Posts filed under ‘boating’
At normal water levels both Hemlock and Canadice have limited shoreline. Left alone, the forest grows right to the water’s edge. However, after a long dry summer, the lake level drops, creating a generous shore with some startling views.
“Braddock Bay is renowned for being an excellent bird-watching location, as raptors and other birds congregate when migrating north in Spring.” — Wikipedia
Cool Great lakes breezes, alongside gorgeous wetlands loaded with wildlife makes for an awesome adventure on a hot summer day.
I put my kayak in furthest north and explored right out onto the lake. If you put in further downstream you can travel way back into the wetlands, full of Herons, Kingfishers, Puddle ducks, particularly mallards, blue-winged teal and wood ducks all nest in this area.
Rochester New York has several easy spots to drive, park, drop in your kayak and be surrounded by nature in minutes. LaSalles Landing on Empire Boulevard in Webster is a perfect example. From my house its less than a 15 minute drive. Distance from car to water about 30 ft. You paddle from Irondequoit Bay under the bridge and you can easily explore Ellyson Park’s wetlands.
Late in the afternoon on a hot and lazy Saturday I drop my kayak into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal right outside of Waterloo. The water is surprisingly clear and there is little current making it ideal for self-propelled paddlers.
There are lots of river dwellers to observe — heron, kingfishers, sunfish, ducks, and painted turtles. They are used to the boat traffic, but not used to me when I tried to sneak up close for a picture.
The Cayuga-Seneca Canal is a 16 mile section of the Seneca River, which flows 61.6 miles from west to east, starting at Seneca Lake flowing east through the Montezuma Marsh, at the north end of Cayuga Lake to Three-Rivers (Onondaga County) where it combines with the Oneida and Oswego Rivers, with the Oswego River then emptying into Lake Ontario.
Between Seneca Lake and Seneca Falls, the canal flows parallel to routes 5 and 20, making it much easier to drop in a kayak. This section of the river gets a lot of motorboat traffic (Limit 6 mph) many of whom are fisherman.
Where can you drop your kayak into the water? Here is a list of marinas:
Cayuga Marina, 6721 River Road Route 90, Cayuga, NY 13034, (315) 252-5754
Seneca Falls Harbor, 60 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, (315) 568-2703
Waterloo Harbor & Campground, 1278 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 539-8848
Hidden Harbor Marina, 1076 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 539-8034
A & B Marinem, 634 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 781-1755
Inland Harbor Marina, 608 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 789-7255
Barrett Marine Inc., 485 W. River Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 789-6605
Montour Falls Marina, Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865, (607) 535-9397
Stiver’s Seneca Marine, 401 Boody’s Hill Road, Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 789-5520
Other places to launch a kayak along the Seneca River :
Cayuga Co. In the Town of Aurelius along Lock Rd. just off Rt. 90 in the Hamlet of Mud Lock. Concrete ramp. Parking for 10 vehicle. Restrooms.
Cayuga Co. At the bridge on Bonta Bridge Rd. 2 mi./3.2 km. east of the Village of Weedsport. Hand launching. Parking for 10 vehicles.
Cayuga Co. Mosquito Point. On Rt. 38, 3 mi./4.8 km. north of the Village of Port Byron just north of a large trestle bridge. Hard surface launching ramp. Non-motorized boats only. Parking for 15 vehicles and trailers.
Cayuga Co. Howland Island. Off Rt. 38 3.5 mi./5.6 km. north of the Village of Port Byron. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 23 vehicles.
Town of Tyre. At the Barge Canal in the Montzuma Wildlife Refuge, off Rt. 20. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 25 vehicles.
Wayne Co. Town of Savannah. Where Railroad Rd. meets the river. Car-top launch. Parking for 3 vehicles.
Wayne Co. Howland Island. At the end of Carncross Rd. Car-top launch. Parking for 5 vehicles.
