elevators (Rescheduled from July 30)


Our iconic grain elevators lining the Buffalo River are proud symbols of our industrial heritage. At the same time they also remind us of the price we paid in degradation of our environment from our past. Learn the history of these revolutionary structures including their architectural influence around the world. We will also discuss their future and how they fit in to our new water based economy.

 Wednesday, August 27 5:30-8 PM A Tour of Progress


Riverkeeper and our partners have been the driving force in the ecological restoration and economic revitalization of the Buffalo River Corridor. Learn about the groundbreaking Buffalo River Cleanup, which has worldwide implications. We will also paddle past and discuss exiting new economic revitalization projects throughout the corridor.

 Niagara River Paddle Tours

 Tuesday, June 10 5:30-8 PM Cayuga Island Big and Little River Tour


Join us in a relaxing paddle around Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls. We will head downstream in the Niagara River, back upstream in the Little River, and up peaceful Cayuga Creek. We expect to see abundant bird life along the corridor and will discuss Riverkeeper’s nearby Griffon Park Reforestation and other projects in Niagara Falls.

 Saturday, June 21, 9:30AM-12:30 PM Scajaquada Creek Regatta


Join us for the second annual Scajaquada Creek Regatta, a leisurely paddle down the Black Rock Canal and up Historic Scajaquada Creek, an underutilized resource full of history and ecology. This year’s Regatta is in celebration of Riverkeeper’s award of funding from the New York Power Authority to create a Micropark and Paddle Sports launch along Scajaquada Creek. This tour is unguided but safety paddlers will be stationed throughout to help you along the way. Each paddler will receive 5 poker cards along the route and the top hands will win water related prizes.

 Tuesday, July 15th  5:30-8 PM Hyde Park Lake Paddle and Ribbon Cutting


Join Riverkeeper as we help the city of Niagara Falls announce that Hyde Park Lake is a great paddle sports destination! We will lead a leisurely paddle of the lake and explore some of its lush shorelines looking for birds and other wildlife. The lake and its calm sheltered waters provide a great venue for beginner recreational paddlers.

Tuesday, August 5th 5:30-8 PM Ransom Creek Evening Wildlife Watch Tour –CANCELED Due to Thunderstorms

Join us as we paddle through the beautiful winding Ransom Creek and its forested floodplain in search of the abundant wildlife found in the creek corridor. We will discuss the ecology of this tributary of Tonawanda creek and cover some of the species commonly found here.

 Tuesday, August 19th  5:30-8 PM Historic Lumber City Waterfront Tour


This paddle will celebrate Riverkeeper’s partnership with the East Hill Foundation. We will launch from the Foundation’s offices into the Little River around Tonawanda Island. We will discuss the rich waterfront history of the Tonawandas and the future of the area as a part of the new water based economy.

 Tuesday, August 26th  5:30-8 PM East River Marsh and Strawberry Island


This spectacular paddle will launch from the restored East River Marsh on Grand Island and explore Motor and Strawberry Islands of the Upper Niagara River. The numerous restoration projects as well as the history and ecology of the Niagara River Islands will be discussed.

 Tuesday, September 2nd  5:30-8 PM Downtown Buffalo Harbor Paddle

Use of Riverkeeper kayaks and reservations for bringing your own boat are now full.  Please contact Chris Murawski at 716-852-7483 ext 39 to be put on the waitlist (we often have cancellations). Launches at the Great Lakes Center, click here for directions

Tour Launches at the Great Lakes Center, click here for directions.

This paddle will be in celebration of Riverkeeper’s partnership with the Great Lakes Center of Buffalo State College. The center is a hot bed of important scientific research on the Great Lakes and the Niagara River. Following a pre paddle walking tour of the center, we will explore the Buffalo Harbor and enjoy spectacular views of the downtown skylines and sunset.

Buffalo River Bike Tours

Wednesday July 2nd (leave from Mutual Riverfront Park)
Wednesday August 6 (leave from Mutual Riverfront Park)
Wednesday, September 3 (leave from Canalside)
Wednesday, October 1 (leave from Canalside)

Registration for both tours are now open
Directions for Mutual Riverfront Park here
Directions for Canalside here
Join us as we peddle through the Historic Old First Ward, past Canalside,  and on to the beautiful Outer Harbor.  We will make stops along the way and you will lean about the natural and human history of the Buffalo River and Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect and preserve this important resource.






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