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A new driving guide makes it easy for the public to visit the Chemung River by vehicle, enjoy the natural views and learn about the waterway’s history.

 “Shoot the chute.” The new driving guide tour includes a visit to the site of a former wooden water toboggan used in the early 1900s near today’s Fitch’s Bridge in Big Flats where locals went to “shoot the chute” and ride a wooden sled down the toboggan into the river. (Photo provided by Friends of the Chemung River Watershed). Notice the boat paddlers in suits and ties.

“Shoot the chute.” The new driving guide tour includes a visit to the site of a former wooden water toboggan used in the early 1900s near today’s Fitch’s Bridge in Big Flats where locals went to “shoot the chute” and ride a wooden sled down the toboggan into the river. (Photo provided by Friends of the Chemung River Watershed). Notice the boat paddlers in suits and ties.

“A Driving Guide to History Along the Chemung River,” a free 12-page publication, includes maps, photos and GPS coordinates to historic sites along the river, including a former Civil War prison camp, the Chemung Canal, tobacco farms and a wooden water toboggan. It is a self-guided driving tour of the river between Big Flats and the town of Chemung that helps people explore the 45-mile river and learn about its historical significance.
The scenic two-hour tour visits historic sites and boat launches and brings you to the river’s edge and history’s doorstep. Many of the boat launches include kiosks spotlighting local history for visitors. A word of caution: Some of the narrow boat launch access roads are crushed stone or dirt, so conditions can be rough at times.
The full-color spiral-bound guide was written and published in a partnership between the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed (River Friends) and the Chemung County History Museum to encourage the public to visit the river and learn about its history and natural beauty. It was paid for by a grant through the museum.
The guides are available at the museum gift shop, 415 E. Water St., Elmira or at the River Friends office, 111 N. Main St., Elmira. You may also access the guide online at www.chemungvalleymuseum.org  or www.chemungriverfriends.org  at  http://www.chemungriverfriends.org/pdf/DrivingGuide_History.pdf

Take A Paddle - Finger Lakes

Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes

Go back & paddle the Chemung River (& other area rivers) using the guidebook “Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks.”

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A better way to paddle, fish and enjoying our local rivers is now just a mouse click away.
A new online paddle guide at www.chemungriverfriends.org – sponsored by the Friends of the Chemung River, or Chemung River Friends – features interactive maps and information about the Chemung, Cohocton, Tioga and Susquehanna rivers.
The maps show the locations of public boat launches, their GPS coordinates, distances between the launches, real time river levels and weather forecasts. The maps also include nearby roads, highways and municipalities — making it easier for first-time users to drive to the launch sites.
Click on a launch site and you get a boatload of information, including: the launch name, the river, nearest municipality, details about the boat ramps, access roads, parking spaces, restrooms, pavilions, picnic tables, benches, camping and picnicking.
The paddling guide and maps were developed over the last year by the Chemung River Friends. The guide and maps were available online starting June 22.
“Our website now offers the most detailed and comprehensive source of information available about our rivers and how to best use and enjoy them,” said Jim Pfiffer, director of the Chemung River Friends. “The online guide and maps make it easier to plan your river recreation, to get to launch sites, and to make your river experiences safer and more fun.”
Each launch site page includes a satellite view of the launch, pictures of the site from land and the water, and beautiful scenic photographs of the waterways and their plant and animal life.
Many of the launch sites include a watercolor painting of the site by Corning artist and Chemung River Friends board member Jennifer Fais.
You can also use the guide and maps to find helpful tips on paddling safety and river advice, and learn about nearby parks, business and tourist attractions and local history and river lore.
“Our new website paddling guide will help attract tourists to our region and remind local folks of what gorgeous and accessible natural resource and recreation opportunities we have in our rivers,” Pfiffer added.

For information on additional places to paddle in the southern tier & throughout the Finger Lakes region, pick up a copy of the guidebook “Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks.”

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Click here to read a digital and interactive version of Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine. It includes articles on paddling the Chemung River and “Back from the Brink,” a program on Honeoye & Canadice Lakes, among other stories.

Take A Paddle - Finger Lakes

To paddle the Chemung River pick up a copy of Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks.” To explore trails and waterfalls near Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, use “Take A Hike – Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region” and “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region.”

