It’s Official!

It was a small but very happy group that gathered to formally dedicate the new LeRoy canoe & kayak launch. The weather couldn’t have been better!

101_6247 Upstream launch entrance

101_6238 George Squires and John Arneth look out over the site.

101_6248 Group at upstream launch from left to right: Ray Coniglio of the Batavia Daily News; Bob Lathan, Jr, Village of LeRoy DPW Supervisor; Shelley Stein, Genesee SWCD Board Chairman and Genesee County Legislator; Jared Elliott, Genesee SWCD Technician; Greg Rogers, Village of LeRoy Mayor, John Arneth, Town of LeRoy Highway Supervisor; Steve Barbeau, Town of LeRoy Supervisor, George Squires, Genesee SWCD District Manager, Bob Taylor, Village of LeRoy Trustee; Pete Lent, OCWC Chairman & Mark Gutman of the Batavia Daily News.

101_6250 Upstream launch area (south of bridge)

101_6251 Walking to the downstream access (north side of the bridge)

101_6253 View of the bridge from downstream launch

101_6254 Bob Lathan and John Arneth take a look. The Creek was really moving! Thanks for all your hard work, guys!

Shelley Stein gave a heartfelt thanks to all the participating departments & noted that this project was a great example of what can be accomplished with shared services.  George concurred and credited all the involved departments  with working together very effectively so the project went quickly and smoothly, despite the weather not always cooperating.

A big thanks to everyone involved that worked to provide this great new public access to the Oatka!






LeRoy Canoe & Kayak Launch Dedication


Come Join us in LeRoy at 4:00PM next Wednesday, June 24 for the dedication of the new Canoe & Kayak Boat Launch in LeRoy. The ceremony will be at the launch site which is located off Munson St., at the Red Bridge area.

The launch was planned & developed by the Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District with funding from FL-LOWPA. Many thanks to SWCD District Manager, George Squires (who is also an OCWC director), and his SWCD staff for all their hard work. The Highway Departments of the Towns of LeRoy, Stafford & Batavia are owed a round of applause for their contributions in making the project a reality. Thanks also goes to Genesee County Legislator and SWCD Chairman, Shelley Stein, and to OCWC Director, and retired Genesee County Legislator & SWCD Director, Esther Leadley. We appreciate that Esther helped Shelly get the ball rolling on the project before retiring after many years of service. Both of them played a vital role in getting the project off the ground.  And final thanks to the Village of LeRoy, for their support in providing fun, recreational access to the Creek!

The new launch gives those with canoes & kayaks access to areas both upstream and downstream from the bridge. George and Pete recently took a little float, and found the launch was already very popular! OCWC will be at the ribbon cutting with our display & to help answer questions. Hope to see you on the 24th!


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