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Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s River Tour Program

If you’ve been looking to get familiar with the waterfront, up close and personal, then there’s no better way to do that than with a guided tour. Tours are great for those who are hoping to get away from the madding crowds. There are so many aquatic channels to explore, from Buffalo’s waterfront to Niagara Falls. Along with the stunning visuals, there is a fascinating environmental history attached to each and every waterway.


Each year, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper offers a number of regional paddle tours, as well as a few bike tours. The guided tours give people a first hand look at some of the greatest natural assets that this region possesses. The tours also offer an inside look into this area’s recent environmental successes. For those who are interested in taking in more than a paddle, Riverkeeper provides actual guided tours of our surroundings:

  • Years of experience
  • A mobile fleet of kayaks
  • ACA certified kayak trainers
  • Safety equipment for all participants
  • Rich paddling tours to paddlers of all experience levels
  • Many unique waterways around Western New York
  • Rental kayaks are available. Participants may also bring their own kayaks

Advance registration is required, and all ticket sales support the efforts of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper to protect clean water in our region.  More details, maps and registration information for all the programs below are listed on this website:

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

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper River Tour paddling programs:

Thursday, July 21, 5:30pm-8pm: Lumber City Paddle @ East Hill Foundation, North Tonawanda 

Tuesday, July 26, 5:30pm-8pm: Industrial & Ecological Transportation @ Amherst Veterans Canal Park, Amherst 

Thursday, July 28, 5:30pm-8pm: Gill Creek: Before & Beyond @ Hyde Park, Niagara Falls 

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

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

Tuesday, August 9, 5:30pm-8pm: Ecological Engineering @ Ellicott Creek, Tonawanda 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Group Bike Rides:

Wednesday, July 20, 5:45pm-8pm: Niagara Frontier History @ Fort Niagara, Youngstown 

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

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


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