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Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side

Grand Island, United States

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Experience the beauty of the Niagara River on this guided, 3-hour kayaking tour, departing from Grand Island on the American side. Paddle along the river that forms part of the border between the U.S. and Canada while taking in the scenery of the Upper Niagara River islands, including the River Lea Farmhouse, a famous Victorian farmhouse where President Grover Cleveland once worked. Along the journey, wildlife abounds, from eagles to beavers and mink. A single or double kayak, light snack, and bottled water are included.
  • 3-hour guided kayak tour along the Niagara River
  • Learn the history and ecology of the area from a guide
  • Explore over five miles of the marshes and islands of the upper Niagara River
  • Choice of individual or tandem kayaks
  • Bottled water and a snack included
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3-hour kayaking tour on Niagara River
Professional and knowledgeable guide
All necessary equipment (your choice of single or double kayak)
Light snack and bottled water
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

340 E River Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072, USA

340 East River Road Grand Island, NY 14072 (20 min from Niagara Falls, NY)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The Niagara River runs north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, forming part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada and the State of New York in the U.S. Beginning from Grand Island, N.Y., climb aboard a single or double kayak and paddle along a relatively easy route that includes the scenic sights and abundant wildlife of the Upper Niagara River islands.

Pass the River Lea Farmhouse, a Victorian farmhouse located in the Beaver Island State Park where President Grover Cleveland worked at his first job for his uncle.

Look for a variety of waterbirds on Motor Island, including egrets, great blue herons and Caspian terns, among others. Then there’s Strawberry Island — with its deep lagoon, it’s one of the most significant aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes region.

Enjoy being out on the water and learn a thing or two about the history of the area. Tour includes a light snack, water, and all the necessary equipment.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 8 years; children must accompany a parent on a 2-person kayak
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Grand Island, NY is approximately 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, NY
  • Recommended clothing: loose light clothing, bathing suit (not-required), hat, sunglasses, SPF sunscreen
  • Don't forget your camera!
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • **Minimum of two travelers per tour**
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blue Water Marina

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side.
What is the maximum group size during Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Tour on Niagara River from the US Side.

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Experience nature
, Sep 2021
This is good experience tour. The tour guide was also very kind and nice. I was able to meet many natural animals
Not to be missed!!
, Aug 2021
Desk was an awesome, knowledgeable guide! Everyone I dealt with at Blue Water Marina was so friendly and helpful! I even changed our original date and Dan helped with that. It was a breeze. Highly recommended this tour!!!
Fun family adventure with kids aged 10 & 12
, Aug 2021
I’ve had such great experiences with Viator tours and this one is up there with my Sunset boat ride in Positano, Italy. We were a family of 4, kids age 10 and 12. We picked flowers off huge Lilly pads, watched a Great Blue Heron fly away majestically over tall grass marsh land, cornered a small island called Motor Island that had birds sitting atop tall trees. Parts of the tour were reminiscent of the scene in Little Mermaid “ Kiss The Girl” and two rides at Disneyland, Jungle and Pirates of The Caribbean. The history and conservation efforts to preserve the shore and Marshland were awesome and so appreciated. Come an hour early to have a quick bite at Casey’s down the street. 2 minute walk. Italian hot dog was delicious. Old school Pepsi vending machine made the perfect decoration for the spot. All staff at Blue Marina were friendly and helpful especially our tour guide Desi. He is knowledgeable about the area and gave helpful tips throughout. Although the tour was 3 hours we lasted 2 hours 40 minutes. I’m not an efficient kayaker so my shoulder and neck were getting sore. One of my kids had to go to the restroom. If it weren’t for those two setbacks we could have lasted another hour. Overall it was a great family experience. Highly recommend tour if you enjoy mild adventure, nature, wildlife, upper arm and core workouts, and local history.
, Jul 2021
Holy cow! This kayak tour was a blast! We learned SO much from our guide Desi about flora and fauna and the conservation efforts! Our mom went - she’s 76 with bad knees. This is a tour for anyone who wants to get up close and personal with what the area has to offer!
Were rained out
, Jul 2021
Sadly we were rained out, but they issued a full refund immediately. The communication was quick and friendly every time we spoke.
A Great Adventure
, Jun 2021
We traveled through the man made marsh areas and across the Niagara River. We stopped in a number of areas. Our guide, Desi, was knowledgeable about the wildlife and the facts and history of the area. You can get a real feel for the area on this trip.
Nice but unreasonsably expensive
, Jun 2021
The experience itself was nice but be aware that this price is very expensive and you could purchase it at a much lower price. Furthermore, we still paid for 3 despite us using only 2 boats (one of them is tandem) which is very unreasonable.
MKs Birthday boating
, Aug 2020
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area. We had a beautiful day on the river. Without the guide we would have gotten lost.
Kayaking with history of marsh restoration
, Sep 2018
Had a wonderful, guided tour of the marshlands, islands, and local history. The area is beautiful and easy to paddle. All the reviews were true - Paul was a great tour guide as he loves kayaking and was involved in the restoration of the marshlands and shared his passion for what was done and why. The light snack could easily have been munching on the tubers and plant life given his extensive knowledge! Loved that they operate during the week. Will definitely be back with more family for another trip.
Amazing kayaking on the Niagara river
, Sep 2018
The kayaking trip was really great. Our guide, Paul, was very friendly and knowledgeable. He knows every flower, insect, and bird on the river, and loves explaining everything to the kids. It's great to see someone who really loves his job and stayed longer than scheduled to make sure we didn't miss anything. The scenery is beautiful, and they have both single and tandem kayaks. This trip is highly recommended for anyone who loves kayaking and nature.

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