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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 our top five kayak and canoe launches:

Canoe Launch

Darien Lakes State Park kayak

1. Harlow Lake at Darien Lake's State Park

The scenic 12-acre Harlow Lake is the perfect spot for a casual paddle.  Pubic access of non-motorized watercraft is permitted daily from 6am-10pm.

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. East Pembroke, NY County Boat Launch

Discover this hidden gem in East Pembroke where you will find easy pull-in space and can paddle east through forests and open fields. The launch is unmarked but less than 100 yards east of the fire hall on Route 5.

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.