The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed is your community 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 regional recreation for guided paddles, fishing, riverside hikes, cross-country skiing, bird watching, nature photography, and river festivals. The clean river water makes for great outdoor recreation—drawing both locals and tourists to the area—and is the foundation for sustainable communities and healthy ecosystems. Preserving our waterways helps protect the public and environmental health of our communities, and this is at the heart of what we do. By promoting and educating the community on safe and fun recreation around the river, we improve the quality of life in the Southern Tier and help our residents to embrace their role in protecting and preserving our precious environmental resources.

Osprey Live Cam

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.


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 $10 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!

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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!


Program Highlights

In August, 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.


River Dangers

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.

Chemung River Trail Assessment & Comprehensive Master Plan

Prepared for the City of Elmira, NY, & Chemung County Waterfront Advisory Committee. [PDF]

A Driving Guide to History Along the Chemung River

Explore the path of the Chemung River in Chemung County and learn about its historic significance. [PDF]