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Boat Launch Sites for Niagara County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to fwboat@dec.ny.gov.

For an explanation of the recreational icons on this page, see below.

Niagara County, DEC Region 9
Waterbody Town Location (some links leave DEC website) Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Erie Canal Royalton Gasport Marina. 43.201359°N, 78.558291°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Canal Corp.
Erie Canal Lockport Nelson C. Goehle Public Marina. 43.184690°N, 78.668333°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 15 cars and trailers, 40 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Municipal
Erie Canal Lockport Lockport Upper Terminal Launch. 43.165254°N, 78.700738°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers, 20 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Steep ramp Canal Corp.
Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek Pendleton West Canal Marina. 43.052211°N, 78.821185°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 60 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Municipal
Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek North Tonawanda North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens. 43.038304°N, 78.827359°W (Google Maps) hard surface launchhand launch 25 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Need trailer permit issued by City of N. Tonawanda Rec. Dept. Municipal
Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek North Tonawanda Service Drive Boat Dock. 43.021789°N, 78.854755°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 4 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Need trailer permit issued by City of N. Tonawanda Rec. Dept. Suitable for small trailered boats. Municipal
Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek North Tonawanda Niagara Street Kayak Launch. 43.023515°N, 78.863286°W (Google Maps) hand launch 10 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Fishing dock on site Municipal
Lake Ontario/ Eighteenmile Creek Newfane Newfane Marina. 43.336245°N, 78.717015°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 60 cars and trailers, 40 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea
Fish cleaning station on site Municipal
Lake Ontario Somerset Golden Hill State Park. 43.370779°N, 78.474601°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 40 cars and trailers, 15 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea OPRHP
Lake Ontario Wilson Wilson-Tuscarora State Park. 43.313656°N, 78.844083°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 50 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea Fish cleaning station on site OPRHP
Lake Ontario Wilson Wilson-Tuscarora State Park. 43.312629°N, 78.849329°W (Google Maps) hand launch Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea
OPRHP
Lake Ontario/ Twelvemile Creek Wilson Wilson-Tuscarora State Park. 43.308517°N, 78.855167°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea OPRHP
Lake Ontario/ Twelvemile Creek Wilson 43.309579°N, 78.855495°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea, Fishhook Waterflea
Launching not always possible due to shoaling (low water levels). Municipal
Niagara River (lower)/Lake Ontario Porter Fort Niagara State Park. 43.261105°N, 79.059164°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 44 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea

accessible(including fishing dock)

Fishing cleaning station on site.

OPRHP
Niagara River (lower) Porter 43.248752°N, 79.050856°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 30 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea Parking for cars with trailers on Hinman Street. Municipal
Niagara River (lower) Lewiston Lewiston Landing Park. 43.174104°N, 79.049519°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 30 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea
Fish cleaning station at junction of N. Water St. and Center St. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) North Tonawanda Gratwick-Riverside Park. 43.054331°N, 78.899038°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 24 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea Need trailer permit issued by City of N. Tonawanda Rec. Dept. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Niagara Falls Griffon Park. 43.076070°N, 78.953205°W (Google Maps) hard surface launchhand launch 45 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny Waterflea
Municipal
Tonawanda Creek Royalton 43.074722°N, 78.592328°W (Google Maps) hand launch 8 cars DEC

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.

Boat Launch Types

Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat:

hard surface launchHard surface launch - Site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.

unimproved trailer launchUnimproved trailer launch - No float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.

hand launchHand launch - No trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.

Other Icons

accessibleAccessible Features - Locations are identified above. Sites are accessible to the top of the boat ramp, if provided at a site. Parking, as well as other amenities such as bathrooms and informational kiosks, are also accessible. Some sites on larger waters also have accessible boarding docks. Contact your local DEC office for additional details. See a full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.


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