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Guide to Kayaking in WNY: Rent, Launch, Tour

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Photo courtesy of Elevator Alley Kayak

Updated July 2018

Perhaps biking around The Queen City isn’t for you. Perhaps walking makes your feet hurt and your complaints about walking around all day are answered with a long, irritated eye roll from your significant other who’s having an equally unpleasant time.

Maybe rollerblading through Delaware Park isn’t your cup of tea, either. Boats can get a little pricey, and you’re trying to save some money. You could get a hover board, but there’s no guarantee that a guy named Biff won’t try to beat you up for it. It seems like there’s no other options. But wait! There’s one more.

Kayaking.

In Buffalo, it’s the new norm. You can rent a kayak, take kayak tours, or if you have your own, you can launch it from various places in Western New York. But where exactly can you go? Say no more, we got you covered.

Did we miss a rental/tour business or launch? Email us at info@stepoutbuffalo.com!

 

Kayak Rental and Tour Businesses:

Elevator Alley Kayak

65 Vandalia St, Buffalo / (716) 997-7925

Located in the Old First Ward in The Barrel Factory, Elevator Alley provides rentals, tours, and lessons for kayakers.

Rentals are $25 for two hours in a single kayak and $45 for two hours in a tandem kayak. Guided tours that take kayakers to see wildlife and historic boats, ships and silos are available for $40 (Students $35, Explore Buffalo Pass Holders $35).

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BFLO Harbor Kayak

1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo – Canalside / (716) 288-5309

Although it may be nearly impossible to get bored with all Canalside has to offer, you might get sick of being a land lover and feel a sudden urge to get your sea legs into a kayak. We feel you. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., BFLO Harbor Kayak provides rentals and guided tours for visitors to Canalside.

Rentals range from hourly (single kayak – $20, tandem – $30) to a half day on Monday through Wednesday (single – $50, tandem – $75). Three types of guided tours (Silo City Paddle Tour, Silo City Sunrise Tour and Sunset River Tour) are available, all of which cost $30.

BFLO Harbor Kayak also offers standup paddleboard rentals hourly for $20 and for half days Monday through Wednesday for $50.

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Longboards Paddle Co.

Locations:

Hamburg Town Beach – 4420 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075

Woodlawn Beach and State Park – S-3580 Lakeshore Road Blasdell, NY 14219

Wilkeson Point on the Outer Harbor – 225 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY  14203

Buffalo Harbor State Park – 111 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203

This company is posted up at four (yes, four!) different locations from Hamburg to the Outer Harbor including Hamburg Town Beach, Woodlawn Beach, the Outer Harbor and Riverworks! Plus they have tons of rental options like single and tandem Kayak rentals, Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals, Hydro-bikes – single and tandem, and Turbo Paddle Boats for kids.

Single Kayaks- $20/hr. $35/3hrs. $55/all day

Tandem Kayaks- $25/hr. $45/3hrs. $65/all day

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) – $20/hr. $38/3hrs. $60/all day

Hydro-bikes Single $18/hr.  / Tandem $36/hr.

Turbo Paddle Boats for the kids $6/20minutes  $12/hr

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Silo City Paddling Co.

105 Silo City Row, Buffalo / (716) 997-2884

This new, small, Buffalo born company offers Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard rentals right on the Silo City property. These guys started in 2016 and provide renters with the kayak/SUP, a PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and appropriate paddle, not to mention pro tips on where to go and what to see while on your rental of choice. Needless to say, these guys are a great nearby alternative if other rentals are all booked up.

Single Kayak Rental – $20 1st Hour, $5 each additional 1/2 Hour or $55 all day

Stand up Paddleboard Rental – $20 1st Hour, $5 each additional 1/2 Hour, $55 all day

Tandem Kayak Rental – $25 1st hour, $5 each additional 1/2 Hour or $65 all day

Kids Kayak Rental – $15 1st Hour, $5 each additional 1/2 Hour or $45 all day

Rentals are available Thursday-Sunday: 9AM – 6PM.

Rentals outside of tours cannot be reserved.  It is on a first come, first served basis. 

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Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

721 Main St, Buffalo / (716) 852-7483

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization that offers paddle tours on the Black Rock Canal, Buffalo River and Cayuga and Scajaquada Creeks. They have their own fleet of kayaks available for free to rent, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

To register for a tour, go to their website listed above. Kayakers must be 12 years or older, and if they are 16 or younger, they must register for a tandem kayak. Some events may have a cost to register, but the kayak rental is free.

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Buffalo River Canoe and Kayak Outfitters

880 Harlem Road, West Seneca / 716-771-2995

Take a two to three-hour, 6.5-mile trip down the Buffalo River from West Seneca to Buffalo or vice versa with Buffalo River Canoe and Kayak Outfitters. This Buffalo River Urban Trail Tour is $60 for a one-person kayak and $80 for a two-person canoe. You should know that you will need to provide your own transportation back to your starting point.

Buffalo River Canoe and Kayak Outfitters also offers hourly rentals for canoes ($40 first hour, $15 per additional hour) and kayaks ($25 first hour, $10 per additional hour). They offer daily and weekly rates which can be found at their website listed above.

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Paths, Peaks and Paddles Inc.

1000 Ellicott Creek Rd # 1, Tonawanda / (716) 213-0350

Paths, Peaks and Paddles offers preselected tours for kayakers and they can help you plan your own custom trip. They also provide rentals for kayaks and canoes, ranging from hourly to a full week. They also offer a wide variety of extra rental equipment, seminars, training and repair services.

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Blue Water Marina

330 E River Rd, Grand Island / (716) 773-7884

Paddling with Blue Water Marina can give you a scenic tour of the Niagara River. Their 4.5-mile, 2.5-hour guided tours take guests past the childhood home of U.S. President Grover Cleveland and Motor Island, as well as a brief stop at Strawberry Island. There’s a chance you might see egrets and herons along the way as well.

Blue Water Marina also offers various boat services, parts and a launch ramp.

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Launch Points

There are plenty of places to launch your kayak from in Western New York, which can be conveniently found at paddling.net/launches.

We encourage paddlers to follow directions on any signs posted at these launch points and to use your best judgment when it comes to safety. Launch points in Buffalo include:

  • Canalside
  • La Salle Park
  • In front of Riverworks Restaurant
  • River Fest Park
  • Wilkeson Pointe
  • Erie Basin Marina
  • Gallagher Beach
  • Buffalo Urban Canoe Trail
  • The foot of Hamburg St.
  • Bird Island Pier
  • Niagara River – Aqua lane Park

Others outside the city include, but are not limited to (no seriously, there’s more here!):

  • Pierce Abe Launch at Buffalo Creek near Cheektowaga
  • Smokes Creek in Orchard Park
  • American Legion Put In in East Aurora
  • Amherst State Park
  • Niawanda Park Boat Launch in Tonawanda
  • Tonawanda Harbor

WeKanu also offers skill classes for canoe, kayak, safety and rescue, as well as American Canoe Association instructor certification workshops. Their website provides a list of places to paddle around the area also.

 

Did we miss a rental/tour business or launch? Email us at info@stepoutbuffalo.com!

 

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