Boat Launch at Port of Rochester

You can launch your boat here at the southeast end of the boat harbor along the Genesse River. There's a fee for motor boats, but not for paddlers.

To the north you can see the Port of Rochester and the new boat docks. This harbor opened in 2016, and cost almost $20 Million dollars. Some of the dirt from this giant hole was used to fill in the inner loop in downtown Rochester.

The harbor area was once the site of a blast furnace that operated from 1868 until 1927. When it opened, the furnace was one of the finest foundries in the U.S. It produced molten iron, and the work was hot, dirty and dangerous. Trestles were used to deliver coal from railroad cars to the furnace, and to load the iron onto ships. Remnants of the furnace were found when the boat harbor was dug 90 years later.

Boat Launch at Port of Rochester
  • Boat Launch at Port of Rochester