Living in the Finger lakes region gives us the distinct advantage of having a variety of wonderful water routes. Besides the most beautiful fresh water lakes in the world, we are bordered by Lake Ontario along the north and we have an incredible natural watershed of rivers, creeks and streams. Allen’s Creek is one of these natural beauties, full of herons, kingfishers, turtles, ducks, even pileated woodpeckers (I saw them ALL) — which originates just south of where I started, and winds north to Irondequoit Bay. It has been a “water fixture” my back yard my whole life, over several moves.
Part 2 — 2011 Bike or Die: Maplewood Park to the Port Of Rochester
The Genesee Riverway Trail: an urban off-road trail along the Genesee River through the scenic, historic and cultural heart of Rochester, linking the (statewide) Erie Canal Heritage Trail, the Genesee Greenway Trail (Erie Canal to Pennsylvania), downtown Rochester and the Port of Rochester on Lake Ontario.
“Over 100 years ago, Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in New York City, designed a park system for Rochester. He suggested two parks both located on the Genesee river, South Park, now Genesee Valley Park, had broad meadows and North Park, now Seneca and Maplewood Parks, featured the nearly 200 foot deep gorge of the Genesee River. Rochester’s first park.”
The ride on the Riverway Trail from Maplewood Park to Charlotte is quite lovely. The trail winds behind homes through a wooded area until you rejoin the sidewalk along Maplewood Drive and Bridge View Drive. (You will ride by another beautiful pedestrian bridge, that will take you across the gorge, and through Seneca Park — another great ride.)
A short stretch on Lake Avenue is punctuated by some lovely architecture, as well as several cemeteries.
“Holy Sepulchre Cemetery – (another worthy detour) This cemetery was an early project of Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of Rochester. Installed as bishop on July 16, 1868 he decided that having five smaller cemeteries was impractical and planned for one large Catholic burial ground. In early 1871 he purchased 110 acres of land spanning Charlotte Boulevard (now Lake Avenue). One east side section was consecrated on September 10, 1871 and the first burial took place eight days later.”
Right after Riverside Cemetery look for a turn off the road that will take you through woods, down a long hill to the best part of your ride. Turning Point Park allows you to ride at river level with a lengthy boardwalk that spans a long section of marsh. You can see turtles, a pair of nesting swans and LOTS of fishermen, while riding over the river.
As you approach the Port of Rochester, you pass by several very colorful boat yards and get to observe the teeming water city that sets up when good weather arrives. We continued all the way up to the pier so we could stop for drinks and a snack at Pier 45.
If the world was GOING to end, and it was a lovely sunny day, you might want to find an outdoor cushion on the second floor of Pier 45. Order a Bloody Maria, some calamari, and set back to watch things unravel. From here you get a great “big sky” view of the boats coming in and out of the river.
Our journey on the Riverway Trail was over, but we were still about 10-12 miles from home. Fortunately, the city has built several great trails that helped us get most of the way back home. The Seaway Trail took us from Charlotte to Sea Breeze in less than 20 minutes. The stretch along Durand Eastman Park, and the Ontario Lake shore was the most scenic as much of the ride is on a sidewalk through suburban neighborhoods.
Before we go to al the way to the end of the trail at Sea Breeze, we headed south on Culver Road. It is marked as the “Seaway Trail” and much of the road had a wide shoulder which gave us a bit of space from the traffic. Crossing Titus Ave and Ridge Road still no picnic, but the remainder of our ride home was simple, so I thought
Somewhere before we crossed Empire Blvd, I was still having fun. but Charlie’s legs went dysFUNctional. When I told him later that he had ridden 30 miles, he told me that he had 25 mile legs. Maybe I’ll remember that — next time.
We put our boat in at Cayuga Lake State Park. Easy boat launch — pay no attention to that capsized catamaran. WOW! There is a lot of seaweed at the north end of the lake. Once we cleared the sea of seaweed, it was not to be smooth sailing. “Let’s cross the lake and find our friends on the east side.