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2015 River Friends public eco-recreation and cleanup events
June 6 FREE Beginner Paddle Lessons: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free beginner paddle lessons at River Fest at the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira. River Fest runs from noon to 6 p.m. Come visit the River Friends table and join in the fun.
August 15 FREE Family Fun Fishing Derby: 9 a.m. to noon, Bring the kids to Brick Pond Park in Elmira to try for the $100 First Prize! Open to all kids under 16 years old. Register at Nickle Creek Bait and Tackle, 133 East Hudson Street in Elmira or on the day of the event. Limit 200 children. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed.
2015 Nature Strollers
River Friends walks: These free, short and
easy walks (less than a half-mile) are designed for
parents/grandparents and children/grandchildren to enjoy an easy walk
or stroller ride along trails and waterways in nature and learn about
our environment and local history. Sponsored by the Chemung Valley
Audubon Society and the Horseheads Family Resource Center. The walks
are led by River Friends staff and volunteers and include an
educational theme, guest speakers and snacks and a rest on blankets
at the half-way point.
June 11: 10
a.m. to11 a.m., Lackawanna
Rail Trail. Meet in the Elmira City-owned parking lot across from
Kennedy Valve on East Water Street in Elmira. Educational topic:
History of Lackawanna RR, Phoebe Snow and the plans for repairing and
opening the RR bridge over Newtown Creek and remaining 5 miles of the
trail to Lowman.
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., West Elmira primitive dirt trails along the Chemung
River. Meet in the public parking lot at the rear of the West Elmira
Town Hall on W. Water Street. Educational theme: Local river history
and Native American history.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., White Wagon Boat Launch, town of Chemung. Short
walk and talk about the around the boat launch (pavilion, benches,
bathroom) and a walk on the nearby riverside nature trail. Snacks
include hotdogs cooked on grill. Directions: take Wilawana Exit off
of Interstate 86, turn left at end of highway off ramp and follow the
road over the highway bridge and to the boat launch located behind
the CVS distribution center. Educational theme: Local history of
canals and future of White Wagon nature/education trail.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Lackawanna Rail Trail spur trail from Eldridge
Park. Meet in the parking lot at end of trail. Short walk on a paved
trail through marshland and meadows. Bring plenty of bug repellant.
Educational theme: Local history of the marsh and Eldridge Park.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Draxler Park, Pine City. (details to follow)
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Seeley Creek, behind Southtown Plaza (Tops Market)
off of Cedar Street. Short walk to the creek side and/or along the
grassy creek levee. Educational theme: Where does the water in the
creek come from and where will it go (learn about the water cycle and
Guided public paddles:
All boats, equipment, transportation and
guides provided. All paddlers must wear buckled up life vests during
the entire paddle. Each paddle includes an educational theme and
stops along the way to talk and learn about river history, ecosystem
and lore. Water provided. Bring your own water bottles and snacks.
Limited to the first 20 paddlers to register and pay the $25
fee-per-paddler. To register, contact Southern Tier Kayak Tours,
607-220-3642 or email@example.com.
June 14: 10
a.m. to 2 p.m., eight mile trip on the Chemung River from Grove
Street Boat Launch in Elmira to the Toll Bridge Boat Launch at the
Lowman Crossover in Wellsburg.
June 19: 6
p.m. to 8 p.m., three mile paddle Fitch’s Bridge Boat Launch in Big
Flats to the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira.
Aug. 8: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., seven mile paddle from Bottcher’s Landing Boat Launch to
Fitch’s Bridge Boat Launch, both in Big Flats.
...more>>Visit our new on-line driving guide! ...launches, historic markers and places to visit
Sept. 13: 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. seven mile paddle from Bottcher’s Landing Boat
Launch to Fitch’s Bridge Boat Launch, both in Big Flats.
access a map that will give you information about river boat launches, historic markers and places and other sites to visit along the river in your vehicle. ...more>>Where to rent a canoe or kayakSouthern Tier Kayak Tours,
Ithaca, N.Y. (607) 220-3642, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.stktours.com – specializes in guided tours and paddling instructions
On the River Canoe and Kayak Rentals,
Big Flats, N.Y., (607) 215-6692 or email@example.com - rents canoes and kayaks and leads river paddle tours
Endless Mountain Outfitters,
Sugar Run, PA., (570) 746-9140, www.emo444.com, rents and sells canoes and kayaks and leads river paddle tours,
Wilson Rental Center,
Corning, N.Y., (607) 962-8611, - rents canoes
Summit to Stream Adventures,
Watkins Glen, N.Y. (607) 535-2701 – rents canoes and kayaks and leads river paddle tours
Erin, N.Y., (607) 481-3925 or firstname.lastname@example.org, rents kayaks Donate on-line to Chemung River Friends with PayPal