Located on the south side of Irondequoit Bay, Bayside Creek and Paddle is a paradise for water and nature lovers. There are so many activities available during the spring, summer and fall seasons; any water lover can virtually have their pick.
Basically, Bayside Creek and Paddle offers canoeing, paddling and kayaking. They offer courses, kid’s camps, lessons, rentals, group activities and events. Stand up paddle boards are available, and since the tributaries are usually very calm, they are the perfect location to practice your balance on the “high seas.”
Warm weather is a hot commodity in the northeast, and the best way to take advantage of the great outdoors and get in some exercise is by getting a paddle in your hand and meandering your way through the Irondequoit Bay tributaries. Wildlife is abundant. Swans, snakes, blue herons, there’s a bevy of animal life that makes for a great hands-on education for both kids and adults.
Laminated maps are available for those who aren’t confident in their own sense of direction, however, since the tributaries resemble capillaries – following these maps often feels like trying to search for the treasure on a pirate’s treasure map. Luckily, the main areas are easily accessible and there are plenty of distinguishable landmarks to lead you back to “camp.”
An hour of paddling time is extremely reasonable – just $17 for the first hour (2013 prices), and each hour after that even less. As recreation for a couple, or for a parent with their children, it beats video games and movies.
Can’t get enough of paddling? Buy your own! This comes with great benefits including: Free basic lessons for life, get up to a 20% discount on advanced lessons, get discounts on accessories like wet suits, paddles, footware, roof racks, life jackets, also save on storage fees. Get free launches from Baycreek into the beautiful, protected wetlands when you purchase your water vehicle from them. And finally, when you buy your boat from Bayside, you get eligibility into their Masters Program, for the truly devoted and competitive group.
Baycreek also offers their very own trips and expeditions, for beginners and masters of the craft. They believe in the love of the water, the love of the boat and love of nature. All of which can be found at Bayside Creek and Paddle.
Although it’s just miles from the heart of Rochester, New York, the peacefulness of these wetlands will transfix you with their endless criss-crossing waterways, open skies, friendly people and fascinating wildlife. If you’re in the Rochester, New York area, spend an afternoon exploring Irondequoit Bay and its tranquil tributaries.