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Boat Launch Sites for Erie 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.

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

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
  • Beach 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 launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
  • Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.
Erie County, DEC Region 9
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Buffalo River Buffalo Off Ohio Street at junction with South Street in City of Buffalo. Hand launch 15 cars DEC
Buffalo River West Seneca Off Harlem Road approx. 0.3 miles south of junction with Clinton Street, near I-90 Exit 53. Hand launch 40 cars DEC
Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek Amherst Amherst Veterans Canal Park. Off Brenon Road approx. 0.3 mile from junction with Bear Ridge Road. Concrete ramp 20 cars and trailers, 20 cars Municipal
Lake Erie Buffalo Buffalo Harbor State Park. Off Fuhrmann Blvd., 0.5 miles north of junction with Tifft Street in City of Buffalo. Concrete ramps 1000 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Fish cleaning station on site. OPRHP
Lake Erie Buffalo Erie Basin Marina. Off Erie Street in City of Buffalo. Concrete ramp 40 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Operated by Smith Boys. Municipal
Lake Erie Evans Sturgeon Point Marina. At west end of Sturgeon Point Road, approx. 4 miles north of the Village of Angola. Concrete ramp 100 cars and trailers and 167 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Town of Evans. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Buffalo Black Rock Canal County Park. Off Niagara Street near foot of Ontario Street, City of Buffalo. Concrete ramp 10 cars and trailers, 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea No fee. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Big Six Mile Creek Marina State Park. Off Whitehaven Road just east of junction with W. River Pkwy. Concrete ramp 33 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Whitehaven Overlook. Off W. River Pkwy approx. 0.4 miles south of junction with Whitehaven Road. Hand launch 40 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Grassy slope (75') to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Eagle Overlook. Off W. River Pkwy approx. 1.3 miles north of junction with Bedell Road. Hand launch 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Gravel trail (150') to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper)
Grand Island Fix Road Overlook. Off W. River Pkwy at junction with Fix Road. Hand launch 30 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Grassy slope (200') to water, moderately steep. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Beaver Island State Park. Located in Area 1 near marina. Hand launch 50 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Floating launch dock adjacent to parking lot. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Beaver Island State Park. At southeast tip of park near River Lea Historic Farmhouse. Hand launch 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Small grassy slope close to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Beaver Island State Park. Located in northeast corner of park at south end of East River Road. Hand launch 20 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Floating launch dock. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Tonawanda Isle View County Park. Off Niagara Street (Route 266) in City of Tonawanda. Concrete ramp 55 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
No fee. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Tonawanda Niawanda Park. Off Niagara Street (Route 266) in City of Tonawanda. Concrete ramp 32 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Need launch permit issued by City of Tonawanda. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Tonawanda Town of Tonawanda Small Boat Harbor. At the foot of Sheridan Drive (Route 325). Concrete ramp 43 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Municipal

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


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