Chemung Basin River Trail
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Chemung River, a major tributary of the Susquehanna River, and its three tributaries (the Tioga, Canisteo and Conhocton Rivers) run through the scenic woodland and hills of the southern tier of New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The Chemung Basin River Trail traverses about 80 miles of this beautiful Chemung Valley .A series of fourteen public launch sites provide easy access to the rivers. On-line maps, launch site information and scheduled events will help you plan your trip. Paddle part of the same route that early 19th century settlers used for transporting goods down stream all the way to Havre de Grace, Maryland!

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Be sure to read the on-line safety recommendations and check the on-line water gauge levels.

Location / Directions:

The Chemung Basin River Trail can be accessed at multiple points between Corning, NY and the New York/Pennsylvania border. Obtain a trail map before your trip.

To reach the area from outside the region, take Interstate 86 to the Corning/Elmira vicinity and use the trail map to access a particular launch site.

Mailing Address: Chemung Basin River Trail
Jennifer Fais, Co-Chair
Chemung Basin River Trail Partnership
Painted Post, NY 14870
Phone: (607) 962-5092

The Chemung Basin River Trail is best used by canoe or kayak. While on the river, you can fish, look for wildlife, or just enjoy the experience of floating downstream.

Be sure to consult the water trail map and guide and local conditions prior to any river trip! Follow all safety precautions.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Launch sites are open all day, spring through fall.
Fees: There are no fees for launch site use.
Visitor Facilities: There are 7 existing launch sites along the route, spaced 4 to 8 miles apart. An additional 4 sites are under development. Launch sites provide parking and access to the river. Some, but not all, accommodate trailers. Obtain a water trail map and guide for details. Information kiosks are located at all launch sites. Trash disposal is not available at most launch sites or along the river; plan to use services in local communities. Use the Carry In / Carry Out bags at the access sites where available. There is currently no camping along the river.
Length: 38 miles / 61 kilometers
Accessibility: No access sites are handicapped accessible at this time.

The following product(s) are available to enhance your experience at this Gateway. Click on the title below for a more detailed description.

Chemung Basin Water Trail MapChemung Basin Water Trail Map - Fold-out, two-sided 22" x 30" water trail map with descriptive information on the river.
Price: $2.00 
Safety Info: Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the National Park Service and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. [View a list of water safety tips]
River Classification: Rated a Class I but there may be some fast and narrow stretches that boaters will need to be aware of. Read more about the different levels of River Classifications.

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