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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!

Pat Kral May 06, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Wow!!! A day maker for me! Seeing the natural environment from which the city sprung a whole other world right in our own backyard thank you for this one
Vanessa Mason May 06, 2011 at 01:52 PM
definitely an interesting view of a part of Brooklyn that is rarely seen...at least for me great piece!
landlord69 May 06, 2011 at 09:19 PM
I'm all for cleaning up the gowanus, but to canoe & kayak? didn't any of you people have a real childhood?
Georgia Kral May 06, 2011 at 10:05 PM
It reminded me of my childhood!
landlord69 May 06, 2011 at 11:43 PM
if you need a definition of 'real', then you have missed childhood. please grow up already.
landlord69 May 07, 2011 at 05:00 PM
how am i 'attacking' validity/goodness of someone's childhood--explain. it's not about getting into a canoe, it's about how you newbies deem the gowanus as a pristine waterway--it's NOT! don't you know how much bacteria is in there? yet, you simply can't wait to get in there with your kayak! that's what makes you childish! yes, children, dream on & paddle away!
Tony May 07, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I agree this canal is very toxic at this point, this is very naive (and stupid even) to be so close to a superfund site. Maybe in 20 yrs, I will be with you enjoying the canal, but right now just leave it to the EPA to do the massive clean up
lydia May 09, 2011 at 02:47 PM
I had the opportunity of a life time when I got on the canoe and a friend rowed me up towards Carroll Bridge. It was a beautiful night. The canoe ride was a great experience. Once the pumping station gets finished we are going to see tremedous change.
landlord69 May 09, 2011 at 05:22 PM
hey lydia, didn't you pay attention to tony's comment? what the hell is wrong with you people?
South Bklyn Girl May 09, 2011 at 08:04 PM
I grew up on 2nd street so i know all about the canal. The last place i would wanna be is rowing in a canoe up and down it. Its all these outsiders who moved into the neighborhood who are, well i will just say it IDIOT'S!!!
MandM May 13, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Wow, if you don't like the idea of boating don't do it but "idiots" seems pretty narrow minded. It is a weirdly beautiful place the Gowanus and my hat is off to the people can see that. And my foot is to the backside of any local who scoffs at the "outsiders" trying to envision something other than a open sewer for the place. Go outsiders!
landlord69 May 13, 2011 at 07:31 PM
mandm--you're an idiot! but please go kayaking, get a disease and die, FAST!
Georgia Kral May 13, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Hi all, Another gentle reminder to please keep all comments civil and constructive.
Abdi Ahote Petrus May 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Oh Gowanus. Scar on Paumanouk. Let your open fester swoon with the Feces of lost generations. Let your black waters flow on the children who now walk your walled banks, cover those who boat over the bones of the lost and murdered. Toss time in with the dead cats, the oils of lost industry and the phantoms of a beautiful future.
Chris Kordulak May 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Wishing death to someone that wants to float down a canal seems pretty fair.

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