Linn Launch on the Allegheny River

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Launch your canoe or kayak into the Allegheny River in Portville!

The parking lot has 15 spaces and has a port-a-potty.

Water access is a paved road to the waters edge.

A similar launch has been built downstream in Allegany near the First Street Bridge.  This launch also has plenty of parking available and has access to a number of nearby restaurants, stores and businesses.  If that's too far to paddle, you can pull out at a paved launch near the South Union Street Bridge on Rt. 16S in Olean.

Gleason Hollow Launch to Linn Launch is approximately 2.5 miles.

The Portville to Olean stretch is approximately 5.5 miles and takes approximately 3 hours depending on water level and wind speed.  (Port a pot in Portville)

The Olean to Allegany stretch is approximately 5 miles and takes approximately 2 hours.  (St. Bonaventure has a rest room with map & directions along river bank)

The Allegany to Salamanca stretch is approximately 22 miles and takes about 7 hours.  (Allegany has a restroom facility)

Photo of Linn Launch in Portville. By Bob Fischer
Linn Launch
Steam Valley Road
Portville, NY
United States
42° 3' 2.232" N, 78° 21' 24.984" W

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Parking: Yes
  • RV Parking: Unknown
  • Bus Parking: Unknown
  • Pets Allowed: Unknown
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Unknown
  • Internet Access: Unknown
  • Conference / Meeting / Banquet: Unknown
  • Playground: Unknown
  • Indoor Pool: Unknown
  • Outdoor Pool: Unknown
  • Swimming: Creek
  • Boat Launch or Dock: Yes
  • Fishing Access: Direct
  • Equestrian Trail Access: No
  • Bicycle Trail Access: Yes
  • Hiking Trail Access: No
  • Mountain Biking Trail Access: No
  • Snowmobile Trail Access: Yes

Please note

Please note that this information may change and may be incorrect

Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

Read more about Steelhead/Rainbow fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek

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