Take a Paddle Western New York  by Rich & Sue Freeman

Take a Paddle: Western New York Guide Book

by Rich & Sue Freeman (Footprint Press)
Take a Paddle Western New York  by Rich & Sue Freeman
A comprehensive paddling guide to flat-water ponds, lakes, streams and rivers in Western New York. Slide the bow of your canoe or kayak across the shore of a grass-lined pond or the gravel shore of a stream. Dip your paddle into the cool, still water and glide downstream to enjoy the solitude and explore hidden pools and alcoves. Perhaps search for pitcher plants in a sphagnum moss bog, watch fish dart below your boat or spot a deer standing in the creek around the next bend. The discoveries are almost endless from water level.

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Trails from the "Take a Paddle: Western New York" Guide Book
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The Allegheny River is wide with a mild current (except during spring high waters) and often has high mud banks. Flood control dikes, set back from the water’s edge, parallel the river, making this fe ...
Allegany, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 15.8
The Allegheny River is a wide, meandering waterway that rises in Pennsylvania, loops north through New York State then heads back down to Pennsylvania as a reservoir, with its waters backed up by the ...
Mill Grove, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2.7
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Watch for the resident bald eagle and osprey as you paddle this undeveloped lake with two names. It’s part of Honeoye Creek, created by a dike at the western end. The eastern end has a lily swamp, m ...
Alma, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3.4
A scenic overlook on I-86 between exits 33 and 34, heading east, gives a bird's-eye view of Almond Lake and its dam. Placid Almond Lake was formed by damming Canacadea Creek as part of the flood contr ...
Hornell, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1.5
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One-mile long Bear Lake has clear water but a rather boring wooded shoreline, devoid of nooks and crannies. Head south, down the lake to paddle the much more interesting, narrow, winding outlet to Cou ...
Stockton, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2
You have several options for paddling this area. Launch and/or take-out into either Little Black Creek or Black Creek. There is current in the Genesee River, but it’s easy to paddle upstream (and a fa ...
Chili, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 16
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The dam in Churchville creates a backwater that’s deep enough to paddle even in summer. At Route 19 we found 4-foot-deep water in a narrow channel that widened the further downstream we went. Blowdown ...
Bergen, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.3
Bond Lake is a fun paddle on a pristine lake, but the Meyers Lakes are especially scenic, with irregular shorelines cradled by trees that shelter a paddler from winds. It’s easy to portage from one la ...
Lewiston, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2
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Unlike the other ponds that rim Lake Ontario north of Rochester, Buck Pond is not ringed with cottages. Your views will be of a cattail marsh. Civilization will infringe on your ears however, because ...
Greece, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3.3
Paddling this waterway gives you a perspective on development that can only be seen from water level. As you paddle toward Buffalo, you’ll pass through three sections designated the Natural River, the ...
West Seneca, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 6.5
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Buckhorn Island State Park sits at the northwest point of Grand Island. It’s an island by virtue of narrow streams called Burnt Ship Creek and Woods Creek, which bisect this 895 acres of marsh, meadow ...
Grand Island, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2.8
This is a quiet, rural paddle with little shoreline development. Unlike so many other waterways, there’s no expressway paralleling this creek. You’ll feel like Lewis & Clark exploring the wilds of Ame ...
South Stockton, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 19.9
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The launch puts you in Middle Cassadaga Lake. This is the narrowest of the three lakes and sports a combination of cottages and undisturbed tree-lined shoreline. You can follow it south to Lower Cassa ...
Cassadaga, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.4
The water flow in this stretch of river is highly affected by rainfall and controlled by an upstream dam. We found the flow to be a bit much for novices at over 700 cubic feet per second on a spring d ...
Falconer, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1.8
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Clossner’s Marsh is the headwaters of Canaseraga Creek. The creek itself is too shallow to paddle, even in spring, but the pond of Clossner’s Marsh provides 1.8 miles to paddle. Lots of ducks and gees ...
Swain, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3.6
Conesus Lake is a very popular and heavily used lake that supports a cottage community. There is a lot of activity on the lake and immediate waterfront year-round. The Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife ...
Dansville, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2
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Conewango Creek is a slow, meandering, muddy waterway with many overhanging trees. Initially, the banks are steep and it’s common to see freshly uprooted trees. You may have to portage over downed tre ...
Clarks Corner, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 19.3
This is not the most scenic place to paddle. The banks of the ponds and island are gravel with small, scrub trees. However, it is a preserved example of an old quarry and offers an up-close educationa ...
Batavia, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1
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We were awed by this waterway. We put in expecting to see a channel lined by docks and boats. Instead, we found ourselves in a pristine valley where great blue herons swooped overhead and duckweed par ...
Newfane, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2
The original Erie Canal (Clinton's Ditch) had more curves than today's canal. When the canal was widened, deepened and rerouted south of Rochester, many loops and turns were eliminated. A straight emb ...
Perinton, NY - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 2
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