Posted in NYC | pictures on October 19, 2004

A big thanks to the weather gods for supplying perfect canoeing weather on Saturday. And a bigger thanks to the Gowanus Dredgers for supplying the opportunity.

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

'The Gowanus Canal extends through the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Red Hook. Built in the 19th century to accommodate barge traffic, the canal’s banks still reflect its industrial heritage.'

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

'Nearby buildings date back to the Revolutionary War, but today much of the canal is lined with concrete plants, warehouses, and parking lots that limit access to the water’s edge.'

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

'Very few remaining industries still use the canal for barge traffic. Today, as neighborhoods around the canal grow, residents are looking at the infamous waterway in a new light.'

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

'Since the mid-1800s, the Gowanus Canal has been heavily polluted. In the late 20th century, poor environmental conditions were exacerbated when the propeller in the flushing tunnel broke, leaving the canal's water essentially stagnant.'

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

In 1999, after years of advocacy by local officials and residents, the tunnel was repaired and 2,000 tons of contaminated sediments were dredged from the bottom of the canal. These efforts led to immediate water quality improvements and sparked, perhaps for the first time in 50 years, interest in recreational access.

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Canal, from a Canoe

The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to providing waterfront access and education to the public. We are located on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York and run programs on the shorelines of Gowanus, Red Hook and DUMBO.

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Comments (32)

Rock on! I had fun exploring the canal with you.

Posted by Lawrence | October 19, 2004 2:46 PM

Hey Brooklynvegan, how do we get in on canoe action? I just moved here and have, so far, only kayaked on the Hudson?

Posted by Elayne | October 20, 2004 11:02 AM

The pictures turned out great. I've only put up a few of the ones I took when I wasn't steering, which you can view through my link (http://www.sauna.org/loyly/photo/canal/ just in case something gets washed up.)

Once I have more than three minutes to spare, I'll see if I can put more up with more text.

Nice to have met you and thanks for bringing this event to my attention.

Posted by gak | October 20, 2004 11:15 AM

My grandpa was born and raised in the Slope, and he says he used to swim in the Canal as a boy. One time he felt something brushing against his leg. It was a rope, which he pulled and pulled, only to find the other end attached to a dead goat! I'll share these photos with him, I'm sure he will think the canoeing is as funny as the time I told him about the Gowanas Yacht Club.

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Posted by Respectable Reviews | October 3, 2009 5:28 PM

Cool pix!!! Thanks for posting them. My late Grandfather was born in a 3 story walkup at #10 Union street which has since been torn down. He used to tell me stories about swimming with his friends and people fishing in the Gowanus back in the late teens and early 20s

Posted by Bob Tebo | October 26, 2009 1:28 PM

Where do you lunch from to get in the canal?

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Posted by SOFIADELACRUZ | February 26, 2010 9:10 PM

I would love to get a canoe tour of the Gowanus next time I am in NYC. Our son lives in Brooklyn(Williamsburg), and we visit Prospect Park, not far.
How do I get to cntact someone who can give us a tour?
Thanks, great to see interest in cleaning up the canal. Reminds me of San Antonio and what they have done there. Everyone in Brooklyn, and the world, would benefit.
Thanks,
Tommy Mangold

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http://www.epa.gov/region2/superfund/npl/gowanus/
http://www.gowanuscanalconservancy.org/ee/

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