By canoeing Gowanus, you are joining a crew of advocates who are promoting awareness of harbor contamination issues. Our most important issue is that our sewers overflow during rainstorms so if you are visiting, working or living in New York, PLEASE Do Not Shower When it Rains!
This is the Gowanus Dredgers original and most popular program. The program runs Saturday 1-5pm and Wednesdays 6-8pm from May 1 through November 1 (Wed. programs end in September due to early sunset). Please check our Calendar to confirm scheduled walk-up canoeing dates as special events may supercede the public event. The program is cancelled if there's rain 30 min. prior to start time.
Participants utilize club canoes for a short paddle inside the protected Canal and Gowanus Bay if they have adequate skills and time allows. We may ask you to limit your trip to 20 min. if others are waiting to participate. After being fitted with a life jacket (which must be worn at all times) at the dock, we give instruction on how to paddle, safety tips on how to use a canoe and we help with boarding and supervise your departure. We ask for a donation contribution apon your return as funding to sustain our programs.
Visitors to New York, residents, businesses, school groups and a diverse population enjoy self-guided tours of our estuary using Gowanus Dredgers equipment to learn about the wildlife and vegetation of the New York & New Jersey Estuary. These are self-guided canoe trips, navigated by following The SuperfFUNd Tourisim Map of the Gowanus Canal.
Participants explore the estuary at their own pace and enjoy discovering the canal's unique mix of wildlife and urban waterway infrastructure. Before or after, or on your voyage, we may ask that you join us in our canal cleanup efforts, removing trash that has washed ashore or is floating in the waterway. We will supply gloves and trash bags.