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Genesee River Wilds President Thomas Rhett with some of the new signage at a river access site in Allegany County. Credit: Genesee RiverWatch

Visitors to the river will notice something new this spring and summer, a series of mile markers and reflective signs to help guide kayakers

NOTE: This effort is related to a 2017-18 Great Lakes small grant funded through New York Sea Grant and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The project was led by the Genesee RiverWatch. More on that and other projects in the series at "NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant Announce $199,575 in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Projects."

By The Wellsville Daily Reporter
Wellsville, NY, April 8, 2021 - It’s nearly kayaking season, and the Genesee River is more accessible than ever before. 

Visitors to the river will notice something new this spring and summer — a series of mile markers and reflective signs to help guide kayakers on their Genesee River adventures. 

The signage was installed late in the 2020 kayaking season. Arrowed takeout signs now alert kayakers of approaching Genesee River Wilds access sites, with markers indicating how many miles remain until the next takeout. 

“This was a great project with Genesee RiverWatch to help make our river safer and more accessible,” said Genesee River Wilds President Thomas Rhett. “By adding mile markers and reflective signs that are visible from the water, people can now confidently see where and when they should be getting off the river.” 

The signage project was undertaken in tandem with the launch of a Genesee River Blueway Map, which is now available to kayakers and canoeists.

The downloadable Overview Map displays current river access locations from Pennsylvania through Allegany County, all the way to Lake Ontario. A web-based Interactive Map gives users detailed information about each access point, including photos of the sites. Be on the lookout for printed copies of the Overview Map at river access points this year. 

Genesee RiverWatch partnered with the Genesee Valley Conservancy and Genesee River Wilds to update the Genesee River Blueway Trail Map, originally developed by Genesee River Wilds and the Genesee Valley Conservancy. The work was funded by a $25,000 grant from New York Sea Grant along with support from the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.  

Genesee River Wilds is a volunteer-driven, Allegany County-based non-profit that has established access points along the Genesee River Blueway throughout the county. It is dedicated to the restoration of the Genesee River through a blend of recreation and conservation. To learn more, visit geneseeriverwilds.com.

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