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Bissell's Dock
Date & Time: July 14, 2024 2:00pm
Location: Wanakena Historical Association – Wanakena, NY

Due to heavy rains, this event will be rescheduled in the fall. Please check back for more information.

$10 per person

Pre-Registration required: call (315) 386-8133 or email

Join Wanakena Historical Association (WHA) president Allen Ditch, and SLCCHC director Carlene Bermann for a fun and leisurely paddle past some of Wanakena’s most important historic sites, best viewed from the water. The tour will start on foot at the Wanakena Historical Association for an introduction to Wanakena and its historical significance, particularly to tourism and manufacturing. It is a short walk from the history center to the town beach, where boats will then be launched into the Oswegatchie River. No previous kayaking or canoeing experience needed. Participants will be required to sign a safety waiver.

Highlights Include:

  • NYS Ranger School (founded 1912)
  • Rich Lumber Company
  • Wanakena’s Old Railroad Depot

Additional Info:

  • Participants must bring their own kayak/canoe and equipment. A few boats may be available on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Paddling tour is approximately 45 min.
  • Parking, restrooms, and snacks are available close to the boat launch site.
  • After the tour, participants can head back to Wanakena town beach or continue paddling past the Ranger School to “Yale Point” and the infamous Wanakena Rock. This will take approximately 15-20 minutes to reach.
  • Optional self-guided Historic Walking Tour available from Wanakena Historical Association either before or after the paddling tour.