Buffalo has a great waterfront area. That sweet smell is Cherrios cooking from the General Mills plant. It sits on that island to the rightside coming in. Name any other downtown city that has a greeting like that.
The round structure out there is the water pumphouse for the city. Watch as the Niagara River has lots of hidden rocks and boulders. Buffalo River is straight ahead where the Navy ships are. The Erie Basin Marina is out around to the left before you enter the river.
Those large concrete tube looking structures are grain silos that brought the west to the world. https://www.silo.city/ Stop here for a unique tour of Silo City. Wait till you see the lights projected on them at night.
Check Canalside for more downtown waterfront info.
I also recommend taking the Black Rock Canal along the USA shoreline, as this segment of the Niagara River is actually listed as some of the fastest current in the world. It is also full of hidden rocks. Most local boaters hug the Canadian shore to avoid hitting bottom. This is from the opening out in lake Erie to around the railroad bridge. Sadly lots of drownings here, please again be very careful.
Lets go Sabres!
Templeton Landing -
Inside of the Erie Basin Marina at the very back, sits this wonderful restaurant with large open decks and plenty of dock space.
Best party time to visit is when the Elite Poker Run folks are in town. This place rocks till the early morning hours.
Buffalo Riverworks -
Heading up the Buffalo river is a fantastic place to dock and eat. The place is huge, with it's own sports complex of sorts. In the summer they have roller derby events on the main floor and ice hockey in their arenas. Again great food and drinks here.
Easiest place to find. Just look for the extremely Labatt Tallboy's on your starboard.
359 Ganson Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Are you looking for english meat pies? I thought so. You can also get a true fish & chips here. Nice little spot just off the river. Also a sports bar around the backside here. I hope they get access to the water at some point. Maybe they do and I haven't updated it yet.
Pearl Street Grill -
If you take a short walk into downtown to eat, this is the place. Look for the beautiful flower planters along the building patios and you found the right place. Checkout the interior overhead fans that run on exposed belt system. Way cool.
Swanie House -
Need a true dive bar with real buffalo wings and cheap beer? Here it is. Easy short walk too. Near the Cotter Fireboat.
Buffalo Poker Run / Ray Nuchereno Memorial Poker Run -
Uh, you like loud fast boats and folks having fun? This group comes into town around the first weekend in August. Hosted by Elite Poker Runs, they base the run out of Templeton Landing. Some of the runs has so many participants they reserve all the transient spots at Templeton and Canalside, so docking can be an issue these weekends. But it is all for a great cause in they donate several thousand dollars to a local charity. Please stop in and support them in buying a T-shirt or two. Come have a drink with fellow boaters, you might make a new friend. Just watch out for a girl named ''shotzy''. She might end up putting her muddy toes in your ears....and be ready for a fireball or two or ten...and a guy named Capt Morgan...and a few P.A. boys.
Edward M. Cotter Fireboat -
While you pass along the Buffalo river, you will see the oldest ACTIVE fireboat on duty in the WORLD! The Cotter was built in 1900 as the William Gratten. Rebuilt in 1953 and renamed 'Firefighter'. Next year it again was renamed to the Cotter. This boat is registered as a National Historical Landmark in 1966.
Buffalo Naval Park -
USS Sullivans - 1943 destroyer CG-4
USS Croaker - 1944 submarine
USS Little Rock - 1956 crusier LCS-9
Yes in honor of the five Sullivan brothers that died together on the USS Juneau in 1942. In 1997 a new navy ship with the same Sullivan name, is now in service.
The USS Little Rock was also commissoned in 2018 with a new ship, right here in Buffalo NY, alongside the former..
All of these are here and available for tours. I was even lucky enough (with the help of three friends) to stay overnight on the USS Little Rock one muggy July 4th night. Something I will never forget.
Shuck Shack Restaurant -
301 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
*info on Dock and Dine https://www.facebook.com/dockanddines
Our location and how to contact us...
Mile 313.60'ish on the Erie Canal
Call or text: email for phone number
*best way to catch me...
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and less in some places.
The western Erie Canal does have speed limits.
The Canal Corp staff at the locks and the lift bridges, actually keep track of your times passing thru. They contact the staff at your next stop, to let them know traffic is coming and to expect your arrival time. Some staff even operate two separate lift bridges.
Also bank erosion.
Even though the banks of the canal is covered in large rocks, your wake is undermining it.
This is why we have these ''Guard Gates'' that you pass under every few miles. If the canals embankment has a blowout, these drop to prevent mass water exiting. It has happened.
Watch your wake.
*Please put contact info on your outdoor gear like kayaks; canoe; dingy; life jackets / preservers; throw rings; bumpers / fenders. Anything that can come off your boat.
The reason is, say if your kayak slipped off without you knowing and is found out by itself. Now local fire depts and the Coast Guard will be out looking for a potential water rescue victim(s).
These rescue teams can contact you without doing a massive search for a non-existing emergency.
We all want to find those in need of help, but wayward items just puts undue stress on resources.
If you are out on the Great Lakes or other waterways around them and looking to eat.
'Dock and Dine' lists eateries that you can easily access by boat. In most cases you can dock right there or it is a very short walk.
Check them out or send them a link to your favorite place for them to list.
Hey, do you live on the Erie Canal or close by and want to be a local host?
Hosts help people on the canal like the walkers; cyclists; kayakers; boaters and others. All these groups are so different, yet use the same space here on the canal. Local people that live on the canal, see all the people and some want to help.
Mixed in the listing on the webpages here will be a few Erie Canal Hosts. They might have a private dock; a place to pitch a tent or RV spot; a parking spot for your car or trailer for an extended stay; a local onsite person to help with issues or as a guide.
Does that sound like something you want to assist with? Send me a message and I will try to explain the details better.
Do you need your boats AC unit serviced?
Located in Tonawanda NY, western end of the Erie Canal. Call Tim (716) 831-0333
Fellow big boat owner and good guy.
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How about do you need a campsite on the western Erie Canal?
You are in luck...