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 feed from the Osprey Nesting Pole on Clinton Island in Downtown Elmira, sponsored by Pump Doctors in Horseheads, NY. They are your well water experts, who have been keeping our water clean for over 30 years!

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Picture of the River

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!

Members on the River


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 that we do with your membership!


New Signs on Walnut Street Bridge Warn Paddlers

New signs are being installed on the Walnut Street Bridge in Elmira to warn Chemung River paddlers about the hazardous Chase-Hibbard low-head dam 1,000 yards downstream.

Each of the four, easy-to-see, 8-by-4-foot aluminum signs read “Danger Dam Ahead” printed in white letters on a red background. The signs, purchased by the Chemung River Friends, will be installed on the four main sections of the side of the bridge facing upstream. Learn more on our Flood page.


River Dangers

When we receive reports of dangerous obstacles on the rivers, we post them here.

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]