Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club: Brooklyn Canoe Tour: Sunset Gowanus Canal Voyage

Brooklyn Canoe Tour: Sunset Gowanus Canal Voyage

Brooklyn, United States

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

Non-profit organization

1.5 hours
From$250 USDper group

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 Highlights

  • Canoe the Gowanus Canal while helping preserve and improve the Brooklyn waterfront.
  • Learn about the environmental legacy of an industrial waterfront and what it will take to retain some of the grit and quirkiness that makes it so wonderful.
  • Enjoy a unique view of the city at sunset.

Revenue is invested in encouraging waterfront activity and stewardship of the waterway, reconnecting the local community with their shoreline.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from April - September

  • Start Time

    6 PM

  • Duration

    1.5 hours

  • Good For

  • Languages


  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 20

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Light and casual clothing

Tour Description

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.

Tour Start Address

165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, New York, United States

How To Get There

The tour start address is a 5-minute walk from the Carroll St. subway station on the F/G line.

More About Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club


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.

Main Programs

  • 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

Awards & Recognition

Gowanus Community Development Corporation
Award Winner
Municipal Arts Society
Award Winner
New York Times
NYC Water Trail Association
American Canoe Association
Gowanus Canal Conservancy