Paddling is a fun way to get some exercise, hang out with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful weather, but in Buffalo, it's not the only reason for kayaking or SUPing. There are lots of great things to see and do on the Buffalo River. Some of them are:
Marine Elevator A - This is the Grain Elevator (Silo) that we operate out of. It was built in 1925 and was operated until the 1960's. It was one of the first Silo's whose design allowed the weight of the grain to be transferred to the side of the Silo instead of the foundation.
There are also lots of other Silo's to see there. Some of them include the Lake and Rail Silo, the Standard Silo and the Electric Elevator, which was the first Elevator in Buffalo to use electricity.
Fishing - The Buffalo River has good fishing too. You can find Largemouth Bass, BlueGill/Pumpkinseed, Bullhead, Suckers, and Steelhead Trout in the water here.
Canalside - You can paddle to Canalside, dock your Kayak and use a restroom, get a bite to eat or drink and stretch your legs.
USS Little Rock - The Little Rock is only guided missile cruiser on display in the U.S. and is the sole survivor of the Cleveland class of War Ships. It was launched August 27, 1944 and then commissioned June 17, 1945 at Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, PA.Converted in 1960 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, NJ. Decommissioned November 1976. It is also the only Guided Missile Cruiser on display in the US.
USS Croaker - Gato Class submarine launched December 19, 1943. Commissioned April 21, 1944 at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. Converted December 11, 1953. Decommissioned December 20, 1971. Built as part of the effort to assemble a major submarine force just prior to and after the U.S. entry into World War II, USS Croaker was sent to the Pacific to wage a war of attrition against Japan’s merchant marine and Navy. USS Croaker had 6 WWII pacific war patrols, was awarded 3 battle stars, and claimed 11 Japanese vessels including a cruiser, four tankers, two freighters, an ammunition ship, two escort craft, and a minesweeper.
Wildlife - We're located very close to Tifft Nature Preserve, so lots of animals can be seen from the Buffalo River. Some of them include Deer (Several Piebald and Albino deer have been seen), Osprey's, Cormorants, Mallard Ducks, Loons, Green Heron's and more!