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Five Great Kayak & Canoe Launch Sites

Whether for exercise, adventure, stress relief or connecting with nature, kayaking and canoeing are a favorite activity in Genesee County!  Check out some of our favorite kayak and canoe launches:

Canoe Launch

Darien Lakes State Park kayak

1. Harlow Lake at Darien Lake's State Park

Darien Lakes State Park's terrain is hilly with woodlands, ravines, streams and the 12-acre Harlow Lake. This RV and camper-friendly park offers any kayak enthusiast a serene setting to paddle the day away.   

2. Oak Orchard Creek at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Explore the primitive beauty of Oak Orchard Creek. Canoes, kayaks or fishing boats without motors may access Oak Orchard Creek between Knowlesville Road and Route 63. Be sure to watch for obstructions like beaver dams!

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge


3. John T. O'Brien Canoe Launch at Kiwanis Park
3808 West Main St, Batavia

Explore the easy drop-in channel flowing into 90 mile Tonawanda Creek. Close parking makes it a hassle-free spot to launch.


4. Dewitt Recreation Area in Batavia NY

Thanks to a partnership between Batavia Rotary Club and many other organizations, a new dock and kayak launch has been installed at Dewitt Park! The dock is open to the general public and allows you the opportunity to drift the day away observing the sights and sounds of the surrounding wildlife. 

Canoe Stock

Oatka Creek

5. Red Bridge Area, Le Roy

Traverse the mighty Oatka Creek by entering at the Red Bridge Launch on Munson street. With easy access onto upstream and downstream area from the bridge this location is ideal. Launches are on the east side of the creek, with the upstream launch adjacent to a parking area and creek overlook.