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The Chemung is a major tributary of the Susquehanna River, and its three tributaries (the Tioga, Canisteo and Conhocton Rivers) run through the scenic woodland and hills of the southern tier of New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The Chemung Basin River Trail traverses about 80 miles of this beautiful Chemung Valley. A series of fourteen public launch sites provide easy access to the rivers. On-line maps, launch site information and scheduled events will help you plan your trip.

Paddle part of the same route that early 19th century settlers used for transporting goods down stream all the way to Havre de Grace, Maryland! For more information about Chemung Basin River Trail call (607) 962-5092 or visit the following website: http://www.chemungrivertrail.com/

The NY portions of the Chemung River , Susquehanna River, Tioga River, Canisteo River and Conhocton River are mapped and described in the guidebook Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks.”

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By Jeff Murray, Star Gazette, link to original post

When Tom Trifoso of Elmira decided to rekindle his interest in biking after a 21-year absence, he had no idea it would lead to a fast-growing club that is now certified to help other bicyclists handle emergencies.

But that’s exactly what happened when Trifoso and fellow bike enthusiast Carol Worden started the Finger Lakes Mountain Bike Club in December.

In less than a year, the club has attracted 37 members, has a website and recently received training and certification from the National Mountain Bike Patrol. “It’s a spinoff of the National Ski Patrol. What Carol and I had to do is be First Aid and CPR certified,” Trifoso said. “The patrol is the eyes and ears of landowners. If we see trees down or anything dangerous, we report it. If anyone falls and gets hurt or has mechanical problems, we’re trained to help them out.”

Trifoso took additional classes and is certified to train others to become part of the bike patrol.

There are about 60 National Mountain Bike Patrol groups in the United States and only two or three in New York, Trifoso said. A big part of the club’s mission is safety education. “We do take beginners. There are a lot of adults and children that don’t wear helmets,” Worden said.

Trifoso is close friends with Jim Pfiffer, director of the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed. He’s also fond of riding on some of the trails along the river, so it made sense to set up the club as an affiliate of the friends group.

The fledgling club is looking for more members and it doesn’t matter if they are advanced bicyclists, Trifoso said. Mainly they want people who are willing to get their hands dirty and help develop new trails or improve existing ones.

Membership is free. “We’re not a bunch of kids bombing down a mountain. There’s a lot more to off-road riding,” Trifoso said. “We have the Catharine Valley Trail, Keuka Trail, a lot of trails that are really relaxing and fun to ride on.

“This is for all skill levels. We really want to focus on kids, getting them out here so they can see the benefits of getting out in nature and getting off the road.”

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Cement was poured and construction crews were hard at work on Wednesday (April 28, 2010). The beginning stages of what will soon be a picnic pavilion and a weather station kiosk is underway at Grove Street Boat Launch in Elmira.

The pavilion will offer shelter for paddlers, hikers, fishermen and kayakers. Neighbors can gather with friends, enjoy picnics and the summer sunshine. “This is fantastic” stated Jim Keough of Big Flats, “We come down here to Grove Street to kayak and have always wondered, where are the pavilions, where are the picnic tables, were are the grills” he stated.

For the outdoors folk, this twenty-foot-tall steel pipe kiosk will soon be a twenty-four-seven solar-powered weather station with maps and informational panels telling you the current and future weather forecasts. Fisherman Scott McDaniels of Elmira is excited for these new additions. “It’s a good thing to get more people to use the river and this new addition to tell temperature and everything, it’s going to be better for us, so we know what the weather is going to be like” said McDaniels.

According to Bob Bailey, about nineteen-thousand dollars in grant money made these additions possible. Bailey, who is the Vice President of the Chemung River Friends, stated that neighbors can expect to see more activity on the water come summer time. He also stated that Chemung River Friends is working on plans to build biking and hiking trails from West Elmira all the way to Corning.

To paddle the Chemung River, and many other area streams, pick up a copy of the guidebook “Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks.”

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The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed have a new and improved website. The group teamed up with the Chemung Basin River Trail Partnership to showcase all that Southern Tier Rivers have to offer.

Visitors to the site can see the best places to hike and bike along the waterways, find out the best times to canoe and learn information about the rivers. It also lists upcoming events and links to other local attractions.

To check out the newly expanded site, visit www.chemungriverfriends.org.

For additional details on exploring the southern tier, refer to the guidebooks:
Take A Paddle – Finger Lakes New York Quiet Water for Canoes & Kayaks
Take A Hike – Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
Peak Experiences – Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County
Snow Trails – Cross-country Ski & Snowshoe in Central & Western New York

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