Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Company

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If you're searching for adventure, Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting can help provide some outdoor fun for both Spring and Summer.

For those who want to experience Western New York's hidden gem, white water rafting on the mighty Cattaraugus, through Zoar Valley, is the perfect springtime activity. You'll view rugged cliffs hundreds of feet high, waterfalls (both free falling and hidden by old growth stands of oak, hemlock and tulip), nesting bald eagles and you'll experience the finest white water west of the Adirondacks. The season runs from Mid-March through May and the ten mile trip takes approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete. For those who might want a milder version, a 6 mile run on the lower section of the river, is available.

The Adventure Tour which begins in June, is an extension of the spring white water rafting trip through Zoar Valley. The water will be much lower but also much warmer! You will float the quiet sections, run the rapids that are available, portage through the low sections (carry the rafts), swim, hike and enjoy the pristine beauty of Zoar Valley all the way through.

Rafting the Cattaraugus Creek
Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Company
11 South Water Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
United States
Phone: 1-800-724-0696
42° 27' 46.9728" N, 78° 56' 6.4572" W

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible: Unknown
  • Parking: Yes
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  • Mountain Biking Trail Access: Unknown
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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.

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