Genesee Waterways Center

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We bring people to the water and believe rowing and kayaking shared with all Rochesterians will build a community that delights in our local waterways, and the lifelong enjoyment of paddling and rowing. Self sustaining as a 501(c)(3), we will be a partner to our socio-economically diverse community by promoting education, fitness, and goodwill.

In its 30 year history, Genesee Waterways Center has been the community champion for rowing, sculling and kayaking and has spawned additional rowing opportunities throughout the Greater Rochester area. GWC has supported rowing start ups by loaning equipment, coaching support, providing leadership and infrastructure support and partnering with the organizations in their growth initiatives.

In addition to the boathouse, GWC operates the only man-made whitewater park in the State of New York at Lock 32. This provides additional access to water activities and when necessary, allows us to move people to this more controlled environment where there is guaranteed flow via the New York State Canal Corporation.

GWC is proud to have remained the center of kayaking and rowing development in the city, while also fostering additional opportunities throughout the region. We provide storage and easy access for tenants and continue to build, adapt and improve our services and programs. We recognize that investing in our operations and the boathouse facility improves our ability to engage a wide range of city residents in the unique experiences on the Genesee River that we offer.


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Adrien Reidy, Executive Director


Genesee Waterways Center, 149, Elmwood Avenue, City of Rochester, Monroe County, New York, 14611, United States
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