People in canoes on the Gowanus Canal
Credit: Jahsie Ault

Sat, October 22nd, 2022

1:00pm — 6:00pm

Sun, October 23rd, 2022

1:00pm — 6:00pm

Enjoy exploratory canoe voyages along the Gowanus Canal, in partnership with OHNY, to view post-industrial buildings and abandoned shorelines, now colonized by wildlife and new developments. Please note, this activity is NOT at the 2nd Street Boathouse.

At the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club's 19th Street Bunker Launch, off of 3rd Avenue, learn of the industrious past, present, and future of a revitalized waterfront neighborhood adjacent to the Canal's shores. Dredgers member Owen Foote, an architect and urban planner who has been advocating for Gowanus restoration and revitalization for over 25 years, will lead a discussion of appropriate vs. unfortunate waterfront planning including what to embrace and what to avoid.

First-come, first-served, self-guided canoe voyages (30 min.) will be offered on an ongoing basis throughout both Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, depending on weather. The last boat departs at 5:30pm on both days.

Please note: The EPA is conducting a cleanup of the waterway, so voyages may be cancelled without notice. The visit is still worth the trip, however, and exploring the developing neighborhood is a fun activity. Weather may also cancel voyages.

In the event of bad weather, canoe voyages may be canceled or suspended, but the 19th Street bunker will be open with landside discussion inside.

Participants should wear sunscreen, bring a bottle filled with water, and use a restroom before arrival. Participants should be prepared to climb over a rocky shoreline while attempting to enter and exit canoes.

Our on-water access is not wheelchair accessible during low tides.