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Boat Launch Sites for Erie County

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Erie County, DEC Region 9
Waterbody Town Location (some links leave DEC website) Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Buffalo River Buffalo 42.865426°N, 78.868032°W (Google Maps) hand launch 15 cars DEC
Buffalo River West Seneca 42.867215°N, 78.789845°W (Google Maps) hand launch 40 cars DEC
Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek Amherst Amherst Veterans Canal Park. 43.064558°N, 78.801663°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 20 cars and trailers, 20 cars Municipal
Lake Erie Buffalo Buffalo Harbor State Park. 42.850766°N, 78.863785°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 1000 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Fish cleaning station on site. OPRHP
Lake Erie Buffalo Erie Basin Marina. 42.879003°N, 78.886806°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 40 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Municipal
Lake Erie Evans Sturgeon Point Marina. 42.691055°N, 79.046094°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 100 cars and trailers and 167 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Buffalo Black Rock Canal County Park. 42.945122°N, 78.909052°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 10 cars and trailers, 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea No fee. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Big Six Mile Creek Marina. 43.021019°N, 79.010464°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 33 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Whitehaven Overlook. 43.017213°N, 79.020511°W (Google Maps) hand launch 40 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Grassy slope (75') to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Eagle Overlook. 43.052577°N, 78.997403°W (Google Maps) hand launch 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Gravel trail (150') to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper)
Grand Island Fix Road Overlook. 42.982833°N, 79.001489°W (Google Maps) 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. 42.959553°N, 78.956336°W (Google Maps) 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. 42.960280°N, 78.939058°W (Google Maps) hand launch 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Small grassy slope close to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Beaver Island State Park. 42.969021°N, 78.943922°W (Google Maps) hand launch 20 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Floating launch dock. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Grand Island Beaver Island State Park. 42.962057°N, 78.962929°W (Google Maps) hand launch 15 cars Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Small grassy slope to water. OPRHP
Niagara River (upper) Tonawanda Isle View County Park. 43.009570°N, 78.910203°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 55 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea
No fee. Municipal
Niagara River (upper) Tonawanda Niawanda Park. 43.016364°N, 78.891704°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 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. 42.965427°N, 78.924110°W (Google Maps) hard surface launch 43 cars and trailers Zebra Mussel, Spiny waterflea Municipal

*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.


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