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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AUGUST PADDLE TOURS  click choice date below to register

Tue. August 30, 4:45pm-7:00pm: 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

GROUP RIDES click choice date below to register

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

NATURE HIKES click choice date below to register

Sat. September 17, 9am-11:30am: Nature Hike @ Art Park State Park
Sat. October 8, 9am-11:30am: Nature Hike @ Devil’s Hole State Park
Sat. October 22, 9am-11:30am: Nature Hike @ DeVaux Woods & Whirlpool State Parks

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.