Buffalo July 05, 2017
8 Perfect Places To Kayak And Canoe Around Buffalo This Summer
Do you even ‘yak, bro? Believe it or not, the 716 has several great spots to get your paddle on so you can put your kayak or canoe in the water without feeling put out. Grab your life vests and get ready to row, row, row your boat at these eight perfect places to kayak and canoe around Buffalo!
1. Canalside (44 Prime Street)
If you're looking for a more touristy and leisurely paddle, Canalside is the place to be. There are kayak rentals available from Buffalo Harbor Kayak for a decent rate if you don't have a vessel of your own. Sit back, paddle forth, and enjoy the views of the city from the lake!
2. 18 Mile Creek (Hamburg)
18 Mile Creek is - you guessed it - 18 miles long, located in Hamburg, just south of the city. If you're looking for a more serene spot in Buffalo, this is the place for you! The creek meanders throughout Hamburg to Lake Erie, making for a perfectly peaceful destination.
3. Buffalo River (Downtown)
The Buffalo River is eight miles long, and there are plenty of kayaking routes to choose from along the way. Launch your kayak in the Old First Ward neighborhood and experience paddling amongst Buffalo's industrial giants - the grain elevators - for a truly unique kayaking adventure!
4. Woodlawn Beach (3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell)
Head down Route 5 to Blasdell and put in at Woodlawn Beach, where you can bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one when you get there. Stick close to the shores to avoid the wakes from other boaters, or head out for the challenge and make your way further out on Lake Erie.
5. Ellicott Creek (1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Tonawanda)
Choose the difficulty level that you want at Ellicott Creek, with leisurely paddling near neighborhoods and parks to braving the waters near the Erie Canal where things get a bit busier. Either way, this is one of the most popular spots for kayaking in Buffalo - and it's not hard to see why!
6. Beaver Island State Park (2136 Oakfield Road, Grand Island)
Beaver Island State Park is located in Grand Island, NY – and the trip over the bridge is well worth the water that awaits! The park itself is beautiful - so bring your boat and pack a picnic lunch to truly enjoy all that it has to offer.
7. Lower Niagara (Lewiston)
The Lower Niagara River is a great kayak or canoe trip for those looking to say they've navigated on the Niagara. Not to worry- you won't get anywhere near the falls! This section is paddle-able for about 5 miles starting in Lewiston and ending at Lake Ontario.
8. Evangola State Park (10191 Old Lake Shore Road, Irving)
Evangola is a bit of a drive from the city of Buffalo, but the picturesque shoreline and calm waters of Lake Erie are a great spot for kayaking and canoeing in Buffalo. Load up your paddles and lather up on sunscreen for a day in the sun!