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Experiencing the Gowanus Canal – From a Canoe

The editors of Carroll Gardens and Park Slope Patch take a canoe trip down the canal with the Gowanus Dredgers.

The Gowanus Canal is much more than a polluted waterway – it is a natural habitat, an industrial passageway, and, as we found out, a great way to escape the city.

And the best way to see all of this? From a canoe.

Our guides were Owen Foote and Ray Howell of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, a member organization run by volunteers that leads canoe rides along the waterway. The Dredgers have a permanent trailer on the Canal, at 2nd Street just past Bond, which is filled with canoes and paddles.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, head to the Gowanus and take a boat out, for free!

Gary Hoopengardner May 06, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Yeah! Great story and I will be taking a canoe ride very soon. I want to know more about becoming apart of cleaning up the canal. This is something I am willing to get involved in, and I want to know more! Hoop

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