River Tours

Registration is now open for 2016 River Tours!


Our River Tour program is a fun and unique way to connect the community to our local waterways.  With years of experience, a mobile fleet of kayaks, ACA certified kayak trainers, and safety equipment for all participants, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper offers rich paddling tours to paddlers of all experience levels on many unique waterways around Western New York.

Our tour season will run from June through August, and presents a series of opportunities to learn about the amazing waterways in our community! You are welcome to bring your own kayak, or add a rental to your ticket order. Please be sure to read our Tour Policy and FAQ before registering for a tour.  Click on the tours below to register!

If purchasing for 2 or more people, be sure to add guest in the registration form.  Adding a guest lets us know who is attending and gives that person their own ticket to attend.

The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper River Tour Program is presented by M&T Bank, with additional support provided by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and East Hill Foundation. 

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JULY TOUR DATES  click choice date below to register

Saturday, July 30, 11am-12:30pm: Paddles Up Niagara @ Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island

As part of the 11th Annual Paddles Up Niagara paddling expo, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will offer a tour at the event. Come join in the fun with vendors, product demos, food, beer tent and more! Physical intensity: Moderate

AUGUST TOUR DATES  click choice date below to register

Tue. August 2, 5:30pm-8pm: Niagara River Islands @ East River Marsh, Grand Island 

A number of islands dot the length of the Niagara River including Strawberry, Motor, Frog, and Grand. All of these islands provide important coastal habitat. Join us to learn more about how shoreline habitat and wetlands and how they are being restored. Physical intensity: Moderate

Thu. August 4, 5:30pm-8pm: Restoring the Buffalo River @ Ohio Street Boat Launch, Buffalo 

Learn about how Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is addressing the industrially legacy that has starkly altered the Buffalo River and the great strides we have made to increase shoreline habitat and waterfront access. Physical intensity: Low

Tue. August 9, 5:30pm-8pm: Ecological Engineering @ Ellicott Creek, Amherst 

Humans are not the only mammals that drastically alter our environments to facilitate our needs. On the tour you will learn how humans and beavers use their skills to change the flow of water. Physical intensity: Low

Thu. August 11, 5:30pm-8pm: Niagara River Predators and Prey @ Great Lakes Center, Buffalo 

Learn how a minnow can have a large impact on the sport fishing economy and migratory bird species that populate the Niagara River Corridor. Physical intensity: Moderate

Sat. August 13, 9am-11:30am: Lower Niagara River Paddle @ Stella Niagara, Youngstown 

Launch with us at the newly restored Stella Niagara greenspace and learn about Niagara River formation, habitat, and wildlife. Enjoy a one way paddle with the current of the Lower Niagara from Stella to Youngstown. Since it is a one way trip we will park in Youngstown and carpool back to Stella Niagara. If you are bringing your own boat, you can drop it off at Stella Niagara and drive down to Youngstown. Physical intensity: Moderate

Tue. August 16, 5:30pm-8pm: Grand Ladies of the Lake @ Ohio Street Boat Launch, Buffalo 

A shining example of how our water has influenced Buffalo is the mighty grain elevators standing as silent towering symbols of the industrial past along the winding Buffalo River. Join us to learn how our water use has shaped Buffalo’s past, present, and future. Physical intensity: Low

Thu. August 18, 5:30pm-8pm: Niagara Frontier Environmental History @ Griffon Park, Niagara Falls 

Come learn about the industrial history of Niagara Falls while discussing the efforts to remediate the legacy and restore habitat while we paddle down Cayuga Creek. Physical intensity: Low

Tue. August 23, 5:30pm-8pm: Birdwatching on Hyde Park Lake @ Hyde Park, Niagara Falls 

Niagara River Corridor is a Globally Significant Important Bird Area that is host to 35 different waterfowl species. Join us at Hyde Park Lake to learn about the local bird species, their habitat, and more of about the significance of this region of the Great Lakes. Physical intensity: Low

Thu. August 25, 5:30pm-8pm: Living Shorelines Paddle @ East River Marsh, Grand Island 

Explore the Beaver Island Lagoon and East River Marsh Habitat restoration projects in the Upper Niagara River while on the lookout for Osprey and other feathered friends. Physical intensity: Moderate

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GROUP RIDES click choice date below to register


Wed. August 3, 5:45pm-8pm: Niagara River Nature @ Devil’s Hole State Park, Niagara Falls 

Learn about the natural wonders of the region as we ride our bikes from Devils Hole State Park to Niagara Falls State Park and back. We will be traveling by amazing natural wonders of the Niagara River Gorge and teaching about their formation and habitat. Rides are led by Riverkeeper guides and supported with repair equipment.

Speed: 8-10 mph, Length: 10 miles, Starting: Devil’s Hole State Park

Wed. August 31, 5:45pm-8pm: Niagara Frontier History @ The Silo Restaurant, Lewiston

Explore an area rich in history and cultural significance as we ride our bikes from Art Park to Fort Niagara and back. We will tell the story of Native Americans, European settlers, and African Americans that came to this area for its natural resources and in hope of a better future. Rides are led by Riverkeeper guide and supported with repair equipment.

Speed: 8-10 mph, Length: 14 miles, Starting: Silo Restaurant Parking Lot in Lewiston

Outdoor Recreation Guide for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has developed an outdoor recreation guide for the tours we have led in the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.  Based on the work of our experienced tour leaders, this guide provides maps, trails, paddles, and descriptions to help you get out and discover the natural beauty of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area on your own.  Download a free copy of the brochure HERE.

Custom paddling, biking, and hiking programs are also available.
To learn more about this option, please visit our Custom Programs webpage.



Contact Wendy Paterson, Community Liaison, at wpaterson@bnriverkeeper.org or 716-852-7483 ext 26.