The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming a dilapidated, historically significant estuary into a self-sustaining, environmentally friendly, and healthy waterfront to be enjoyed and treasured by current and future generations.
Tour revenue will be invested in encouraging waterfront activity and stewardship of the waterway, reconnecting the local community with their shoreline.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from April - September
Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather
5 to 20
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Light and casual clothing
Have you canoed Gowanus with the Dredgers yet? Join Owen Foote, Gowanus urban planner/architect, adventurer and founding member of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, for a voyage on the Gowanus Canal to discuss the past present and future of our waterway. Mr. Foote has been improving the Gowanus neighborhood for over 25 years and is often spotted with a canoe paddle in hand or speaking at meetings discussing the neighborhood's future.
Meet at the boathouse for a short safety presentation at the shoreline, where you will be outfitted with safety gear before starting your adventure. Then, embark on a voyage filled with questions and conversation on how recreation can have a positive influence on improving and encouraging environmental awareness and activism in an urban setting. Paddle along the Gowanus Canal and see a hidden side of New York, including the underside of bridges and a transforming industrial neighborhood. Discover the fun of canoeing as you explore the history of this Brooklyn neighborhood’s rich past, present, and future.
Please book at least 3 days in advance.
165 2nd Street, New York, NY, United States
The tour start address is a 5-minute walk from the Carroll St. subway station on the F/G line.
To assemble and educate a diverse group of individuals, businesses, and organizations to improve the Gowanus waterfront in Brooklyn and foster awareness of issues affecting the New York-New Jersey harbor.
Estuary discovery tours
Gowanus waterfront canoe voyages
Brooklyn waterfront bicycle tours
Lighten Up Brooklyn events, promoting cardiovascular activity as a means to stay healthy in Brooklyn
Gowanus Oktoberfest - An end-of-season event to highlight accomplishments of the past season
South Brooklyn Waterfront Resource Map - A resource map to showcase other organizations, resources, and efforts while informing the public of waterfront issues
Spring Boathouse, Shoreline, and Canal Cleaning Festival - Event where volunteers collect and remove bags of trash from the estuary, sustain life and prevent dumping