The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed is the community's connection for everything related to the beautiful Chemung River, its tributaries, and the trails and grounds surrounding the river. The 45-mile-long Chemung River is at the center of our efforts to promote regional recreation for guided paddles, fishing, riverside hikes, cross-country skiing, biking, bird watching, nature photography, and other events and programs. We also believe that a clean watershed is what makes for great outdoor recreation, drawing both locals and tourists to the area, and protecting the ecosystem is critical as we advocate for increased responsible usage of our watershed. We work to educate the public on safe and fun recreation around the river, improving the quality of life in the Southern Tier, and helping the community to embrace their role in protecting our precious natural resources.
FLX Gives 2022: November 17 - 18
We are excited to be a part of this community-wide day of giving challenge, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.
This year, our goal is to raise $3,500 to help support improvements to boat launch sites and river trail systems along the Chemung River and its tributaries. Since the beginning of 2022, we have collected over 75 large bags of trash along the riverside trails, supported 12 guided boat trips down the Chemung River, and distributed over 200 life jackets to the public and rescue personnel to promote river safety.
This means that we have prevented that much trash from entering into our waterways, introduced new enthusiasts to the river, and supported the safe and responsible use of our river. Your thoughtful donations continue to make an impact in our community's use and love of our natural resources!
This regional fundraising event begins on Thursday, November 17 at 6PM and ends on Friday, November 18 at 6PM. All donations received during this time (using this link) will be doubled “dollar-for-dollar” up to $1,750, thanks to our matching gift sponsors! Our FLXGives 2022 matching gift sponsors are Cameron Manufacturing and Design, Young's Tires, and the Board of the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed.
Additionally, give between 3:01pm-4:00pm on November 18 to make us eligible to receive a special prize of $1,000 added to our total!
You can also join us on social media for this special giving opportunity! Please share this event on social media with your family, friends, and colleagues to promote this giving day challenge.
To make a gift, use this link in this event starting on Thursday, November 17 at 6PM. Also, if you want to make a general donation, you don't have to wait. You can make a donation online right now using this link.
Remember, all donations received between 6PM on November 17 and 6PM on November 18 will be doubled when using our event link here! Help us reach our goal of $3,500 to support the fun and safe use of the river, and conservationism around our watershed.
Fascinations by the River
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with local fiber artist, Shannah Warwick from BlckBts, to do fiber art installations on the riverside trails throughout Chemung County! Our project, titled "Fascinations by the River," was recently awarded a 2022 Community Arts Grant from The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes! You'll find these nature-inspired art installations in several locations. We won't tell you where, but we've set up a scavenger hunt so you can explore our river trails and discover them on your own. Your first hint:
If you are starting at the beginning of the Chemung River in Chemung County (heading East), you will find the first piece at a boat launch named after a locally famous LANDING...
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Support River Friends
When you make a donation, ask us about how you can obtain our river map bandannas and our Susquehanna & Chemung River Guide Book—a great way to support our organization! Our bandannas are available for $5 and our Guide Book is only $40. The book is 116 pages of topographic maps of the Chemung and Susquehanna Rivers, boating regulations, paddling tips, safety info, river history, camp sites, and so much more!
Guided canoe & kayak trips, river hikes, bike treks, cross-country skiing and riverbank cleanups, building boat launches, developing riverside education and safe boating programs for all ages, preserving and protecting our rivers, plants, and wildlife, and promoting the scenic beauty that is the Chemung River... You can support all the we do by becoming a "River Friend" member through a donation!
Osprey Live Cam
Check out our live stream from the Osprey Nesting Pole on Clinton Island in Downtown Elmira, sponsored by Casella! Watch these beautiful birds before they migrate and after they return to the nest, or watch our beautiful river during the off-season.
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River Maps & Launch Sites
We have everything you'll need as you explore our rivers! You can view our interactive map, learn about water safety, and learn all about the history of our rivers. Explore the site menus above for more info. You can click on the button below to view current water levels.
In 2021, we had an amazing day with Burt Beebe from Honeybeemade, Mark Earley from Mark'’'s Hive Relocation, and Casella Waste Systems at the Bee Apiaries on the land buffers! We learned so much on the life of bees, their importance to our watershed ecosystem, and the importance of responsible waste management! This is just one of the many interest programs we run to educate the community on our watershed’s ecosystem. To learn about more of our upcoming programs, click below.
When we receive reports of dangerous obstacles on the rivers, we post them here. Whether you’re out on your boat fishing, hunting, or enjoying the scenery, the Safe Boating Campaign has some tips to get the most out of your adventure on the water and avoid the dangers of cold-water immersion.