Chemung River Friends ...Friends of the Chemung River Watershed in Finger Lakes Region of NY


Annual Meeting Nov. 12. See what River Friends are doing!

See what River Friends did this year and get a peek at next year

The public is invited to attend the Chemung River Friends annual meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12 at the Finger Lakes House, 389 W. Water St., Elmira.

The event includes:

  • A recap of River Friends successful 2018.

  • A peek at our 2019 plans.

  • Presenting the volunteer of the year and business of the year awards.

  • Nomination of the Chemung River Friends officers for 2019.

  • Audience Q&A and feedback on future river programs and projects.

  • Short River Friends board meeting that the public can attend.

The pay-at-the-door fee is $10 and includes a free New York State craft beer or glass of wine and food. The Finger Lakes House features a beautiful wooden and heated back porch overlooking the Chemung River.

Please join for some knowledge, fun and good food and beverages; and to share your ideas and suggestions with us.

Chemung River Friends is a nine-year-old, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Elmira, dedicated to protecting and improving our waterways; and improving the public's use, understanding and respect for our natural resources.

J. Pfiffer

Executive Director

Chemung River Friends.

111 N. Main St.

Elmira, NY 14901

2018 River Friends public eco-recreation and cleanup events

  Public education and outreach events.  We are done for the 2018 season, but look for these activities in 2019: 

Guided Nature Stroller Walks

These short and easy walks are designed to introduce parents, grandparents and toddlers to area trails, parks, ponds, rivers, and streams where the public can hike and enjoy outdoor recreation and nature's beauty. Each walk includes an educational theme and snacks and water. 

Please dress for the weather-walks are cancelled only for thunder/lightning! 

The free walks are sponsored by the Chemung Valley Audubon Society. for more details about these walks, including directions to each site, please visit

    Guided paddle trips and hikes

Southern Tier Kayak Tours - done for the season.

Southern Tier Kayak Tours (STKT) provides kayaks, equipment and bus  transportation for most of our guided river paddles. During the 2-to-3-hour trips you will be joined by 15 to 20 paddlers of all abilities and experiences. We paddle on water that is relatively safe -- with ripples, not rapids. The experienced guides and r paddlers make the trips safe and fun (squirt guns are included).

FEE: River Friends pays $25 of the $50/paddler fee charged by STKT. You may bring your own canoe or kayak for a reduced fee. Contact STKT for more info and to register for the guided paddles: 607-220-3642 or

These tours are done for the season.  Check back next spring for another series!

 River, stream and trail cleanups

   More cleanups: Will be announced in 2019.

Upper Susquehanna Coalition

Welcome Partners River Trail Launch Sites Recreation Events Groups & Projects Susquehanna Watershed Paddling Guide

Chemung River Friends 111 N. Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901 (607) 846-2242 Facebook

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