Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, Inc.


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2013 river-related events

River fun and events for 2013
There is plenty of opportunities to join in the outdoor recreation on the river and along the river trails this year. Here is a list of 2013 eco-recreation events, programs and river-related fun in the Twin Tiers, as compiled by River Friends.We will update the list as new events are scheduled. Enjoy our waterways, be safe and have fun. Note: The June 29 and Aug. 22 paddle trips are full and can not accept any more paddlers.

March 20, 6:30 to 9 p.m.: River Friends trail stewards and ambassadors organizational meeting, Steele Memorial Library, 101 E. Church St., Elmira, N.Y. Public meeting for people interested in volunteering to help maintain and promote recreation trails. Contact River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org

May 14 – 19: West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn, Mahaffey Pa. to Keating, Pa. Paddle for a day or paddle the entire 97-mile trip. Meet lot of like-minded folks, camp and learn about the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Contact www.susquehannagreenway.org.

May 17, 10 to- 11 a.m.: Nature’s Strollers hike on Elmira’s Lackawanna Trail. Meet in the Elmira city park and ride lot off of East Water Street, across from Kennedy Valve. The less-than-one-mile hike is on a paved recreation trail along Newtown Creek and the city’s urban areas. It’s an easy walk for parents/grandparents and toddlers in strollers. Free and sponsored by River Friends and the Horseheads Family Resource Center. Contact Joan at the Horseheads Family Resource Center, (607) 483-1067 or River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org

May 31, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Elected officials paddle. Join our elected state, county and local municipal leaders in a paddle on the Chemung River from Toll Bridge Park in the town of Ashland to the White Wagon Boat Launch in the town of Chemung. Kayaks, equipment and transportation provided by River Friends and Southern Tier Kayak Tours. Space limited and by reservation only. Contact River Friends, riverfriends@stny.rr.com. (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org

June 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Community volunteer river cleanup. Meet at Grove Street Boat Launch, Elmira, and ride a bus to boat launches to help clean trash from in and around the river. River Friends provides equipment, supervision, food and water. Contact River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org

June 8, noon to 6 p.m.: Elmira River Fest, Grove Street Boat Launch, Elmira. Free beginners paddle lessons by River Friends and the AHWAGA Canoe & Kayak Club from noon to 3 p.m. Experienced canoeists will offer free canoe rides to the public as well as basic paddling lessons in the Chemung River near the boat launch. See a paddler demonstrate "Eskimo Roll" kayak maneuvers from 1-1:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Near Westside Neighborhood Association, includes live music, food, a beer tent and other activities. Contact the Near Westside Neighborhood Association, (607) 733-4924. Note: There will be no guided public paddle from Bottcher’s Landing to Grove Street Boat Launch, as in past years.

June 8 -15: Susquehanna Sojourn. Week-long guided paddle 93 miles on the Susquehanna River from Great Bend, Pa., to Wyalusing, Pa. Includes camping, food, transportation and entertainment. You may paddle in as many days of the sojourn as you wish. Shuttles available each day. Organized by the Headwaters River Trail Partnerships. Contact Erin Heard, Upper Susquehanna Coalition, (607) 346-2727 or hrtp@headwatersrivertrail.org. or www.headwatersrivertrail.org

June 21, 10 to 11 a.m.: Nature’s Strollers hike on river trails in West Elmira. Meet in parking lot behind the West Elmira Town Hall at 1255 W. Water St. Enjoy an easy less-than-one-mile hike on a hard-packed dirt nature trail through woods and meadows along the Chemung River. A great hike for parents and toddlers in strollers. Free and sponsored by River Friends and the Horseheads Family Resource Center. Contact Joan at the Horseheads Family Resource Center, (607) 483-1067, or River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org

June 29, 1 to 3 p.m.: Guided River Rangers kayak paddle from Bottcher’s Landing Boat Launch in Big Flats to Fitch’s Bridge Boat Launch in Big Flats. Sponsored by River Friends. Includes kayak, life vest, paddles and transportation between boat launches. Free and open to first 20 people who sign up. Contact River Friends to participate, riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org.

Aug. 2, 10 to 11 a.m.: Nature’s Strollers hike along the Chemung River levee on Elmira’s Southside. Meet in parking area at Dunn Field. Enjoy some stone-turning fun in the river shallows and a less-than-one-mile along walk along the grassy levee with a visit to the water’s edge. A great hike for parents/grandparents and toddlers in strollers. Free and sponsored by River Friends and the Horseheads Family Resource Center. Contact Joan at the Horseheads Family Resource Center, (607) 483-1067 or River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org.

Aug. 3, 1 to 4 p.m.: Guided River Rangers free family paddle from Kinsella Park Boat Launch in Painted Post to the Cohocton Street Boat Launch in Corning. Corning YMCA summer camp students and parents will paddle. Free and sponsored by River Friends.Contact River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org.

Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Community volunteer river cleanup. Meet at Grove Street Boat Launch, Elmira, and ride a bus to boat launches to help clean trash from in and around the river. River Friends provides equipment, supervision, food and water. Contact River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org.

Aug. 17,9 a.m. to noon: River Friends Youth Fishing Derby at Eldridge Lake in Elmira. $5 registration,open to kids 16 and younger. Cash prizes for largest fish and gifts give-a-way. Pre-register at Nickle Creek Bait & Tackle Shop, 133 E. Hudson St., Elmira, 607-734-9233.

Aug. 22, 6 to 9 p.m.: Guided River Rangers evening river trip -- an easy 3-mile public kayak paddle on the Chemung River from Fitch's Bridge Boat Launch in Big Flats to the Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira. Kayaks, equipment and transportation provided by River Friends and Southern Tier Kayak Tours. Free and sponsored by River Friends. Includes kayak, life vest, paddles and transportation between boat launches. Open to first 20 people who sign up. Contact River Friends (607) 846-2242 or riverfriends@stny.rr.com.

Oct. 4, 10 to 11 a.m.: Nature’s Strollers hike on the Lackawanna Trail in Elmira. Meet at the trail head parking lot (next to Wegmans on Clemens Center Parkway). Enjoy a flat and less-than-one-mile along walk along a paved recreation trail. Features unique railroad overpass views of Elmira’s urban and industrial areas. A great hike for parents/grandparents and toddlers in strollers. Free and sponsored by River Friends and the Horseheads Family Resource Center. Contact Joan at the Horseheads Family Resource Center, (607) 483-1067, or River Friends at riverfriends@stny.rr.com, (607) 846-2242 or www.chemungriverfriends.org

Nov. 19.... River Friends Annual Meeting and Fundraiser at the Golden Glow Volunteer Fire Company, 214 Hendy Creek Road in Pine City. Open to the public - tickets are $15/member and $20/not-yet member. Learn about River Friends 2013 projects, programs and successes and our 2014 plans. The event includes "The Many Faces of the River: Photographs by River Friends Members", volunteer awards, a silent auction, raffles, beer tasting by Birdland Brewery, food and beverages. Please join us! Click HERE to register!



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Where to rent a canoe or kayak
Southern Tier Kayak Tours, Ithaca, N.Y. (607) 220-3642, mail@stktours.com 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 ontheriver2009@yahoo.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

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Friends of the Chemung River Watershed • 111 N. Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901 • (607) 846-2242 • riverfriends@stny.rr.com