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  • Location:Niagara Falls, New York
  • Duration:2.5 hours

Guided Kayaking Tour on Niagara River from the US Side

While visiting the amazing Niagara Falls, take some time to see the beautiful surrounding areas on a kayak tour along the Niagara River. On this 2.5-hour kayaking tour from the American side, your professional guide will lead you along the river, where you'll see numerous scenic sights. Kayak along Grand Island, Strawberry Island and Motor Island, pass the famous River Lea Farmhouse and continue through a wildlife habitat teeming with osprey, eagles, cranes, mink, beavers and more. And don't worry -- you will not be kayaking over the falls!


  • 2.5-hour guided kayak tour along the Niagara River
  • Paddle past three famous islands - Grand Island, Strawberry Island and Motor Island
  • Explore pristine lagoons laced with lily pads and admire the scenic landscape
  • See abundant wildlife including birds, beavers, mink and more
  • Suitable for all fitness levels!
  • Light snack, water and all necessary equipment is included

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Guided Kayaking Tour on Niagara River from the US Side

Kayaking on the Niagara River

Soak in the natural beauty of the Niagara Falls area on this fully guided 2.5-hour kayaking tour from the American side. Your tour departs from Grand Island, New York, where you will be surrounded entirely by the impressive Niagara River. The river splits into two parts at the south end of the island and rejoins at the northwest end, before flowing west to Niagara Falls.

Hop in your single or tandem kayak and let your guide lead you along a moderately easy route that will include many picturesque sights. Paddle past the famous River Lea Farmhouse, an 1849 Victorian farmhouse once owned by President Grover Cleveland's uncle, who hired Cleveland to work on the farm -- the future president's first job.

Continue on to Motor Island, designated as a New York state wildlife habitat. Keep your camera close because here you are likely to spot the spectacular great black cormorants, black birds with gracefully long wingspans, in nests perched in the tops of trees.

From there, head to Strawberry Island to explore a small, tranquil lagoon. Many birds live in this area, including terns, gulls, and cormorants, making for world-class bird watching. The canal along the island is actually a lagoon that separates Little Beaver Island from Beaver Island State Park. As you kayak along the river, admire the lagoon laced with lily pads and coves filled with exotic greenery.

Your tour includes a light snack, water and all the necessary equipment.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic! A wonderful family experience. Our guide Paul was an expert on all aspects of the river, waterfowl, biodiversity and habitat. A Fun and easy going trip. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wow!! What an amazing experience! Our tour guide, Paul, was great! He was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and kayaking! He was amazing with two girls who had never kayaked before, even when my friend got sick halfway through! Be prepared for a beautiful experience! Will definitely return!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Beautiful scenery and wonderful guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was an amazing tour. Our guide was Paul and he explained everything to us about the plants and animals in that region. It was like being in a biology class. This is not a lazy tour, you have to actually work to get where you're going. There is also some open water kayaking which means you're really exposed to the elements and water conditions. We found this just added to the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was the best day of our Niagara trip. Very knowledgeable guide with fascinating history and facts about the area. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes history and water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Kayaking was such a fun and wonderful experience. The regular tour guide was not available as we booked last minute; however the owner's son - Tommy - jumped right in and volunteered himself to give the tour. It was the first tour he had ever given and he was great.

I was in a double kayak with my 9 year old niece; I did the majority of the paddling! Tommy was a wonderful guide with knowledge of the area. I would definitely come back in addition to recommending them to anyone who is looking for a fun, unique activity near the falls!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Great tour, Our guide took the time to allow us to explore the area and customized our trip based on our interests. He was very knowledgeable about the area and did a great job answering our questions.
I cannot wait to go back to kayak again. Thank you so much Dan for a great day!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

What a blast! We thoroughly enjoyed our kayak trip with Kevin. We went down the Niagara river and stopped at Strawberry Island for a light lunch (we brought our own food but Kevin packed some light snacks too). The island has a neat little bay area that was smooth as glass. Our trip back was great - downstream and downwind! On top of that, we weren't too sore the next day. Overall I highly recommend this tour if you are in the area.

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