The Niagara River Greenway, along with the Town of Grand Island and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, presents Paddles Up Niagara, taking place at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, July 30. The annual event will feature a family-fun paddle; multiple nature-focused organizations, such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and Western New York Land Conservancy; an eco-hike led by the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society; and a free learn-to-kayak session (limited availability).
"This year, we have invited many of our environmental partners to exhibit interpretive displays, providing a more educational experience for paddlers,” Niagara River Greenway Executive Director Greg Stevens said. “It will be a great opportunity to learn more about water safety and how everyone can contribute to keeping our water clean and our greenways biodiverse. Please take time to visit each exhibitor table and learn something new. We look forward to seeing everyone enjoying the mighty Niagara once again!”
The schedule includes:
√ Three early-morning eco-paddle tours, starting at 7, 7:30 and 8 a.m.
√ One eco-hike tour beginning at 8 a.m.
√ One learn-to-kayak session commencing at 8 a.m.
√ The large family-fun paddle starts at 10 a.m.
√ Environmental exhibitors will have displays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. For a full list of participating organizations, visit www.niagararivergreenway.com.
√ Free entrance to the Grand Island Historical Museum at River Lea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
√ A free commemorative T-shirt to the first 200 people to register.
√ One free beer and hot dog at the V’Randa patio restaurant overlooking the Niagara River.
√ Onsite kayak rental from Blue Water Marina.
√ Refreshment offerings from Grand Island’s youth-owned and -operated Casey’s Cabana.
Those arriving after 9 a.m. can park for $7 in the state park lot. To learn more or to register for the event, visit https://www.niagararivergreenway.com/paddles-up.